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Forgiveness - Mark Sakamoto


Author Mark Sakamoto

  • Published: 2014-06-03
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Stars
From 81 Customers Review
Price: $10.99



When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Like many young Canadian soldiers, Ralph was captured by the Japanese army. He would spend the war in prison camps, enduring pestilence, beatings and starvation, as well as a journey by hell ship to Japan to perform slave labour, while around him his friends and countrymen perished. Back in Canada, Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home by the government and forced to spend years eking out an existence in rural Alberta, working other people's land for a dollar a day.

By the end of the war, Ralph emerged broken but a survivor. Mitsue, worn down by years of back-breaking labour, had to start all over again in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A generation later, at a high school dance, Ralph's daughter and Mitsue's son fell in love.

Although the war toyed with Ralph's and Mitsue's lives and threatened to erase their humanity, these two brave individuals somehow surmounted enormous transgressions and learned to forgive. Without this forgiveness, their grandson Mark Sakamoto would never have come to be.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Forgiveness

    From Aaaaannie
    Good read
  • An absolute page turner ...

    From jDubVancouver
    Such important history told through such a touching, personal narrative.
  • Forgiveness

    From Welderguy43
    This is a well told story of what has turned out to be a terrible page in our Canadian history. The politicians of the day did what they thought they had to do for the safety of the country. By today’s standards and knowing now what we do the actions were unnecessary. The author tells us a story of unbelievable courage and faith that hopefully we can all learn from and not allow history to repeat itself.
  • Page turner

    From Abauge
    Thankfully I began reading this book at the end of a work week. The author’s words keep me wanting more even when I could only hold one eye open from physical fatigue.
  • A journey with lessons for all....

    From Happy Trails 48
    Of all the virtues, forgiveness seems the most difficult for too many of us to achieve. This documentary with forgiveness so critical for all the players, successes and failures. This study and redefining of forgiveness by the author can perhaps can promote and encourage others to explore and accept its benefits and be better able to move on.....
  • Forgiveness

    From aneilgra
    I enjoyed this book immensely. I, too come from a Japanese family relocated to the Lethbridge area and heard stories from my parents similar to this book. In married life my husband and I enjoyed ten years in Medicine Hat, and knew Stan and Susan. In my high school days in Lethbridge I knew Ron. Thank you for your honest message in this book regarding Forgiveness. Sincerely yours, Barb Grant