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The book Farwell to Manzanar is the true story of a young Japanese-American girl Jeanne Wakatsuki In it she recalls the time after the bombing at Pearl Harbor the three and a half years during World War II that she spent in an internment camp called Manzanar and the years following her release The book begins with a seven year old Jeanne and is told primarily through her eyes until 1972 almost thirty years after she leaves Jeannes stories of life at Manzanar made me think about how lightly we take things as children Since most of the book takes place just before and during her internment it is written as if she is once again seven eight or nine Jeanne writes with the thoughts of a child She expresses her emotions just as she would have then almost indifferent to what is going on in the world around her Fore example when she is on the bus to Manzanar Jeanne says I was full of excitement as any kid would be and wanted to look out the window She does not mind the fact that she leaving her home for some camp She sees it as an adventure Also throughout her story Jeanne always seems happier or at least not as affected by things as everyone else Like when her father returns from Fort Lincoln everyone is silent and still but as she recalls I was the only one who approached him I had not thought of him much after he was taken away He was simply gone Now I was so happy to see him that I ran up and threw my arms around his waist and buried my face in his belt She had not minded her fathers absence She could not understand what had happened to him But still she went up to him and expressed her emotions not caring how the others felt As children we are called innocent Adults
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