Obasan by Joy Kogawa

The book is a semi-autobiographical novel that tells the story of a Japanese-Canadian woman named Naomi, who reflects on her experiences during World War II. As a child, Naomi was forced into internment along with thousands of other Japanese-Canadians, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The narrative explores the themes of racism, identity, silence, and the power of memory, as Naomi grapples with the trauma of her past and the impact of her cultural heritage on her present life.

The 852nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 493

Since this book was first published in 1981, there is a penalty of 11.2%. The age adjusted score is 437.78.

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