Forgiveness

Forgiveness

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 plea The heart-rending true story of two families on either side of the Second World War-and a moving tribute to the natur...

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Title:Forgiveness
Author:Mark Sakamoto
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1443417971
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Forgiveness Reviews

  • Brian
    Mar 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 comin...
  • CynthiaA
    Apr 16, 2018
    This book was the winner of the 2018 Canada Reads debates, and what a worthy winner! Sakamoto tells 3 interwoven stories in this memoir of love and forgiveness: his maternal Grandfather who suffered terribly as a Japanese POW during WWII; his paternal Grandmother, a Canadian-born Ja...
  • Rach
    Apr 03, 2018
    The backbone of this memoir is the alternating stories of Mark Sakamoto's grandparents. On his mother's side, his grandfather, Frank, was a young Canadian soldier who miraculously survived years in prisoner camps in Japan. On his father's side, his grandmother, Mitsue, and her family w...
  • Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
    Mar 22, 2018
    I found this book a slow read until the last few chapters when the story moves into the author?s own life instead of his grandparents? stories. Although his grandparents endured incredible hardships, the writing fell flat. It wasn?t until Sakamoto started talking about himself th...
  • Jacqueline
    Feb 26, 2018
    Heard about this book from the 2018 Canada Reads shortlist. Bought a copy and loved it. Most of the book tells the story of the author's grandparents - a grandmother that suffered through the discrimination of being a Japanese descendant living in Canada when we treated the Japanese pe...
  • David
    Mar 31, 2018
    Every March in Canada we have this odd competition, Canada Reads. It began in 2002 and features five panelists arguing over five books over four days vying to be the worthy book. Each year there is a theme and this year it was the ?book to open your eyes.? Yes with all that snow (i...
  • Jill
    Mar 31, 2018
    Disappointment. While it was a quick read, I was so hopeful that I would be able to relate to this book. My parents were interned during the war. I was hoping to read about Mark?s experience growing up with Japanese heritage but ended up being about his mother?s alcoholism. I felt ...
  • Brandon
    Feb 21, 2018
    In Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto tells the story of his maternal grandfather, Ralph MacLean, who had spent a number of years clinging to life as a POW in a Japanese prison camp during the second World War and his paternal grandmother, Mitsu Sakamoto, who had been forced from her home and ...
  • Magdelanye
    Feb 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 w...
  • Carolyn
    Jul 09, 2018
    This is the recent winner of the CBC?s Canada Reads award. It is an unique family story but am reluctantly giving the book 3 stars. It was narrated in a manner which failed often to convey to me the emotions I should be feeling. The two WW2 stories which occurred separately on both s...
  • Sandra
    Jun 21, 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...
  • Mj
    Jun 23, 2018
    3 stars. A moving and informative memoir about family members involved in WW11 - how Canadians of Japanese descent fared ?at home? and how Canadians fared abroad as soldiers at war in Japan and in POW camps. Sakamoto has paid wonderful tribute to his grandparents (paternal and mat...
  • Barth Siemens
    Jan 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...
  • ❀ Susan G
    Jan 13, 2018
    https://ayearofbooksblog.com/2018/01/... 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 follower...
  • Linda
    Jul 13, 2018
    Although I was aware of the mistreatment of both interned Japanese Canadians and prisoners of war captured by the Japanese in WWII, I had never read any of the details of their experiences. Mark Sakamoto?s book spares no horrendous details in telling his grandparents? stories, but ...
  • Edward Fenner
    Jan 25, 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 th...
  • Julie
    Aug 09, 2018
    This is the Canada Reads Winner and I really enjoyed it. The story of Mark Sakamoto's Japanese paternal grandmother and his Caucasian maternal grandfather is very poignant as his grandfather was a POW in Japan, and his grandmother was forced from her home in Vancouver and sent to work ...
  • Scott Dempsey
    Apr 29, 2018
    A compelling story rich with history, though the third segment left me wanting more. The idea for the book originated as an essay and to me it shows. The extended history from both grandparents perspectives was engaging, though the book culminates to a point that seems small in compari...
  • Luke
    Feb 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 buildin...
  • Kathleen Nightingale
    Jun 22, 2018
    Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto won the Canada Reads award for 2018. Jeanne Beker defended this book to the end and it was an outstanding win. I was drawn to the story line and couldn't wait to read the book. I was certainly not disappointed. I learned more about the Second World War and ...
  • Lise Pomerleau
    Oct 04, 2018
    Wow. Not at all what I expected. I had heard that the book involved Canadian prisoners of Japanese war camps and the expulsion of Japanese Canadians from their homes. I thought I knew something about both of these subjects, and I usually avoid books about war as I find them too upsetti...
  • Nadine Hiemstra
    Mar 17, 2018
    Really interesting way to hear from two different sides of the war. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn and hear the stories of people whose experiences could have easily been lost to time. The writing wasn?t as engaging as I would have liked, but I thought it was a decent ...
  • Elyse
    Feb 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 Japane...
  • Ann-Marie
    Feb 25, 2018
    "My grandparents bore witness to the worst in humanity. Yet they also managed to illuminate the finest in humanity." A tale of 3 interwoven family stories that share the complex & difficult experience of each core player (the author, his maternal Scottish Canadian grandfather &...
  • Kathleen
    Apr 09, 2018
    FORGIVENESS: A Gift from My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto is the heart-rending true story of two people on either side of the war and a moving tribute to the nature of forgiveness. This book is the winner of the Canada Reads Prize in the year 2018! Mark 11:25 "And when you stand pr...
  • Katy
    Jun 24, 2018
    How very Canadian! I am always fascinated with the Canada Reads competition. This year was no exception. The theme was ?One book to open your eyes?, and I was intrigued how both fiction and non fiction could be pitted against one another for the grand title. This book was the winne...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 15, 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 uniq...
  • Shari Reimer
    Jun 16, 2018
    Well written and a must read for any Canadian. I grew up and live in southern Alberta and went to school/worked with Japanese Canadians and yet didn?t know all the details of their history. I also appreciated the Grandfathers heart wrenching story- the details of the POW camp wou...
  • Julia O'Hanley
    Jun 24, 2018
    Put it down for a little while but SOOOO glad I picked it back up. If I had to guess, this might be my #1 pick of 2018. So amazingly brilliant and beautiful. ...
  • Ruby Sarkar
    Jun 10, 2018
    For a book only 200 and some pages long, this was one of the most thoughtful and genuine novels I have ever read. Mark Sakamoto parallels the stories of his grandparents in the 1940s; his Canadian maternal Grandfather who was captured as a POW and sent to Japan and paternal Japanese-Ca...