Kakugawa clears the touristy haze on our
visions of Hawaii to show how the Pearl Harbor bombing and a volcano
eruption jolted a destitute young Japanese American girl into living
with introspection and grace.
The Red Chamber
will probably not be called a “masterpiece” like the classical text that inspired
it. However, it is an enjoyable read and a good introduction to those interested
in the original classic, The Story of the
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