Book Review: The Monkeypod Tree

I’m back again with yet another book review. I know… I know too many books and not enough real life content, but I swear that there’s more of that coming soon. If you want to see my real life in action you can always check out my vlog videos 😉

Let’s get back to the topic at hand. This book review in case you haven’t noticed is about the book The Monkeypod Tree by Mamoru Funai. This book isn’t on goodreads, but you can find it on Amazon or the Buddhist Churches of America website. The book weighs in at 76 pages and is more of a collection of short stories based on the memories of the author.

The book starts with a story from 1898 when the Japanese were hired as workers for the McBryde Sugar Plantation. The stories then flash forward to the 1930s just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in late 1941 and through World War II. We then go through a story studying both a soldier  of WW II, that was raised in Kauai and the friend of the soldier still living in Kauai during WW II.

I’ll have to keep my review of this book short because the book is short. I loved the illustrations provided by Mamoru Funai the sketchy water color details led to a general feel of the book. I have to admit to a slight bias when reading this book since two of my grand aunts contributed to the stories in the book. I would still recommend this book for you to read if you would like a lighter and more general idea about WW II from the eyes of a person from Hawaii.

Let me know if you have read this book or if you are planning on picking it up . I also added a Currently Reading section in my sidebar instead of the usual books I’ve read. If you have any recommendations for books I should read this year, let me know 🙂 Also if you see any books that I’m reading and don’t see a review, you can always hop to my Goodreads to see a short review there. I’ll see you soon with another post.

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