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The Long Journey and the Short Ride (short story)

Creators: Toshio Mori


Seemingly autobiographical story by Toshio Mori about the author and his brother, a paralyzed veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team , recalling the latter's visit to Topaz prior to shipping out for combat in Europe. The author and his mother get a pass to leave Topaz for the first time since they had arrived in order to see the brother off at the train station. Their apprehensions about being outside the camp are eased by a white family—who had also just seen a son off to war—who offer them a ride to town. Shifting back to the present of the story, the author notes the successful recovery that his brother has made since the war and both brothers lament that neither of their parents lived to see that recovery. The same incident is the basis for another story Mori had written in 1943 titled " The Travelers ." "The Long Journey and the Short Ride" was first published in Mori's 1979 short story collection The Chauvinist and Other Stories .

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " Unfinished Message " by Toshio Mori; " One with the Angels " by Yachiyo Uehara; " The Sensei " by Wakako Yamauchi

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Author Toshio Mori
Publication Date 1979
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Mori, Toshio. "The Long Journey and the Short Ride." In The Chauvinist and Other Stories . Los Angeles: Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1979. 123–26.