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This memoir is a horrifying saga on so many levels: personal, familial, communal, political, institutional, national, and global. Masaji Ishikawa, with his elegant yet understated prose, has changed my world view forever. How can one person treat another with such stark cruelty? How can one person endure such circumstances? How can governments and institutions get away with such blatant lies and abject misconduct? No doubt, I will never again think of myself as hungry, thirsty, stifled, scared, or mistreated without thinking of Mr. Ishikawa and silently rebuking myself. Gratitude is my mantra for 2018. (Would love to follow up and know how he is managing.)
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Brian Nishii is an incredible narrator. The story is so touching and I easily was drawn in. I hurt for the author and his woes
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Finished this book very quickly as I couldn't leave it. Heart-rending account of a father's stark choice to try and ensure his family's survival.
great book powerful and heartbreaking well written and translated l listened for three nights in a row an enjoyable but difficult experience highly recommend this book
How can people be suffering so much? It is incomprehensible to know and yet not be able to help.
Lord God in heaven, please grant an answer. Come in haste Lord Jesus, for relief of such families. Amen.
It is so sad what people will do to each other and what lengths the victims have to go to to survive.
Everyone should read this book and open their eyes to the truth.
We can only hope that, with enough good people in the world, humanity can turn itself around.
Definitely an eye opener.