|Plot Summary of Farewell to Manzanar|
|"During WWII, tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans were ordered to move to internment camps around the country, bringing with them only what they could carry. Farewell to Manzanar is the story of one of those camps, told by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston through the eyes of the child she was at that time. The book's strength is in the details - the living arrangements, the activities, the mess hall - and in the human stories that took place in Manzanar. Jeanne talks about the effects internment had on her family, including her father, who was imprisoned at a separate, harsher camp for much of the war. Houston also discusses the events that led up to the internment order, including the attitudes of the American people, and her experiences immediately after her family was released. This is one of the most simple and most moving testimonials about the Japanese-American internment camps. "
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"This book is about a young girl and her childhood views of the internment camp that she and her family were sent to during world war two. At about the age of seven Jeanne joined about 10,000 other people at Manzanar. All of which were Japanese-Americans who the government felt were a threat to America. Even worse her father and many other Issie men were taken to Fort Lincoln, ND, and most didn't return until at least a year later. The story is about her struggles, her up's and down's with family and making friends. "
Jennifer, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Farewell to Manzanar|
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Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
If this is a culture clash:
- minority culture living in majority area
- prison camp
ethnic of society (outside)
- American (general)
Life in an institution
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 3rd
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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