Book Review of
Farewell To Manzanar
During World War II a community called Manzanar was created in the high mountain desert country of California. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese Americans. Among them was the Wakatsuki family, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, who was seven years old when she arrived at Manzanar in 1942, recalls life in the camp through the eyes of the child she was. First published in 1973, this new edition of the classic memoir of a devastating Japanese American experience includes an inspiring afterword by the authors.
Farewell To Manzanar is a memoir of life in Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp during WWII. This book was published in 1973, and I can’t believe that I have never read it. I feel like this is a book that should be required reading in school.
It is a powerful story. It is also an important part of our history that we need to know about. If we don’t our history, we will repeat it. We can’t erase history, but we can remember it and learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again.
Farewell to Manzanar shares life in an internment camp through the eyes of a child. This is a book that I can’t stop thinking about. This book will be one that I am recommending for years to come.