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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
"Passage to Hiroshima, Rising Sun Series, Volume One" by Gordon T. Allred was a good read. The writing is well done with vivid descriptions. The main part of the story takes only ten or so pages and is at the end of the book. The story is mostly about looking into the mind of a young man trying to find himself and his purpose. This is not a high action plot, the author depends heavily on description and drama to convey his message.This is a wonderful book if you enjoy delving into the thinking of another human being.
Zenji Yamato, a Japanese-American, 20 years old, is coming of age in 1941. He has lived in America with his parents and sister since leaving Japan when he was eight years old. "Passage to Hiroshima" shares with us, his journey back to Japan to visit his uncles and cousins. We join Zenji on the train as he remembers the things he has promised his Mother and his Bishop to do on this journey. We then board the Liberty for the ocean crossing. We travel with him and learn his thoughts and feel his emotions concerning the people he meets and the hopes he has when arriving in Japan. Zenji makes friend with an older gentlemen and they watch from a distance a beautiful older woman as she strolls alone around the deck. On a chance encounter he meets the lovely lady, Prasana Radhakrishan, while at the pool, and the two quickly become friends. Unfortunately, she is a troubled woman suffering from multiple personality disorder and depression. Zenji gets caught up in the drama of these ailments and we share his feelings and thoughts on how to deal with Prasana.