Jiro's Dream by Philip Groves

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Jiro's Dream is a coming-of-age story about a young Japanese boy--Jiro--who dreams of being a fighter pilot with the Imperial Japanese Navy. His family is in the silk farming and distribution business, and with a sibling already in the navy, there is no interest in serving the emperor with further military obligations. With World War II on the horizon, Jiro is sent to America on the pretext of doing a work-study program. Blending in with the Japanese/American community he makes friends and falls in love, only to witness the murder of his sweetheart by a white boy. Jiro returns to Japan and lives his dream, engaging in air combat while seeking to bring the murderer to justice.

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Published September 12, 2012 by Wordclay. 372 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite being minutely plotted, the narrative offers many unforced insights into Japanese culture, drawing some fiercely dark moments and cushioning others with light humor: “Its driver was sitting on the front, oblivious to the uplifted tail of his one-horsepower machine and the straw-filled rem...

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