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Silent Honor (1996)

by Danielle Steel

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It has been years since I read a Danielle Steel book but my neighbor recommended this book to me so I decided to give it a try. It took me about 125 pages to get into the story but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had no idea how the Japanese people living in this country were treated or those of Japanese descent that were born in the U.S. It was very interesting and sad. I thought the ending was rushed a bit and that more detail could have been given on what else had happened to some of the characters. Overall, this is a very good book. ( )
  DunnFunKat | Jan 28, 2014 |
I have a lot of respect for Danielle Steel both in terms of her longevity and her ability to write prolifically, and in her willingness to be inclusive in her work. As a Bay Area-based author, she really reflects this community and all who live here, more than others in her romance genre peer group. She's a grand lady.

One of the many aspects about Steel I respect is her ability to use her books to uncover prejudice and suspicion around religion, ethnicity, health issues (like AIDS, substance abuse and cancer), or alternate lifestyles. She handles these subjects with a generosity of heart and spirit which speak volumes about her as a human being.

This novel, Silent Honor, takes the reader to Japan and the Bay Area before WWII, following a teen aged Japanese girl, Hiroko, who has come to the United States for her first year of college. Steel does a masterful job in exposing the awful conditions imposed on the Japanese in the Bay Area as WWII broke out, then follows them to Tanforan Race Track as the Internment begins, then Tule Lake as the war ended. I believe this is one of her best works.

Although Steel sometimes spends a lot of text space explaining her characters, in this novel she allows them to tell their own stories seamlessly. It is really a gem. ( )
  SiliconValyLibrarian | Jul 29, 2012 |
Danielle Steel, such a good story spinner. I won't say much for her way of writing as I find it repetitive, however no one can top her with her genius in the art of story telling. ( )
  HeavenLeAngel | Dec 15, 2011 |
Very good reading. Could not leave the book down.
  bri1952 | Sep 8, 2010 |
good story...... enjoyed reading it. ( )
  bushrarehman | Jun 8, 2010 |
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Für Kumiko, eine bemerkenswerte Frau, die es erlebte.
Und für Sammie, der daran dachte und den ich sehr liebe.
Mit all meiner Liebe,
D.S.
To Kumiko, who has lived it, and is a remarkable lady.   

And to Sammie, who thought of it, and is very special, and whom I love dearly

With all my love.

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Fünf Jahre lang hatte Masao Takashimayas Familie eine passende Braut für ihn gesucht, seit seinem einundzwanzigsten Geburtstag.
Masao Takashimaya's family had searched for five years for a suitable bride for him, ever since his twenty-first birthday.
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In her 38th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel creates a powerful, moving portrayal of families divided, lives shattered and a nation torn apart by prejudice during a shameful episode in recent American history.

A man ahead of his time, Japanese college professor Masao Takashimaya of Kyoto had a passion for modern ideas that was as strong as his wife's belief in ancient traditions. It was the early 1920s and Masao had dreams for the future—and a fascination with the politics and opportunities of a world that was changing every day. Twenty years later, his eighteen-year-old daughter Hiroko, torn between her mother's traditions and her father's wishes, boarded the SS Nagoya Maru to come to California for an education and to make her father proud. It was August 1941.

From the ship, she went directly to the Palo Alto home of her uncle, Takeo, and his family. To Hiroko, California was a different world—a world of barbeques, station wagons and college. Her cousins in California had become more American than Japanese. And much to Hiroko's surprise, Peter Jenkins, her uncle's assistant at Stanford, became an unexpected link between her old world and her new. But in spite of him, and all her promises to her father, Hiroko longs to go home. At college in Berkeley, her world is rapidly and unexpectedly filled with prejudice and fear.

On December 7, Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese. Within hours, war is declared and suddenly Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Terrified, begging to go home, she is nonetheless ordered by her father to stay. He is positive she will be safer in California than at home, and for a brief time she is—until her entire world caves in.

On February 19, Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, giving the military the power to remove the Japanese from their communities at will. Takeo and his family are given ten days to sell their home, give up their jobs, and report to a relocation center, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans, to face their destinies there. Families are divided, people are forced to abandon their homes, their businesses, their freedom, and their lives. Hiroko and her uncle's family go first to Tanforan, and from there to the detention center at Tule Lake. This extraordinary novel tells what happened to them there, creating a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. It tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land. And it tells Hiroko's story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake.

With clear, powerful prose, Danielle Steel portrays not only the human cost of that terrible time in history, but also the remarkable courage of a people whose honor and dignity transcended the chaos that surrounded them. Set against a vivid backdrop of war and change, her thirty-eighth bestselling novel is both living history and outstanding fiction, revealing the stark truth about the betrayal of Americans by their own government...and the triumph of a woman caught between cultures and determined to survive.

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This powerful novel tells a tale of love and hate: the story of a Japanese girl caught up in the terrifying prejudices that shattered the lives of Japanese Japanese Americans in the U.S. following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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