Forgiveness Read Online Free - The heart-rending true story of two families on either side of the Second World War-and a moving tribute to the nature of forgiveness
When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean traded his quiet yet troubled life on the Magdalene Islands in eastern Canada for the ravages of war overseas. On the other side of the country, Mitsue Sakamoto and her family felt their pleasant life in Vancouver starting to fade away after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Ralph found himself one of the many Canadians captured by the Japanese in December 1941. He would live out his war in a prison camp, enduring beatings, starvation, electric feet and a journey on a hell ship to Japan, watching his friends and countrymen die all around him. Mitsue and her family were ordered out of their home and were packed off to a work farm in rural Alberta, leaving many of their possessions behind. By the end of the war, Ralph was broken but had survived. The Sakamotos lost everything when the community centre housing their possessions was burned to the ground, and the $25 compensation from the government meant they had no choice but to start again.
Forgiveness intertwines the compelling stories of Ralph MacLean and the Sakamotos as the war rips their lives and their humanity out of their grasp. But somehow, despite facing such enormous transgressions against them, the two families learned to forgive. Without the depth of their forgiveness, this book's author, Mark Sakamoto, would never have existed.
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January 14, 2018
One of the many wonderful things about Canada Reads is that it encourages Canadian’s to read books… books that you might not normally come across, books that make us think, books that we can debate and books that change us! As my followers know, I love Cana...
February 08, 2018
Forgiveness is not a transaction. It is not an exchange. Forgiveness has nothing to do with the past. p237
This book is part investigative journalism but also an act of devotion to the authors family. Ralph McLean, a Canadian, and Mitsue Sakamoto, also Canadian, both endured world war II as prison...
December 13, 2016
(3.5) Quite a book-worthy family tree!
I enjoyed reading Mark's narratives of his grandparents and parents. I learned a lot about how Japanese were treated in Canada during World War II (particularly in British Columbia). How awful this was, but how it was crucial to Mark ever coming into existenc...
July 17, 2014
All in all a good book, especially for a debut novel. My rating of a three stems from my desire for the book to have delved farther into the process of forgiveness between the author's maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. Sakamoto does a great job in the first 3/4 of the book describing...
January 25, 2018
Michael Ignatieff called this book "part memoir, part saga." While the first part of the book taught me a little more about Japanese-Canadian family life in the mid-20th centure, I look for more story in my saga. I instead it comprised a decently written biography.
I didn't perceive that the latte...
February 18, 2018
This is the kind of book that makes me stay up too late. It was emotional... and such an important read... for obvious reasons given xenophobia and the necessity of learning lessons... but also for personal reasons. First of all, I have never read an in-depth recollection of the Japanese internme...
February 16, 2018
Kudos Mr. Sakamoto. It must have taken a ton of courage for you to sit down with your family members and re-open old wounds from decades ago. Then to have the strength to put your private pain in this book and send it out into the world for all to read and critique.
Your rather unique and interest...
January 28, 2018
Whoever edited this book deserves a demotion or a dismissal. The prose style is mostly fine and often quite wonderful but it is also quite inconsistent with some very abrupt and oddly-placed sentences. And it reads a bit rough in places. I did enjoy Sakamoto's attention to detail in the WWII-era...
February 11, 2018
One of the best books I have ever read. The stunning and at times horrific story is written in a real and impactful style.
Favourite part: The pacing of the book was fantastic. The reader experiences a buildup to what seems to be the climax, and then a slight reprieve before building up again to t...
April 04, 2015
Definitely worth saying that a good part of my connection and enjoyment of this book was based on my connection to the city of Medicine Hat and my acquaintance with Daniel (the author's brother). It was so powerful be able to imagine these events happening to someone I know.
The story itself is re...