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The Sun Gods [Reading] ➽ The Sun Gods Author Jay Rubin – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and becomes surrogate mother to his fair haired American toddler, Bill But the bombing of Pearl H Arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and becomes surrogate mother to his fair haired American toddler, Bill But the bombing of Pearl Harbor strains the newly formed family as US government mandates and Tom s The Sun PDF \ growing discomfort with all things Japanese force Mitsuko and young Bill to leave Seattle and Tom behind for the Minidoka Internment Camp, unsure if they will ever returnTwo decades later, memories of Minidoka and long lost Mitsuko haunt Bill, sparking an arduous journey that leads him from Seattle s International District to newly reconstructed Japan to find his Japanese mother and learn the truth about their shared pastJay Rubin is one of the foremost English language translators of Japanese literature He is best known for his numerous translations of works by Haruki Murakami, Japan s leading contemporary novelist, and the study Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words Most recently, he has translated the first two books of Murakami s bestselling novel, Q In addition, Rubin s Making Sense of Japanese remains one the widely used guides to Japanese language studiesJay Rubin received his PhD in Japanese literature from the University of Chicago and taught at Harvard University and the University of Washington He lives near Seattle with his wife.


10 thoughts on “The Sun Gods

  1. Michele Michele says:

    Beautiful story of tragedy and love It pulls us in and we feel happy with love when Mitsuko meets her surrogate son Billy, sick with disgust as we go to live in the U.S concentration camps built for those of Japanese descent during WWII, confused as Billy attempts to piece together his past, ashamed of Pastor Tom s abandonment of his familyBrilliant novel and wonderfully written Jay Rubin s extensive knowledge of Japanese language and culture adds layers of lovely detail to the story of Bi Beautiful story of tragedy and love It pulls us in and we feel happy with love when Mitsuko meets her surrogate son Billy, sick with disgust as we go to live in the U.S concentration camps built for those of Japanese descent during WWII, confused as Billy attempts to piece together his past, ashamed of Pastor Tom s abandonment of his familyBrilliant novel and wonderfully written Jay Rubin s extensive knowledge of Japanese language and culture adds layers of lovely detail to the story of Billy and Mitsuko I highly recommend reading Sun Gods if you re searching for a moving, emotional story vibrating between two very different cultures


  2. Madeleine Ceder Madeleine Ceder says:

    We, the living, the sinners, could do only one thing for the dead to mourn them in anger To love each other in anger To resist the temptations of an evil God who would tear his children to pieces and command them to be grateful for it.


  3. Cathy Klein Cathy Klein says:

    To be honest, I wasn t so sure about this book at the beginning Not being a very religious person myself, it started out quite religious and the characters talked a lot about spreading the word of God However, I am glad that I stuck with it as it did not stay preachy and was just showing how one of the main characters influenced people with religion as well as cut hmself off from others emotionally due to it.Mitsuko is a Japanese woman that falls in love with thae pastor of their church and es To be honest, I wasn t so sure about this book at the beginning Not being a very religious person myself, it started out quite religious and the characters talked a lot about spreading the word of God However, I am glad that I stuck with it as it did not stay preachy and was just showing how one of the main characters influenced people with religion as well as cut hmself off from others emotionally due to it.Mitsuko is a Japanese woman that falls in love with thae pastor of their church and especially his little boy, Billy She becomes his mother and remians so even after she is put in Japanese internment camps as he goes along with her while the husband retreats back to the church and away from them Billy s father eventually wants him back when he decides to remarry Broken hearted Mitsuko then volunteers to return to Japan.Billy becomes an adult seemingly following his father s footsteps in religion when he just can t get the nagging feeling out of him that he needs to study abroad in Japan He decides that he needs to find Mitsuko.The book becomes not only about his journey, but their journey together until separated and what has become of his surrogate mother, Mitsuko It was a good story about family bonds and relationships as well as an interesting history lesson around WWII


  4. Jen Jen says:

    I m not going to lie I read this because I am a bit obsessed with Haruki Murakami s work and I was curious to read the novel of someone who had spent so much time translating Murakami s works into English I also have the chance to meet with the author next week as part of a teacher s workshop This book is magnificent, and I felt immersed in the pre war Pacific Northwest as well as post war Japan I felt COMPLETELY transported You can read about the plot synopsis somewhere else, but I will I m not going to lie I read this because I am a bit obsessed with Haruki Murakami s work and I was curious to read the novel of someone who had spent so much time translating Murakami s works into English I also have the chance to meet with the author next week as part of a teacher s workshop This book is magnificent, and I felt immersed in the pre war Pacific Northwest as well as post war Japan I felt COMPLETELY transported You can read about the plot synopsis somewhere else, but I will leave you with my sheer enthusiasm for this novel


  5. Judi Judi says:

    Incredible insight into the minds of Americans leading up to WWII, the stomach churning way the Japanese were treated, the conditions of the internment camps, the detailed description of the bombing of Nagasaki brings such shame on Americans, who, if they could, would do the same to Muslims today Native Americans still living in internment camps Such cruelty.


  6. Gunta Gunta says:

    I had never thought about it even though I knew that the American Japanese were sent to camps during WWII What I cannot understand, is how Japanese can _not_ hate Americans after Hiroshima and Nagasaki And how the people that were sent to the camps not hate it all and stay in the US For most of them, most probably, Japan wasn t home any either Need to read some history book on this.


  7. John Rachel John Rachel says:

    If we have to pay for the sins of our fathers, then Americans are in big trouble Sure, every country has skeletons in its closet episodes, decisions, policies, incidents which are at minimum embarrassing, at worst horrible blemishes on the historical record But the US of A, from the genocide of native Americans and the importation and widespread use of slaves in the earliest chapters of its founding, hasbones in its closet than many countries combined Not that its wholesale abuse of br If we have to pay for the sins of our fathers, then Americans are in big trouble Sure, every country has skeletons in its closet episodes, decisions, policies, incidents which are at minimum embarrassing, at worst horrible blemishes on the historical record But the US of A, from the genocide of native Americans and the importation and widespread use of slaves in the earliest chapters of its founding, hasbones in its closet than many countries combined Not that its wholesale abuse of brute power, disrespect for life, trashing of basic human rights has much abated over the three millennia which embrace its settling and establishing itself as a nation.My own education in the true history of my native country has proceeded slowly for four decades now The reading of People s History of the United States began the long and painful slog.In terms of Japan, the country I ve made my home now for going on a decade, I had heard of the incarceration of Japanese during World War II but frankly had given it scant attention So many war crimes, so little time Of course, I was very familiar with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki But like probably 99% of Americans, bought into the rationalization that these horrible slaughters of innocent civilians somehow ended the war sooner rather than later, saving as upward estimates have it 100,000 American troop fatalities.The myth calculated prevarication about Hiroshima and Nagasaki was shattered when I visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum several years ago and saw documents admitting that the main reason those cities were bombed was to determine as a real world experiment, exactly how effective the bombs would be, i.e what the scale of physical damage would be, what the human toll would be, how an enemy nation would deal with the shock and awe of such a lethal device Nine cities were in the running for the test of nuclear annihilation In the end, Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nearly 200,000 innocent people residing lost the draw and the result was human slaughter in those two cities on an appalling scale It s hard to grasp and put such catastrophe and carnage into perspective As Stalin eloquently put it One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic Which is why we should be infinitely grateful when a novel as brilliant as The Sun Gods comes along.Jay Rubin has eloquently if horrifyingly put a human face on what happened to Japanese both in America and here in Japan during that tragic war If you can handle the truth, I highly recommend this gripping story of how hate, prejudice, racism, xenophobia, and paranoia turn normally good, decent people into monsters, yet the power of love can enable some victims to survive


  8. Paul Paul says:

    This well written novel by scholarly translator of Haruki Murakami, Natsume Souseki, etc., conveys facts about a little known aspect of this country s history character centering around the WW2 internment of Japanese Americans in a format that unlike stiff history books or articles young people, too, can relate to.


  9. Lee Micklin Lee Micklin says:

    It was interesting Had a class with author He wrote it a long time ago and got it published recently.


  10. T T says:

    In this, the year of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which interned the Japanese in the United States into horribly decrepit conditions in internment camps,it seems apropos to put this on the reading list.Pastor Tom Morton has a Japanese congregation and meets and marries the sister of one of his congregation, a visitor from Japan who has taken a strong liking to Pastor Tom s son Billy Fast forward, they marry and when orders appear for Mitsuko to report for relocation, Pastor Tom In this, the year of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which interned the Japanese in the United States into horribly decrepit conditions in internment camps,it seems apropos to put this on the reading list.Pastor Tom Morton has a Japanese congregation and meets and marries the sister of one of his congregation, a visitor from Japan who has taken a strong liking to Pastor Tom s son Billy Fast forward, they marry and when orders appear for Mitsuko to report for relocation, Pastor Tom allows her to take his blond haired Billy with her to camp as he cannot handle his son.Fast forward again, Billy is training for the ministry but feels a strong tug to find outabout Mitsuko and his past He takes a job at Maneki, a real Seattle institution and begins learning Japanese and through his customers finds an old friend from his past A scholarship allows him immersion into Japan and he begins his search in earnest for Mitsuko, the only woman he remembers as a mother


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