[AZW] ✓ Floating City | By â Kerri Sakamoto

Floating City By Kerri Sakamoto,

  • Title: Floating City
  • Author: Kerri Sakamoto
  • ISBN: 9780345809896
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Citizen Kane reimagined, a novel about ambition and the relentless desire to belong, from the author of the Commonwealth Prize winning and Governor General s Literary Award nominated The Electrical Field.Frankie Hanesaka isn t afraid of a little hard work An industrious boy, if haunted by the mysterious figures of his mother s past in Japan, he grows up in a floating hoCitizen Kane reimagined, a novel about ambition and the relentless desire to belong, from the author of the Commonwealth Prize winning and Governor General s Literary Award nominated The Electrical Field.Frankie Hanesaka isn t afraid of a little hard work An industrious boy, if haunted by the mysterious figures of his mother s past in Japan, he grows up in a floating house in the harbour of Port Alberni, BC With all the Japanese bachelors passing through town to work in the logging camps and lumber mills, maybe he could build a hotel on the water, too Make a few dollars But then the war comes, and Frankie finds himself in a mountain internment camp, his small dreams of success dashed by the great tides of history After the war, Frankie tries his luck in Toronto, where possibility awaits in the form of a patron who teaches him how to turn effort into money, and a starry eyed architect who teaches Frankie something harder to come by the ability to dream big Buckminster Fuller s role as Frankie s outsized spiritual mentor is one of just many real life touchstones and extraordinary points of colour in this fairytale like story about family, ambition and the costs of turning our backs on history and home.
    Floating City Citizen Kane reimagined a novel about ambition and the relentless desire to belong from the author of the Commonwealth Prize winning and Governor General s Literary Award nominated The Electrical Fi

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    1. Really enjoyed the historical detail in this the Nisei experience on Canada s west coast is fascinating, and I ve only read a few perspectives on it Authentic feeling story of a Canadian born son of Japanese parents from the 1930s 1980s Starts with childhood experiences living on a floating house on the BC coast and follows through the internment and mountain camps of WWII, setting out to Toronto in the postwar period to build a life, dreaming and working toward success, and dealing with the fal [...]

    2. I won this book in a First reads Giveaway Thank you I enjoyed this book, but it was strange first a story about the lives of Japanese Canadians during WWII and their forced internment, which was well written and historically interesting And readers are shown the racial discrimmination that existed toward Asians, particularly the Japanese, at that time But the book gradually became a different book, once Frankie moved to Toronto, and magical realism and metaphysics took over Then the characters a [...]

    3. Thanks to the publishers for this ARC copy I really enjoyed this book I was interested to learn about the experience of Japanese Canadians during WW2 The author s style is engaging, providing big moments without being forceful The only parts I didn t enjoy were the brief sections that went all metaphysical I felt jarred by them and felt they were forced However they did not affect my overall enjoyment of the story If there was another book with Frankie and his family I would read it I would reco [...]

    4. I loved this book, especially the way it has such a lovely magical or you could call it spiritual element to it Lovely writing, that pulls you in Plus, it s a topic I m interested in ever since reading Obasan , I ve been curious about the experience of Japanese Canadians during World War 2 As a Canadian myself, this is of special interest to me, and I ve often felt that the topic hasn t been given the attention it merits, so it was good to see it addressed here Well written, engaging, and both t [...]

    5. I received this book for free through Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.This book definitely made me feel good, with a character I could look up to and respect and setting changes that were all too familiar and added to the feeling of relatability The plot took enough turns at the beginning, however I feel like it kind of slowed down by the end But still, the character development and sad historical relevance of the book makes this definitely an important read, and a s [...]

    6. I did enjoy the beginning of the book, which gives a glimpse into the immigrant experience If you are looking for a historical fiction novel, this is not the book for you The time spent in the internment camp is less than twenty pages and the book spans decades with little detail The book moves quickly from one setting to another and you don t become emotionally involved in the characters, or the setting.

    7. There s a thread of a sort of magical realism wound through this tale of family, big dreams, and strange architecture It makes for some lovely imagery I rather enjoyed parts of this book, early on the building of a floating island flower garden was lovely, but I found much of the plot in the second half of the book difficult to follow I received a free ARC of this book through a giveaway on

    8. Captivating story of Frankie from his early years in British Columbia with his Japanese parents to making his way across Canada to build a future for himself and fulfill his dreams and ambitions I enjoyed the details of Frankie s early life, time in the Japanese internment camps and his witnessing of the growth of Toronto The back cover describes it as a fairytale like story and I felt this throughout the book.

    9. Thank you to and Kerri Sakamoto for an advance read copy of Floating City Great read I would give this book a 4.5 if it was possible I really loved it Exceptional writing I recommend this book for sure If you think the story is based on fact then look it up and learn I learned a lot and enjoyed the writing and the story.

    10. This engrossing novel captured the fervour of historical travesties of justice by illuminating the personal consequences suffered by these diverse individual characters in Canada

    11. Through the mists of this book I could feel the influence of Mordecai Richler s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Ondaatje s In The Skin of the Lion Frankie s journey did speak to me at times, and it helps greatly to have a certain knowledge of Toronto s architectural history geographic layout The plot grabbed me at times and I sped through Frankie s travails Other passages character interactions left me cold and less interested and I wasn t entirely sure of the underlying themes the autho [...]

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