|Plot Summary of A Gesture Life|
|"Franklin Hata is a man who has spent his entire life as an outsider trying to fit into different societies, never quite succeeding. Through a series of flashbacks framed by scenes of Hata's life in suburban New York State, we discover Hata's tragic past. As a medic in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, he fell in love with a Korean "comfort woman," a forbidden affair resulting in the tragedy and horror reverberating through Hata's "gesture life.""
Christine Hung, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Gesture Life|
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Tone of book?
Kids growing up/acting up?
Family, struggle with
- conduct in war
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Kind of sex:
- family young v. old guard
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- rebelling against parent's expectations
Taboo sex story?
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- Southeast Asia
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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