The Kappa Child

The Kappa Child

Paperback - 2001
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The Kappa Child is the tale of four Japanese Canadian sisters struggling to escape the bonds of a family and landscape as inhospitable as the sweltering prairie heat.

In a family not at all reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, four Japanese-Canadian sisters struggle to escape the bonds of a family and landscape as inhospitable as the sweltering prairie heat. Their father, moved by an incredible dream of optimism, decides to migrate from the lush green fields of British Columbia to Alberta. There, he is determined to deny the hard-pan limitations of the prairie and to grow rice. Despite a dearth of both water and love, the family discovers, through sorrow and fear, the green kiss of the Kappa Child, a mythical creature who blesses those who can imagine its magic...

Publisher: Calgary, Alta. : Red Deer Press, c2001.
ISBN: 9780889952287
0889952280
Branch Call Number: FIC/Goto 6173mb 1
Characteristics: 278 p.

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danester
Dec 02, 2014

"The Kappa Child is awesome. Drawing from Japanese folklore, Goto weaves a story of fantasical realism that draws at least somewhat from her own childhood in a Japanese Canadian immigrant family. The family tiptoes around an abusive father, and Goto explores the impact of childhood on adulthood, the meaning of family, and finding one's own path in the world. Great book." ~Colin in GoodReads

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lmm789
Aug 14, 2013

No idea what this book is doing on the freshman roster at the once-venerable University of British Columbia (UBC) English Department when there is such a wide assortment of classics truly worthy of literary scholarship.

This novel, and I use the term loosely, is a poorly written exercise in pedantry devised to offend and injure particularly the psyche of young heterosexual men. It's a heavy-handed (knuckle-scraping) approach to the same old brave new world blame game of patriarchy as the inventor of every evil known to man and beast. It presumes that we are all as intellectually and spiritually bankrupt as the author, who seems to suggest that two people from different backgrounds are unable ever to see anything about one another beyond what makes us different, as if all communication is an aggressive imposition of ourselves lacking in curiosity or humanity. What nonsense!

Like the purveyors of leaky condos and other offal infecting contemporary culture, obscure writers in coldest Canada use the old sales ruse of conferring on themselves and one another meaningless literary awards and then manipulating them to obtain undeserved writer-in-residencies as evidence of literary skill. This author would be better suited, in my view, to the hamburger or ditch-digging trades.

What's criminal is that post-secondary English departments are now so infected by mediocrity and so divorced from authentic literary scholarship that professors no longer distinguish literature from this tripe. Students: If this selection is included on your reading list, change courses, report the instructor and move on. It's simply not worthy of either your money or your time.

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sarifu
Oct 16, 2011

Should be on one of those mandatory reading lists in schools. A little creepy, hilarious and sad all at the same time. A "girl in the prairies" story I can finally relate to.

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