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The Storm We Made: A Novel por Vanessa Chan
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The Storm We Made: A Novel (edição 2024)

por Vanessa Chan (Autor)

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In this spellbinding novel, an ordinary housewife becomes an unlikely spyand her dark secrets will test even the most unbreakable ties.
/> Malaya, 1945. Cecily Alcantara's family is in terrible danger: her fifteen-year-old son, Abel, has disappeared, and her youngest daughter, Jasmin, is confined in a basement to prevent being pressed into service at the comfort stations. Her eldest daughter Jujube, who works at a tea house frequented by drunk Japanese soldiers, becomes angrier by the day.

Cecily knows two things: that this is all her fault; and that her family must never learn the truth.

A decade prior, Cecily had been desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonized Malaya. A chance meeting with the charismatic General Fujiwara lured her into a life of espionage, pursuing dreams of an "Asia for Asians." Instead, Cecily helped usher in an even more brutal occupation by the Japanese. Ten years later as the war reaches its apex, her actions have caught up with her. Now her family is on the brink of destructionand she will do anything to save them.

Spanning years of pain and triumph, told from the perspectives of four unforgettable characters, The Storm We Made is a dazzling saga about the horrors of war; the fraught relationships between the colonized and their oppressors, and the ambiguity of right and wrong when survival is at stake.… (mais)
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Título:The Storm We Made: A Novel
Autores:Vanessa Chan (Autor)
Informação:S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books (2024), Edition: Canadian Export, 352 pages
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Heart-breaking story of a Malayan family and the atrocities that occurred during the Japanese occupation. ( )
  bookwyrmm | May 5, 2024 |
A difficult story about Malaya (now known as Malaysia) in 1945 as Cecily Alcantara's family, as well as every other family in their village is in danger from the Japanese who had ousted the British. A decade earlier, Cecily had been lured into sharing secrets with General Fujiwara by the dream of Asia for Asians. But, this new occupier is so much worse and brutal. At times, this book was difficult to read. This is also another piece of history that I didn't know anything about. ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Mar 3, 2024 |
This book is a very well-written, immersive novel that examines a time that was not familiar to me. It is set in Malaya during WWII when Japan took it over from the British. JuJube and her family lost the life of privilege that they had during the colonization by Britain, and become a family that is scared, starving and that has lost hope and a family that had to fight for their existence under the Japanese. The novel is full of graphic and poignant moments and it examines themes like family, social status, unfriendly occupation, death and despair. The story is one that needs to be told, but I found it difficult to listen to. I did listen to this on audiobook, and this type of story does not lend itself to that medium as well as it should. I found that I had trouble getting through the story because of the graphic descriptions, and because I did not like any of the characters in it at all. I could not sympathize with Cecily as much as I wanted to. I couldn't understand JuJube and Cecily's younger daughter, Jasmine. The only character that I sympathized with was Abel, her son. The book illustrates clearly the consequences of keeping very dangerous secrets. The ripple effect works it way down through the entire family and all friends and acquaintances with dire consequences. The book is compelling and quite unforgettable, and grips the reader by the throat until you read the final, bitter words. . ( )
  Romonko | Feb 18, 2024 |
this is a historical fiction novel set in Malay (now Malaysia), in the years 1935 and 1945. It tells the story of Cecily who becomes a spy for the Japanese, and falls in love with the general. Several years later, they reunite, but he is now married to Lina. However, they continue their affair.
Children are disappearing and being abused in the war ravaged country. The story comes to a head in 1945, when the British forces come to Malay to liberate the country, however, the casualties of war and betrayal are too great.
The story is absolutely heartbreaking when it tells of Jasmin and Yuki, two 7-year old friends. Jasmin ran away from her mother, Cecily, and the general housed her. She became friends with Yuki, who lived across the street. Their friendship is the most heartwarming, but saddest part of the story. Jasmin ran away because her sister, Jujube, trying to keep Jasmin safe, would lock her away. Their brother Abel went to war and suffered greatly.
Such a stark and poignant tale of the atrocities of what war does to us. ( )
  rmarcin | Feb 16, 2024 |
This takes place just before and during the Japanese occupation of Maylasia during the 1930-46 time period. I hadn't known much about this part of the war, and found it beautifuly written with well developed, realistic characters as well as heartbreaking and brutal. Typical with historica l fiction I'm trying to figure out the accuracy of the story. The author talks about how her family were great storytellers of everything but this time period where they would say nothing about what went on. Later her Uncle began to share photos when he heard she was writing about it. ( )
  EllenH | Feb 5, 2024 |
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

In this spellbinding novel, an ordinary housewife becomes an unlikely spyand her dark secrets will test even the most unbreakable ties.
Malaya, 1945. Cecily Alcantara's family is in terrible danger: her fifteen-year-old son, Abel, has disappeared, and her youngest daughter, Jasmin, is confined in a basement to prevent being pressed into service at the comfort stations. Her eldest daughter Jujube, who works at a tea house frequented by drunk Japanese soldiers, becomes angrier by the day.

Cecily knows two things: that this is all her fault; and that her family must never learn the truth.

A decade prior, Cecily had been desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonized Malaya. A chance meeting with the charismatic General Fujiwara lured her into a life of espionage, pursuing dreams of an "Asia for Asians." Instead, Cecily helped usher in an even more brutal occupation by the Japanese. Ten years later as the war reaches its apex, her actions have caught up with her. Now her family is on the brink of destructionand she will do anything to save them.

Spanning years of pain and triumph, told from the perspectives of four unforgettable characters, The Storm We Made is a dazzling saga about the horrors of war; the fraught relationships between the colonized and their oppressors, and the ambiguity of right and wrong when survival is at stake.

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