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Milton Murayama
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978-0824831974
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0824831977
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Dying in a Strange Land is the final book in Milton Murayama's tetralogy on the Japanese American experience in Hawaii. The first was All I Asking for Is My Body, an underground classic published privately by the author in 1975 and later reprinted by the University of Hawai'i in 1988.

Dying in a Strange Land is the final book in Milton Murayama's tetralogy on the Japanese American experience in Hawaii. After that, came Five Years on a Rock in 1994 (U of Hawai'i) and Plantation Boy in 1998 (U of Hawai'i).

Dying in a Strange Land (Latitude 20 Book) Although pleased with the book's success and his subsequent fame, the Morris of Dying in a Strange Land is principally concerned with getting the family story right.

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Milton Murayama's long-awaited Dying in a Strange Land brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family. Familiar faces from All I Asking For Is My Body, Five Years on a Rock, and Plantation Boy return to advance the story from the years immediately following World War II to the 1980s. After her husband sinks them deep in debt, strong-willed and pragmatic Sawa takes charge of the family.

Milton Murayama's long-awaited ""Dying in a Strange Land"" brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family. Familiar faces from ""All I Asking For Is My Body"", ""Five Years on a Rock"", and ""Plantation Boy"" return to advance the story from the years immediately following World War II to the 1980s. After her husband sinks them deep in debt, strong-willed and pragmatic Sawa takes charge of the family

Milton Murayama's long-awaited "Dying in a Strange Land" brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family

Milton Murayama's long-awaited "Dying in a Strange Land" brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family. Familiar faces from "All I Asking For Is My Body", "Five Years on a Rock", and "Plantation Boy" return to advance the story from the years immediately following World War II to the 1980s.

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Milton Murayama’s long-awaited Dying in a Strange Land brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family

Milton Murayama’s long-awaited Dying in a Strange Land brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family.

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Milton Murayama’s long-awaited Dying in a Strange Land brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family. Familiar faces from All I Asking For Is My Body, Five Years on a Rock, and Plantation Boy return to advance the story from the years immediately following World War II to the 1980s. After her husband sinks them deep in debt, strong-willed and pragmatic Sawa takes charge of the family. The war ends and her children leave the plantation camp for Honolulu and the Mainland, but Sawa has little time for loneliness or regret. When asked by her neighbors if she misses them, she replies, "They must look for what they want."

However, Tosh, the eldest―who has long been saddled with the burden of his family’s failures in addition to his own―is wise to his mother’s "sob stories": "She going hold you to your samurai’s word," he warns his brothers. Even after he becomes an architect, Tosh is quick to blame his problems on "oya-koh-koh" (filial piety).

Living on the East Coast and unable to make ends meet as a writer, Kiyo, the third son, takes any job that doesn’t leave him too word-weary or emotionally exhausted to write in his spare time. Chronic fatigue turns him into a minimalist. At 52 he finally finds acclaim when he publishes a novel about issei and nisei in rural Hawai‘i.

Not much is expected of Miwa, the fifth child and second daughter. Pregnant at sixteen and forced to leave school, she is rejected by her family and bullied by her in-laws until she finds work as a maid at one of the new hotels in West Maui. A surprise promotion brings Miwa self-esteem and a good income―and respect from her relatives.

Just as each generation of the Oyama family struggles to find a way to survive the diaspora from Japan to Hawaii and beyond, so must Sawa, Tosh, Kiyo, and Miwa deal individually with the collision between Japanese and American values, between duty to family and personal freedom.

  • Dying in a Strange Land is the final book in Milton Murayama's tetralogy on the Japanese American experience in Hawaii. The first was All I Asking for Is My Body, an underground classic published privately by the author in 1975 and later reprinted by the University of Hawai'i in 1988. After that, came Five Years on a Rock in 1994 (U of Hawai'i) and Plantation Boy in 1998 (U of Hawai'i).

    All four works tell the story of the Oyama family. The father is a first generation (Issei) Japanese American who goes to Hawaii to work in the sugarcane fields. Initially, he intends to work for a few years and then return to Japan. But when it becomes clear to Oyama that he is not going to make his fortune overnight, he sends back to Japan for a wife. The family arranges a marriage for him with his cousin Sawa from Kyushu who likewise believes that her stay in Hawaii will be a short one. During her times of hardship, she consoles herself with the proverb that anyone can stand "five years on a rock."

    The couple's life together on the island of Maui is extremely difficult. After a failed stint as a fisherman, Oyama moves his growing family to a plantation camp several kilometers inland. But there is no land to own or to lease. The plantation runs the town, the school, the store, and the medical clinic. According to the Marxist schoolteacher who figures in the first novel, Hawaii is "the last surviving vestige of feudalism in the United States." (33) The situation on the sugarcane plantations was somewhat analogous to the West Virginia coal mining towns where entire families ended up trapped in a downward spiral of poor living conditions, sickness, and debt to the company store. At the end of All I Asking for Is My Body, the Oyamas are $6,000 in debt and it appears likely that the plantation will claim another generation.

    The second novel Five Years on a Rock is Sawa's story from her childhood as a girl in Kyushu to the hardships and triumphs of raising a family in Hawaii. Although it covers much of the same ground as the earlier novel, it is written from a different perspective. While All I Asking for Is My Body can be categorized as a coming-of-age novel (it has been favorably compared to J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye), Five Years on a Rock is far less judgmental and more forgiving.

    Plantation Boy, the third novel of the series, is the oldest son Tosh's story. Bitterly resentful of both the plantation system and his parents' demands on his life and his livelihood, Tosh turns to boxing for release. When the war comes, he tries to enlist but is rejected due to his poor hearing. Thereafter, he manages to graduate from high school by taking correspondence courses while working full time. He becomes a draftsman and apprentices himself to an architect just as Hawaii is being touted as America's new tourist destination. Later, he sets up his own architectural firm. Wealth and power allow Tosh to settle some old scores. Although he can still box, he doesn't have to.

    The fourth book, Dying in a Strange Land, differs from the previous three in that the point of view is divided between Kiyo, Sawa, and Tosh (the respective narrators of the first three books). This works quite well if you have read the previous books. Then the payoff comes in something that Cedric Watts calls "intertextuality," a critical term used to describe the instances when a narrator, setting, character, or theme is reprised in a subsequent work. For those who have read the earlier book(s), there are echoes and deepening shades of character and plot.

    In Dying in a Strange Land, Murayama picks up the threads of the various narratives and attempts to weave them together into a unified whole. Everyone is now older, one or two are wiser. There are trips to Japan to houses that are no longer around and relatives on their deathbeds, trips to the mainland to brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters living their own lives. At the center this time is Morris (Kiyoshi Morris) the middle child, writer, and alter ego of Milton Murayama. He takes a job with the Customs Service in San Francisco so that he will be free to write in the evenings and on weekends. But the world has changed since Hawthorne was staring out of the window of the Customs House in Salem and Melville was looking at a brick wall in Lower Manhattan. Now "keeping your day job until your night job pays" is a career proposition. If you live long enough, there's a pension but there may never be a book.

    After offering All I Asking for Is My Body to several publishing houses, Murayama and his wife do it themselves. They call their imprint "Supa Press" after their dog and pay for the first two thousand copies from their savings. The year is 1975 and Murayama is fifty-two years old. Although pleased with the book's success and his subsequent fame, the Morris of Dying in a Strange Land is principally concerned with getting the family story right. In particular, he wants to make sure that his mother Sawa receives the credit for her children's rise in the world. Three books and thirty-three years later, it is the death of his mother who has died "in a strange land" that haunts Murayama more than anything else.

  • This is a well written book, a fine conclusion to the series that began with "All I Asking For Is My Body." The author gets the culture and language exactly, showing the transition of this Japanese-American family from immigrants to Americans - along with the transformation of culture in Hawaii, finally letting the Japanese-Americans participate after WW2. I recommend the whole series - the first book was especially good at showing the hardships and injustices of immigrant plantation life. This book, the fourth, is as well written as the first and better than numbers two and three. But all four are worth reading if you are interested in the Japanese-American experience in Hawaii.

  • I loved his earlier books. This one drags on a little too slowly for me