Floating City

Floating City[PDF / Epub] ☆ Floating City By Kerri Sakamoto – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Citizen Kane reimagined a novel about ambition and the relentless desire to belong from the author of the Commonwealth Prize winning and Governor General's Literary Award nominated The Electrical Fiel Citizen Kane reimagined a novel about ambition and the relentless desire to belong from the author of the Commonwealth Prize winning and Governor General's Literary Award nominated The Electrical FieldFrankie Hanesaka isn't afraid of a little hard work An industrious boy if haunted by the mysterious figures of his mother's past in Japan he grows up in a floating house in the harbour of Port Alberni BC With all the Japanese bachelors passing through town to work in the logging camps and lumber mills maybe he could build a hotel on the water too Make a few dollars But then the war comes and Frankie finds himself in a mountain internment camp his small dreams of success dashed by the great tides of history After the war Frankie tries his luck in Toronto where possibility awaits in the form of a patron who teaches him how to turn effort into money and a starry eyed architect who teaches Frankie something harder to come by the ability to dream big Buckminster Fuller's role as Frankie's outsized spiritual mentor is one of just many real life touchstones and extraordinary points of colour in this fairytale like story about family ambition and the costs of turning our backs on history and home. Not sure what to say about this book My last Kerri Sakamoto book The Electrical Field left me confused and I cannot say that I enjoyed reading it I thought I'd give this author another chance soMy reaction to this book is not so negative but I kept finding myself gritting my teeth at the writing style which I found choppy and abrupt I was also thrown by Frankie's conversations with Bucky throughout the story as that left me wondering whether this book was fiction or magic realism Anyway I liked the cover a lot Well This book was not a book for me I would say this novel is for a specific reader to enjoy What kind of reader? Well I don't even have an answer for that one It's hard for me to even pinpoint a genre for this novel It came across as one part historical fiction one part literary fiction and potentially even one part magical realism If that sounds like your cup of tea maybe give it a shot Overall I found the story and the writing kind of bland; however that's a personal opinion Some people enjoy stories that have a slow pacing and I must say that this novel felt a lot longer than the 272 page count I do have to admit that this was a story that had me reflecting on history while also uestioning the sustainability of the future I think that point alone makes it somewhat of an important novel but I know I will not remember this story for the longterm I received this ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for hosting this giveaway I loved this book So often books about immigrants pursuing the 'American Dream' and becoming a 'Master of Industry' feature white men; this is the first time I can think of that I've seen the story told with a Japanese Canadian man Floating City is about a man driven by ambition often to the detriment of his loved ones and like many ambitious heroes Frankie Hanesaka ends up sacrificing a lot to achieve his dreams There's something Gatsby esue about Frankie he's a charismatic brilliant man who appears successful on so many levels yet there's a melancholy emptiness that just won't go away There's also a lot that's specifically Japanese Canadian about Frankie's character I love the tension between his ambitions to take over Toronto real estate and the ever looming significance of the number four in his life In Japanese writing similar to Chinese writing the symbol for four is also the symbol for death so the number four is seen as particularly unlucky There's a moment where he completes his masterpiece building and his contractor is thrilled to have gotten two extra steps in but the triumph is marred by the realization that the number of steps has now become divisible by four I can imagine my Chinese grandmother reacting similar to how Frankie's mother did and I loved the realism of this momentI thought Sakamoto did a good job depicting the fear and racism that Frankie and his family went through around the time of WWII particularly powerful was a moment where a Chinese Canadian neighbour and friend illustrated a poster about the difference between honest Chinese Canadians like himself and sneaky Japs like one of his Japanese Canadian neighbours It's definitely an unjust and racist action but I can sympathize as well with the Chinese Canadian man's desire to protect himself and his family from the hatred Japanese Canadians were facingI also liked how Frankie Hanesaka felt the need to rename himself Frank Hanes to do business I thought it was a realistic portrayal of how persons of colour often feel the need to assimilate to survive Sakamoto wrote about an incident where a man refused to do business with Frankie but uickly agreed to the deal when it was presented by someone who wasn't Japanese CanadianSakamoto also does a great job in drawing parallels between discrimination and injustice faced by different communities particularly with the characters of Uri Slonemsky and his wife Hannah who took Frankie under their wing because as Jews they could understand the discrimination Japanese Canadians experienced I found this passage particularly powerful No one else would hire the Japanese Only the Jews extended a helping hand having received so few themselves p 78Overall a compelling story beautifully told I did enjoy the beginning of the book which gives a glimpse into the immigrant experience If you are looking for a historical fiction novel this is not the book for you The time spent in the internment camp is less than twenty pages and the book spans decades with little detail The book moves uickly from one setting to another and you don't become emotionally involved in the characters or the setting This book is marvellous sweet sad and magical full of beautiful and heartbreaking nuance Your imagination will soar but there are just enough real world touchpoints people places events to make it all seem possible and true My mind keeps returning to Floating City's fascinating characters and intricate spaces zzzZzZZZZzZZZZZZzZZzzZZZzZzzWhy did it take me so long to get through this book? I was reading it for a month and a half I never felt like I could place myself in the world that Sakamoto was creating I know Toronto a bit and I was missing some key place markers that would allow me to fit in this newer changed city I also discovered that this was semi based as based as you can get when getting a little magical on a real person at the end of the book outside the narrative printed as its own paragraph like just before the end credits run in a movie Probably just a personal thing but I would have loved that endnote to be transformed into a prefaceFor me it was ok I just sort of floated through The Floating City so I hope you other readers are able to find some exciting rapids within its pages Floating City is a standalone historical fiction written by Kerri Sakamoto It is a semi bildungsroman story of a Japanese Canadian named Frankie Hanesaka and his journey from Port Alberni British Columbia to Toronto Ontario It has been short listed for the 2018 Toronto Book AwardsFrankie Hanesaka is a boy in rural British Columbia who grows up to be a mover and shaker cluttering the Torontonian lakeshore with apartment blocks and towers His family grew up in poverty and racism and Frankie Hanesaka grew up learning to hustle and appreciating the power of money His plans were significantly derailed on the onslaught of World War II and were assigned to an internment camp in Tashme an abandoned mining townAt the end of the war the internees are given an extremely restricted choice of where they can reside Vancouver Island where Port Alberni his family's hometown is not among the places they could reside Although his family remains in Tashme Frankie Hanesaka winds up in Toronto as a penniless outsider and Anglicized his name to Frankie HanesBy happenstance Frankie Hanesaka meets Buckminster Bucky Fuller a modernist visionary who would eventually become his mentor Soon enough Frankie Hanesaka managed to scrape together enough money to begin his own shady business – building towers and apartment blocks along the lakeshoreHowever when his family finally arrives as planned Frankie Hanesaka realizes how much his life in pursuit of money and power has diverged from his humble roots His viewpoint of capitalism materialism and power are sharply contrasted by his feelings of family tradition and generosity which resulted in further tragedies Floating City is written somewhat well It covers significant periods in Canadian history opening on Vancouver Island in the late 1930's and closing half a country away just after the highs of Expo '67 in Montreal uebec It follows a Japanese Canada from his childhood home in Port Alberni to a shack in the internment camp in Tashme British Columbia and to his post war home in Toronto OntarioWhile written rather well it did suffer from having a rather large plot and not enough space to examine them properly Spanning nearly four decades there are many minor plot points left unanswered or unsatisfyingly addressed Further the cast of characters are huge – the Hanesaka Family is big on their own and like the plot there is not enough space to explore each of them betterAll in all Floating City is a somewhat wonderful cautionary tale about the pursuit of money power ambition and the costs of turning one's backs on family history and home This book is a work of historical fiction that tells the life of Frankie Hanesaka Frankie later calling himself Frank Hanes is an industrious boy who grows up in Port Alberni BC and whose family gets moved to a Japanese internment camp during WWII When the war is over he is able to move to Toronto leaving his family behind in order to try and earn enough money to have his family eventually come with himFrankie's ambition is to eventually build a floating city He learns some tricks of the trade working as a gardener for an architect and receives advice and guidance from Buckmister Fuller inventor of the geodesic dome Frankie finds that many are weary of a Japanese builder so he changes his name to Frank Hanes and begins his building empireI didn't know what to expect after the first couple of chapters which begin when Frankie is very young As the novel progressed through Frankie's life I found many similarities to Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead an ambitious architect who struggles to find acceptance however it lacked the depth of Rand's masterpieceOverall while the book was still a good read I found it to be lacking with many parts of Frankie's life glossed over and leaving uestions for the readers I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads This book struck me as somewhat strange during the first chapter or two but then things were explained and I fell into a rhythm of reading it having a tough time taking a break when I had other obligations to tend to I loved that the story took place in parts of British Columbia that I am familiar with It was difficult to read of the poverty unfairness and prejudice that took place during the 1940s in Canada A very shameful time in Canada's history Frankie his brother and sisters were born in Canada but his parents were from Japan I was struck by the style of writing whereby it was somewhat vague in details; which matched the character of Frankie who was very stoic duty bound family oriented and a man of few words Even though I wanted to learn the vagueness was understandable Frankie's time in Toronto was so interesting as I had no idea of any of the history mentioned in this part of the story Very heartbreaking in parts and lots of historical information; even though I was left yearning for This is a story that I will not forget and I am grateful to Goodreads and the publisher Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with this ARC I read a short magazine review of this book and a few days later saw it on the Best Bets shelf at the library I was intrigued that one of the characters was Buckminster Fuller I did enjoy Floating City but I probably would have enjoyed it if I hadn't know about things like Hurricane HazelI found that I couldn't make sense of the timelines in the book Our main character Frankie seems only to have just arrived in Toronto and it's not clear how long after World War II that was but likely around 1949 and the next thing you know they're all floating in water from Hurricane Hazel I found this suspended timeline difficult to accept Kerri made reference to enough real life events yet the lives of Frankie and the other characters seemed to proceed on a different timelineOne storyline I found interesting was that of Baby Yuri He reminded me a little of the European fairy tales of the snow child except he appears as a water babySomewhere along the line I learned a bit about Buckminster Fuller and now I'm curious to learn I don't think this book is for everyone The less you know about Toronto history the you're likely to get out of it; or if you can suspend your sense of reality that will work too

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Floating City
  • Kerri Sakamoto
  • English
  • 01 February 2015
  • 9780345809896