Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories by Hisaye Yamamoto

Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories

Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories brings together fifteen stories that span Hisaye Yamamoto's forty-year career. It was her first book to be published in the United States. Yamamoto's themes include the cultural conflicts between the first generation, the Issei, and their children, the Nisei; coping with prejudice; and the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans.In addition to the contents of the original volume, this edition brings bac...

Details Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories

TitleSeventeen Syllables and Other Stories
Release DateApr 1st, 2001
PublisherRutgers University Press
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Cultural, Japan, Academic, School

Reviews Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories

  • sdw
    I liked this book so much I'm writing my dissertation on it. Because I'm currently thinking about these stories 24-7, its hard for me to distance myself enough to explain why they are fascinating. Seventeen Syllables is a collection of her short stories. I don't usually like short stories, but I do like Yamamoto's short stories. Yamamoto is really concise with her word choice, and the stories are remarkably artistically structured. My favorites i...
  • Charlie Canning
    Great short stories by a little-known master of the formHisaye Yamamoto was born in Redondo Beach, California in 1921 to a family of first generation (Issei) Japanese American vegetable farmers. Like many Nisei children, Yamamoto grew up speaking Japanese at home and English at school. After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 9066 consigning both Japanese-born residents of the United States and American...
  • Jessica
    I didn't finish it. I started out liking the stories, but started to get bored and eventually felt like I was pushing through without really wanting to. It was coming close to its library due date when I read "Las Vegas Charley" and found that story so disappointing that I decided not to feel bad about taking it back without finishing it.I enjoyed a few of the earlier stories, including the title one, and this author deserves some interest just f...
  • David B
    Hisaye Yamamoto was not a prolific writer, but her output of fine short stories spans decades. Central themes include assimilation and the loss of traditional cultural values, troubled marriages, and, of course, the shameful internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. As a writer who was raised in the culture and who originally published many of these stories in Japanese American publications for a largely Japanese American audience, she produc...
  • Esarah
    Favorite stories in this collection: Life Among the Oil Fields: A Memoir, Las Vegas Charley, and The Legend of Miss Sasegawara.
  • David
    Sharp. Tight and clean writing in these stories. There is not a great deal of ornamentation, but the stories are beautiful nonetheless. Penetrating, engaging, and solid all around.
  • Alyssa Smith
    Title: Seventeen Syllables and Other StoriesAuthor: Hisaye YamamotoSeries: n/aPublisher: Kitchen Table: Women of Color PressPublication Date: 1988Genre(s): Short stories, Asian-American, Realistic fictionRating: 3 starsOpening Line:In the middle of the morning, the telephone rings.-from “The High-Heeled Shoes”Here is a collection of short stories written by Hisaye Yamamoto, first published in 1988 and containing stories written during a 40-ye...
  • Anna
    This book is similar to the one I read prior, American Dragons. Both are short stories by Asian Americans. However, I enjoyed Seventeen Syllables more, because of the beautiful word choice and structure of the stories. I felt that the stories didn't focus so much on being Asian American, which made the people in them more relatable for me. The stories were a bit hard to get into at first, but by the end did stir up some emotions in me. I also lik...
  • Jing
    Well I do not get this book much, but it does seem good based on how its written. Good use of literary device such as irony, imagery and those things. This stories are based on woman who lives are affected by religion, marriage, role from their male household and also how American affected them. The ending might seem sad, but it also have a moral behind too. Every tale is interesting and might make you somewhat emotional.
  • Jon Gerstmyer
    If you get a chance to read this, run screaming. This book was terrible!
  • Elaine
    Seventeen letters (and an apostrophe): Yoneko's Earthquake.