Disher, Garry. The divine wind.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young Adult Review - Book Review

DISHER, Garry. The divine wind. Scholastic, Point. 153p. c1998. 0-439-36916-9. $5.99. JS

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2002: This is an Australian novel that won the 1999 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. It's an Australian variation of the theme in the American novel Snow Falling on Cedars, set on the coast of Australia during WW II. The threat of Japanese invasion was more real there than on the west coast of the US, and the fears and prejudice against Japanese-Australian citizens were similar to the same feelings and actions in America and Canada against their own citizens of Japanese descent. The narrator in The Divine Wind is Hart, whose father employs many Japanese in his pearling fleet. One Japanese family in particular is close to Hart's family, and in fact Hart is in love with their daughter Mitsy. Hart, his sister Alice, and Mitsy grew up together, going to the movies, to school. When war comes they are torn apart: Alice enlists as an army nurse and is captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Hart's leg injury from a storm at sea keeps him at home, and he shelters Mitsy and her mother when they are threatened by internment. He and Mitsy...

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