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The Divine WindOwn is turning against its native Japanese residents including Mitsy Sennosuke the girl Hart loves despite himself The. This was gooddifferent thoughIts funny beacuse the ending imlies so much and is so confusing at the same timeYet in a funny way it seems as this is the only way that it could end

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On the eve of WWII suspicion runs rampant in Hartley Penrose's small town Even though they've done nothing wrong the t. ‘The Divine Wind’ is a concise account of how paranoia fear and mistrust created by ‘White Australia’ propaganda during WW2 in this case the Japanese air attack on Broome fanned the flames of racism in our country Our main protagonist Hart must battle his own prejudices and treachery when his perception of the girl that he supposedly loves a Japanese girl changes as the war pits friend against friend and lover against lover Garry Disher writes with a fantastic economy of words This book was a breeze largely due to the fact that there was no filler everything seemed essential Unfortunately Hart is largely unlikeable due to his selfishness jealousy and single mindedness Disher’s life experience and wisdom also undermine his attempts to narrate as Hart in 1946 at which point he would be 25 only about 4 or 5 years older than the end of his story I can’t reconcile the narrator’s level headedness and high level of self awareness with that of the boy in the story It was otherwise a uick and thought provoking read “Friendship is a slippery notion We lose friends as we change and our friends don’t or as we form new alliances as we betray our friends or are ourselves betrayed”

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Read & Download The Divine Wind 104 ↠ On the eve of WWII suspicion runs rampant in Hartley Penrose's small town Even though they've done nothing wrong the town is turning against its native Japanese residents including Mitsy Sennosuke the girl Hart loves despite himself The result is a wrenching unforgettable story of romance betrayal and the turmoils thResult is a wrenching unforgettable story of romance betrayal and the turmoils that rock both the world and the heart. 15 July 2002 THE DIVINE WIND A LOVE STORY by Gary Disher Arthur Levine BooksScholastic May 2002 Gonna lay down my sword and shieldDown by the riversideAin't gonna study war no War is such stupid insane and horrible shit I felt this way as a kid in the '60s watching the evening new reports from Vietnam Back in those days of adolescence and assassinations my emerging heroes were calling for us to Make Love Not War I've felt these sentiments resurface time and again throughout my life as one crazy madman or faction or government after another including my own country's government starts gearing up to slaughter yet another group of people And I'm especially feeling this way this morning after being bashed about by THE DIVINE WIND A LOVE STORY Who thought up war anyway Sometimes when I read books that have bullies in them tales of contemporary times or slavery or the Civil Rights movement or even the Middle Ages I'm convinced the nature of some portion of humankind has been and will always be that of lethal aggressor It all reminds me of certain dairy goats I've owned and observed over the years who spend their lives seemingly compelled to repeatedly and relentlessly put everybody else in their places Fortunately the goats' technology limits them to butting heads or butting butts so that the victim du jour the weakest the least aggressive or the convenient scapegoat need only endure discomfort long enough for the troublemaker to eventually get bored and hungry It seems that the causes of men's wars have always fallen into two categories You're different and I say it's mine not yours The proposition that there's always been aggression against those who are different is adroitly portrayed by Jon Scieszka in HomoSapiens his story of a Neanderthal bashing party from the TOMORROWLAND collection 'And what's with those big brows flat heads and bowed legs I know chimps who walk a straighter line That's not human'More uneasy shouts and murmurs'Did you hear what the Neanderthal said to the maggot chewing on the three month old mammoth carcass You gonna finish that'A relieved burst of rowdy laughter'I think the only way to make it to the next Big Pile of Rocks is to get rid of the competition before they get rid of us What do you think'The man raises his index finger once 'We're number one We're number one We're number one' The chant builds again A few men raise flaked stone tipped spears Others pound clubs Someone twirls an ax murderously overhead As for fighting over whose is whose I have always been impressed by the passage that I first read many years ago near the beginning of Michner's ALASKA in which a family of early people learn from their elder about the movement of mankind away from the hot and temperate climes as population pressures mounted And then once in the time of the Ancient One's great great great grandmother or even further back competition for favorable sites recurred but now it was the less able who were forced to move on leaving the most fit to hold on to the temperate zones This meant that in the Northern Hemisphere the subarctic areas began to be filled with people who had been evicted from the congenial climates Always the pressure came from the warmer lands to the south and always it ended with people being forced to live on cold and arid lands which could barely support them Having always been overwhelmed by the complexity and contradictions of World War II I am relieved to have been born a generation too late to have had to deal with it firsthand At the same time that complexity has long made World War II a topic about which I've read and been fascinated THE DIVINE WIND A LOVE STORY is a tense and riveting read set on the northwest Australian coast at the dawn of the Second World War I don't care that its fiction I will be clenching my fists for days as I recall the results of the havoc wrecked by the insanity of the adult world upon the story's three young central characters Hart who narrates the story his sister Alice and Alice's best friend Mitsy Sennosuke a girl of Japanese parents Before moving to California as a young man I had never heard of the Japanese internment during World War II nope it wasn't ever mentioned in the history books they used back on the East Coast in my youth So I am not at all surprised to learn from THE DIVINE WIND that a similar procedure took place in Australia Nor am I shocked by the manner in which the Australian white supremacists in the book treat individuals of the various nonwhite groups But the way in which those prejudices and the War engulf the three young people and totally screw up what should have been their idyllic young lives brought me to the verge of utter despair as I read page after page of Hart's touching love story I fell in love with Mitsy in the darkness of the tin walled cinema in Sheba Lane where cowboys roamed the range and airmen spies slipped away from foreign countries in the light of the moon and great white hunters saved beautiful women from maddened rogue elephantsIn the daylight Mitsy was a separate being slim and restless and full of jokes and mischief like Alice but when the lights were dimmed and the screen glowed with lovers and heroes she would grow uiet and still and settle in her seat and imperceptibly shift until her shoulder and knee touched mine Alice on the other side of her would crane her head around and meet my gaze but never say anything or tease just as Mitsy would never acknowledge the intimacy when the lights came on at the end but simply treat me as one of the gang again I sometimes thought that I dreamed of her In stark contrast to the other white adult characters Hart and Alice's father Michael Penrose is the one that I'd want to know A complex good hearted guy who makes one awful mistake he repeatedly stands up and speaks loudly for what is right In addition the colorful multiethnic supporting cast is a lively crowd that had me smiling despite the horrors that they freuently bore the brunt of THE DIVINE WIND A LOVE STORY takes us to a rugged and beautiful place at a tough time in history and introduces us to three young people who I hope are still out there somewhere old and at peaceRichie Partington MLISRichie's Picks