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A Gesture Life

A Gesture Life is Chang-rae Lee's flashback-filled novel about a man who struggles to come to terms with his experiences in a World War II Japanese camp. Read a character analysis of Doc Hata, plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in A Gesture Life and in-depth analyses of Franklin "Doc" Hata, Sunny Hata, K, and Mary Burns.

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