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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Silent Honor</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Danielle Steele</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Interest Level</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Grades 9-12; Adult</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Coming of age; Companionship as salvation; Everlasting love; Evils of racism; Loss of innocence; Will to survive</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Romance</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Point-of-View/Protagonist Characteristics</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Third person</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Widely available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">San Francisco Bay Area, California; Kyoto, Japan</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1920s to 1945; mostly 1941–45</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Facility</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Tanforan [15] - San Bruno, California; Tule Lake [10] - Newell, California</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Silent Honor;\nCreators:Danielle Steele;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Coming of age; Companionship as salvation; Everlasting love; Evils of racism; Loss of innocence; Will to survive;\nGenre:Romance;\nPoV:Third person;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:San Francisco Bay Area, California; Kyoto, Japan;\nChronology:1920s to 1945; mostly 1941–45;\nFacility:Tanforan [15] - San Bruno, California; Tule Lake [10] - Newell, California;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Silent Honor</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Danielle Steele</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Delacorte Press</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1996</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">353</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Silent Honor;\nAuthor:Danielle Steele;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Delacorte Press;\nPubDate:1996;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:353;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Novel by bestselling author Danielle Steel about a Japanese American family in the San Francisco Bay Area and their wartime odyssey in American concentration camps, highlighting a romance between a niece recently arrived from Japan and a white college professor.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Additional_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Additional Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Reviews</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Footnotes</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Synopsis\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>We meet Masao and Hidemi Takashima, a modern Japanese couple with two children who live in Kyoto, where Masao is a university professor in political science. Long fascinated by the United States, where his cousin and best friend, Takeo Tanaka, lives, he teaches his children English, and when his daughter Hiroko finishes high school, he decides to send her to live with Takeo's family so she can go to college in the U.S. Though she doesn't want to go, she agrees to try it for a year. It is the fall of 1941.\n</p><p>Takeo is also a political scientist and teaches at Stanford. His wife, Reiko, is a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Kibei\" title=\"Kibei\">Kibei</a> and nurse. They have three children, ranging in age from sixteen to eight. Though encountering extreme culture shock from living with her highly Americanized cousins, Hiroko adapts slowly and becomes a welcomed member of the Tanaka family. Her experience at St. Andrews College is less happy, as her two roommates—and seemingly most of the rest of the student body—are highly prejudiced against anyone Japanese. Her weekend visits with the Tanakas become more frequent as a surreptitious romance breaks out between Hiroko and Takeo's young colleague and close friend, Peter Jenkins. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor begins a chain of events that see the Tanakas—along with all other Japanese Americans on the West Coast—forcibly removed and sent to concentration camps. They go first to the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Tanforan_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Tanforan (detention facility)\">Tanforan Assembly Center</a>, then to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Tule_Lake\" title=\"Tule Lake\">Tule Lake</a>. Peter visits them every day at Tanforan, until he has to report for military service. At Tule Lake, Hiroko reveals she is pregnant and soon gives birth to a baby boy of obvious mixed-race origin. She also learns that her brother has been conscripted into the Japanese army and has been killed in battle. Her cousin and the Tanaka's only son enlists for the army from Tule Lake, and he too is killed in battle in Europe. Then the letters from Peter stop coming. Will he survive the war and if so, will their romance survive?\n</p><p>Much of the novel depicts the trauma of the forced exclusion and life in the concentration camps: the subpar facilities, lack of privacy and breakdown in family life. Since they are at Tule Lake through the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Loyalty_questionnaire\" title=\"Loyalty questionnaire\">loyalty questionnaire</a> episode and after the camps becomes a \"<a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Segregation\" title=\"Segregation\">segregation center</a>,\" clashes between the loyalist and dissident inmate factions are depicted. But there are many errors and exaggerations in these depictions (see below).\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Additional_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Additional_Information\">Additional Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Danielle Steel (1947– ) is referred to by <i>Contemporary Authors Online</i> as \"nothing less than a publishing phenomenon,\" listing her book sales as north of 590 million books, making her one of the best-selling authors in publishing history. <i>Silent Honor</i>, her 38th novel, had a first printing of two million copies. Released in late November 1996, it entered Publishers Weekly's (PW) bestsellers list on the week of November 18 and was number one on that list for the next two weeks. Despite its late in the year release, it was #7 on PW's list of best selling hard-cover fiction in 1996, selling 1.25 million copies by the end of the year. The mass-market paperback version was #4 of PW's list of 1997 bestsellers, selling 2.8 million copies.\n</p><p>Reviews were mixed. <i>Publishers Weekly</i> cites \"\"Steel's slapdash prose and stereotypical characterizations [that] produce a formulaic tale,\" but also that she \"succeed[s] in telling a poignant story.\" Terri Theiss of the <i>Christian Science Monitor</i> laments that \"what could have been a fascinating story with original insights is simply pleasant in a formulaic way.\" Barbara E. Kemp of <i>Library Journal</i> calls it \"predictable,\" and <i>Kirkus Reviews</i> calls is a \"color-by-the-numbers historical tract\" with \"a sappy end [that] is tacked on.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p>While <i>Silent Honor</i> does provide a more-or-less accurate account of Japanese American life in the concentration camps, there are several errors or implausibilities and a broader tendency to make the hardships even greater than they really were. Among the errors are some basic numbers and dates: Steel writes that there ten thousand at Tanforan (page 206), which had a peak population of 7,816 and eighty thousand at Tule Lake (287), some four times the actual peak population there. The Tanakas find out that their son has been killed in action in Europe on New Year's Day 1944 (302); those who volunteered from the camps like him were still in basic training at that time. A reference to the removal of Japanese Americans from <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Bainbridge_Island,_Washington\" title=\"Bainbridge Island, Washington\">Bainbridge Island, Washington</a> claims there went to \"a local fairground\" (158); they were actually sent directly to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a>. Most notably, the Tanakas are sent from Tanforan to Tule Lake and the son's girlfriend's family to Manzanar; in reality, nearly all from Tanforan were sent to the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Topaz\" title=\"Topaz\">Topaz</a>, Utah, concentration camp.\n</p><p>Among the exaggerated hardships and condition are descriptions of Tanforan that include \"a long line of open toilets,\" a horse stall residence that is \"open to the air,\" and \"filled with manure\" (182); Steel describes the men staying up until 2 a.m. \"cleaning two feet of manure out of a horse stall\" (186). The most serious example involves the Tanakas' transfer from Tanforan to Tule Lake that is depicted in chapters 12 and 13: while Reiko and the kids are taken directly to Tule Lake, both Takeo and Hiroko are taken to a mysterious camp on separate trains and harshly interrogated. After a month, Hiroko is released to Tule Lake, with Takeo following later; the mysterious camp turns out to be a separate area of Tule Lake. This episode has no basis in reality. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Bridge_of_Scarlet_Leaves_(book)\" title=\"Bridge of Scarlet Leaves (book)\">Bridge of Scarlet Leaves</a></i> by Kristina McMorris; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Hotel_on_the_Corner_of_Bitter_and_Sweet_(book)\" title=\"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (book)\">Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet</a></i> by Jamie Ford; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/What_the_Scarecrow_Said_(book)\" title=\"What the Scarecrow Said (book)\">What the Scarecrow Said</a></i> by Stuart David Ikeda\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Publisher website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>.\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Kemp, Barbara. <i>Library Journal</i>, Dec. 1996, 148. [\"Although it may be predictable, this novel is a reminder of a shameful episode in American history that should not be forgotten.\"]\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Kirkus Reviews</a></i>, Oct. 1, 1996. [\"If prosaic and simple, a glimpse nonetheless into a shameful episode in American history.\"]\n</p><p><i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Oct. 28, 1996, 58. [\"Steel's slapdash prose and stereotypical characterization produce a formulaic tale, albeit more earnest and didactic than her usual fare...\"]\n</p><p>Theiss, Terri. <i>Christian Science Monitor</i>, Dec. 19, 1996, 14. [\"... what could have been a fascinating story with original insights is simply pleasant in a formulaic way.\"]\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\"><i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Oct. 28, 1996, 58; Terri Theiss, <i>Christian Science Monitor</i>, Dec. 19, 1996, 14; Barbara E. Kemp, <i>Library Journal</i>, Dec. 1996, 148; <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, Oct. 1, 1996, accessed on June 12, 2016 at \n<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.140 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.144 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 383/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2511/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6618/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1400/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2239-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180309151429 and revision id 28205\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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