In Julie Otsuka’s novel, Japanese women sail to America in the early “The Buddha in the Attic” unfurls as a sequence of linked narratives. : The Buddha in the Attic (Pen/Faulkner Award – Fiction) ( ): Julie Otsuka: Books. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A gorgeous.

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There is no plot in the usual sense of specific individuals going through particular events. The book ends where all the Japanese are gone from the broader society, removed with ghost trains to secret, unknown destinations, and is replaced with Mexicans and other groups. So much is said in so short of a read. Aug 23, Pages. Otsuka masterfully creates a chorus of the unforgettable voices that echo throughout the chambers of this slim but commanding novel, speaking of a time that no American should ever forget.

Anchor; 1 edition March 20, Language: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Portarono via qualcosa, portarono via qualcuno, lasciarono qualcosa, lasciarono qualcuno. The downfall for me was the style of telling this story.

The Buddha in the Attic is a novel written by American author Julie Otsuka about Japanese picture brides immigrating to America in the early s. If they budfha farm, they became maids or washerwoman. What is the effect of this shift in point of view? Their houses are boarded up and empty now. The reader never gets to know one person’s story from another, everything is just a list of things that happen, but it is always to “we” or “one of us” and you can’t follow anyone’s story all the way through.

Alcuni gioiosi, altri timorosi, altri ancora rabbiosi, spaventati, smarriti, delusi. They really This book was like a muffled scream.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The method described above was great for the first chapter but then started sounding like a list being read. Which brings up another issue, I never connected with any of these ladies since they were all intended to be representative of many more ladies in similar situations.


It truly boggles the mind i of the attention this book has gotten.

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They took us in the best hotels in San Francisco Dec 19, Himanshu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even the subject matter is daring. After all, it’s the plight of one, the quest of one, the triumph of one that appeals to us – naturally, te individual and personal portrayals appeal to our innate sense of self, make us connect in a way most of us do not when faced with a collective – reflected quite well in every story, every film, every charity poster that brings out the individual behind the masses, appeals to the personal spark inside of us.

Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times. Each sentence is its own little story, and it’s so rich and visual that I was utterly absorbed in the prose. Mar 20, Budeha.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. These group of Japanese families spread around in the society and did lowly jobs that Americans preferred not to.

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There is a lyricism that is touching, some phrasing of ideas that is striking, some chuckle worthy ignorance about white people that mirrors the ignorance of white people about Japanese and so on. Instead, there are only “we”the intertwined voices of many Japanese picture brides spanning the time between coming to America – the land of promise – in the s until the relocation to the internment camps in the s.

It is here that Otsuka finally gives her women their names: Many may find it just a “book of lists” covering every possible experience encountered by those women as they try to make California their home. What was your reaction to the experiences of the women in childbirth?


Her imagery is crisp and her prose is lean.

They were Japanese mail order brides of almost a century ago that believed that they were coming to a good life in America, even to good husbands. It’s a page fast read.

Some of us had eaten nothing but rice gruel and young girls and had slightly atttic legs, and some of us were only fourteen years old and were still young girls ourselves. I hope I haven’t made the book sound gloomy.

A history lesson in heartbreak. And this also mak Otsuka’s story of the Japanese otuka brides of the early 20th century is an unusual novella, written from the perspective of the group “we”, the multiple experiences of the women who came to America for a “better” life for themselves and, in some cases, to help families left behind.

As this was during the Jim Crow era, they also got paid meager earnings for working backbreaking jobs.

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And when you are prepared to follow the voices into the internment camps, the book leads you instead into the perspective of people in the towns left wondering where the Japanese have gone to. Atttic called us Helen and Lily. Some of us were from Nara, and prayed to our ancestors three times a day, and swore we could still hear the temple bells ringing Some days we forget they were ever with us, although late at night they often surface, unexpectedly, in our dreams.