5 thoughts on “Father of the Four Passages

  1. Imagine Michener’s Hawaii as a collaboration between Mary Gaitskill and Toni Morrison. Instead of all that tropical grandeur, the book would have seethed with emotional veracity, and the details of poverty and cultural oppression could have taken flight in passages of magical realism, informed by a scathingly feminist perspective. That description comes pretty close to Yamanaka’s Hilo books, a grueling chronicle of contemporary, working-class Hawaiians.

    In Father of the Four Passages, the main c

  2. This book is an interesting one for Yamanaka. Different from some of the other books of hers that I have read. Still solid on characters, story, and all that and just as emotionally engaging as her other works, but this book has a darker tone than I’ve seen Yamaka work with. There is hope mixed in there as well, but this book definitely works with darker themes than I’ve seen Yamanaka attempt in the past. The book does an excellent job, though. It is an impressive book from an author that people

  3. Parts of the book dragged and the plot was confusing and twisting at time. Not among my favored books from this author who I really like. At times it was a struggle to continue reading. Some chapters flowed well as I expect from her, however they were not the majority.

  4. An odd book….the prose is unusual and poetic. The author very much thought about the structure in relation to the content. But the book itself is perplexing and you have to be interested in taking a journey.

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