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White Chrysanthemum Kindle Edition
“A suspenseful and eye-opening historical work reminiscent of Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, Jamie Ford’s Songs of Willow Frost, and Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours.”—Library Journal (starred review)
"If Min Jin Lee’s acclaimed bestseller Pachinko sparked an interest in stories of Korea under Japanese occupation during World War II, here’s your next read."—Newsday
“I read Hana and Emi's story with my heart in my mouth. A bold, devastating, important novel shot through with hope and beauty.”—Rachel Joyce, New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
“A psychologically acute, emotionally resonant novel....[R]ich with historical detail, White Chrysanthemum is a compelling and important account of civilian women’s lives during wartime.”—BookPage
“This moving and redemptive debut is a heart-breaker. It shines a light on the less explored aspects of wars....Absorbing and hypnotic.”—The Washington Book Review
“While committed to accurately portraying a period of devastating history, White Chrysanthemum is a moving tribute to haenyeo culture...and the enduring human spirit. Bracht plunges into the shattering world of comfort women....The more lyrical passages, particularly when describing the life of haenyeo, are refreshingly uplifting. Handling significant subjects with extreme sensitivity, Bracht writes with feeling and purpose that is inspiring and deeply affecting.”—The Seattle Book Review
“Masterfully crafted, Bracht’s mesmerizing debut novel is rich with historical detail and depth of emotion. This is a memorable story about the courage of Korean women during the Second World War.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fast-paced and lyrical… [Bracht] allows a sense of hope to filter through.”—Historical Novels Review
“A debut novel about the Korean ‘comfort women’ prostituted by Japanese soldiers in World War II—and the strong bond between two sisters separated by the conflict....The book's author, an American of Korean descent, writes well—the passages describing the sisters' early lives are quite lyrical—and she's adept at weaving in historical material about Korea and its fraught relationship with Japan.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This captivating and heartbreaking debut novel honors the many thousands of women who were enslaved through WWII.”—Booklist
“A timeless, heart wrenching, emotionally powerful tale that will resonate with readers...Its message will not be easily forgotten.”—RT Book Reviews
“Elegantly written, emotionally shattering, and historically accurate, White Chrysanthemum is a feat of literary alchemy. Bracht reveals the unfathomable cruelty of Japanese sex slavery during World War II through the unbreakable love of Korean sisters.”—Blaine Harden, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14
“Bracht’s story manages to educate and entertain in equal measure without reading as a sermon. A triumph of humanity, White Chrysanthemum will seize you, keeping you held long after you’ve finished the final page.”—Dumpling Magazine
“A captivating, controlled and devastating book about the lives of two Korean sisters during the Second World War.... Brave, bold, important, this book is beautifully written with characters that will stay with you long after the final, unforgettable paragraph.”—Jackie Copleton, Bailey’s longlisted author of A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
“A powerful account of a little discussed subject about the Second World War—comfort women enslaved by the Japanese army—but it’s also about the courage of the women involved who want to speak about their suffering and their cry for justice, peace and love.”—Xiaolu Guo, author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B072NZ8QH8
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (18 January 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 4423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0735214433
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,291 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mary Lynn Bracht has done those Korean survivors and their families a great service for writing a literary version of this topic. She should be applauded for attempting and succeeding in writing a brave and very moving book. Read it and weep.
White Chrysanthemum tells the story of a 해녀 (haenyeo, Female Sea Diver) Hana, who is abducted by Japanese soldiers and forced to become a Comfort Woman to the Imperial Japanese Army in the 1940s. We follow her arrival at the brothel, the treatment she receives at the hands of the soldiers, as well as her flight. All the way through, her pain is palpable throughout the pages of the story.
Haenyeos, were known to be strong, tough, and independent women—they had to be as they were the breadwinners in their families—but is Hana strong enough to survive in a world where three-quarters of the captured women did not? Her determination is admirable, whoever we do see her reaching her limits, which makes her story believable and so real it is sometimes hard to read on.
Simultaneously, we accompany her sister, Emi, through a modern-day Korea, as she tries to come to terms with her past and a dark secret that she even hid from her children. She is searching for her older sister, whose fate remains a mystery to her until this date. She is joining the protests for Comfort Women in Seoul, where she sees a new statue being erected. It is the statue of a young girl… could it be the answer she has been looking for?
Both characters are well written and developed. They are unique, strong personalities with their own faults, occasional pigheadedness, that also sees them through great hardships. There is a clear distinction between the sisters’ voices, which makes it easy to navigate between the characters.
The shifts from present-day Korea to the past are well presented, and offer glimpses into a country, that admit a horrendous past, has found a unique voice and personality. Admirably so.
The Author, Mary Lynn Bracht, who is of Korean descent, offers a heartbreaking glimpse into a part of World War Two history that remains fairly unknown to mainstream Western Culture. Yet it is a story that needs to be told as many aspects remain relevant in today’s world.
Moving backwards and forwards in time between 1945 and the year 2011 - where we meet Hana's younger sister, who is now an elderly woman traumatised by the long-ago disappearance of her sister - Mary Lynn Bracht's novel looks at the inhuman cruelty inflicted on young Korean women during the Second World War and of how this part of history has been overlooked. As a debut novel, this book does have its flaws and I felt that parts of the story were rather drawn out, but there is no denying that the author shares with the reader an important and emotive account of how the Japanese treated these unfortunate young women and of the shame these women felt at being used in the inhumane way they were. Also the parts of the novel where Hana becomes part of the Mongolian family and all that she experienced among these people, added another dimension to the story and, overall, I found this an interesting and, in parts, an involving read.