Wednesday, July 21, 2004
The Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee
I chose to read The Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee because it was included in the list of novel titles on the 2004 Literature Free Response essay novels. I had never heard of the book and looked it up as soon as the tests were released. It is an interesting tale of a Japanese man whose life in the present is haunted by the events he witnessed as a medic in the Japanese Army in WWII. The prose is very rich and the story moves back and forth in time.