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Within the Barbed Wire Fence

A Japanese Man's Account of his Internment in Canada

By Takeo Ujo Nakano, With Leatrice Nakano (Willson Chan)

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Series: Goodread Biographies

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Takeo Nakano immigrated to Canada from Japan in 1920, later marrying and starting a family in his adopted homeland. Takeo's passion was poetry, and he cultivated the exquisite form known as tanka.
Then came the Second World War. In 1942, Takeo Nakano was one of thousands of Japanese men interned in labour camps in the British Columbia interior. Their only "crime" was their Japanese origins. Wrenched from his wife and daughter, placed in a labour camp and then an isolated internment camp in northern Ontario, Takeo wrote of his experiences, feelings and reflections with the sensitivity and perception of a poet.
Within the Barbed Wire Fence is the touching account of the effects of one of Canada's greatest injustices on a single, sensitive soul.

"A poet's story of a man trapped by history."

- Canadian Press

"What sets Nakano's memoir apart is his poetic sensibility... A reaffirmation of the strength of the human spirit in adversity and the healing power of forgiveness."

- William French Globe and Mail

"Sensitive and moving... This book holds the bloom of a beautiful parable."

- United Church Observer

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 134 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1983
ISBN: 9780887801020
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Black and white illustrations

BISAC Code:  HIS006000, HIS027130
Imprint: Goodread Biography


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