Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet Analysis

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a sentimental, heartfelt novel that portrays two young children (Henry and Keiko) during the durance of the Chinese vs. Japanese and World War 2. In Seattle around the 1940’s, ethnicities did not mix whatsoever. All races lived in their own color coordinated neighborhoods and all children go to their designated school. When Henry’s father enrolled him at an all-white school, Henry was taunted and mistreated because he was different than the others. He was Chinese. His days at school were very average most of the time, but one day as he was working in the schools kitchen he had spotted a girl with long dark hair and Japanese facial features. Her name was Keiko. Henry instantly formed a forbidden bond between the two of them. The…show more content…
The book is written in third person and the structure is a personal narrative… Coming and going from past to present. Therefore the book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” should be a book for everyone to enjoy at their own risk. “Cherry blossoms, old and dried, brown and brittle, pieces of something that had once been completely alive.” That was a fragment of writing to describe the imagery in the novel. When you read this book it’s not just words, it’s like a movie playing in your head. The selection of words is what gives the story life. Have you ever read a book and forgot what you even read when you finally finish? Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is the total opposite. The exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages. Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart. I especially loved this New York Times bestseller because it gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war, not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual

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