Thursday, 27 October 2011

Reading Challenge - Silent Honour (7/52)

book cover of 

Silent Honor 


Danielle Steel

My Reading Challenge is back. I'm back. How are you, my dear readers and awesome friends?
I know...I know...I'm already behind time. Reaching number 52 seems far-fetched. However, this no longer matters. I read for enjoyment. I read as I'm making mental fitness part of my daily routine. Reading a book requires active concentration. Reading regularly no doubt helps to increase my powers of concentration.

Danielle Steel's Silent Honour is set against a vivid backdrop of war and change. It tells of the triumph of a young girl, Hiroko Takashimaya caught between cultures and determined to survive.

In August 1941 the eighteen-year old Hiroko, torn between her mother's belief in ancient traditions and her father's passion for modern ideas, leaves Japan for America. To Hiroko, California is totally a different world. Her cousins in California have become more American than Japanese - and Hiroko also finds a link between her old and new worlds when she befriends Peter, her uncle's university assistant.

But on December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, and within hours, war is declared. Suddenly Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Terrified, begging to go home, she is ordered by her father to stay. But as the military is empowered to remove the Japanese from their communities, Hiroko and her Californian family end up in Tanforan and then Tule Lake, internment camps for the Japanese-Americans, where they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp.

This extraordinary novel creates a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. Danielle Steel portrays the human cost of that terrible time in history, as well as the remarkable courage of a people whose honour and dignity surpassed the chaos that surrounded them. 

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