A Gesture Life
By (author) Chang-rae Lee
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Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee
Book DescriptionA Gesture Life is a haunting, compelling exploration of the Japanese experience of the Second World War, and the fate of their 'comfort women'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781862074019
(200mm x 130mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chang-rae Lee
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From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America
Surrendered, Paperback (March 2011)
* A masterpiece, fit to stand alongside the greatest novels of the past twenty-five years
Aloft, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Chang-rae Lee
Presents a family drama.
UK Kirkus Review » The long awaited second novel from the prize-winning author of A Native Speaker, this is a haunting exploration of the Japanese experience of World War II. Born in Korea and raised in Japan, Franklin Hata moves to Bedleyville, America where he lives a life of gestures and politeness to try and assimilate into the local community. However, beneath Franklin's self control lurks the horror and guilt of his past as a medic in the Japanese army. This novel looks at the way outsiders feel they have to conform in order to survive and the price they pay for their conformity. It is also a story of how unforgiving the present is to the past. Franklin's inability to translate the gestures of humanity into real emotion is painfully exposed and becomes a memorable metaphor. (Kirkus UK)
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