Obasan Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Obasan

This story is narrated by Naomi, a sheltered and pampered child who is five years old when her life is drastically changed by the events at Pearl Harbor and the Second World War. As a Japanese Canadian, Naomi is separated from her parents, persecuted and eventually placed in an internment camp common practice in Canada during WWII. The one bright spot in Naomi's life is her Aunt Obasan, her protector and caregiver after she is separated from her parents.
It is only after Naomi grows up that she is able to face the hardship of her past. This novel is a striking account of one of the worst manifestations of racism in Canada's history.
This report prepared by Jennifer Selk

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Inside culture (main char)    -   Japanese Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   aunt Culture clash?    -   Being oppressed by outside culture Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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