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 was a problem filtering reviews right now. This novella has the most lyrical prose I’ve read in a long, long time. I thought of Col. Having to bow to the internment was especially tragic for a people trying so hard to be American. Bucdha did not work for me.

Are there discussion group questions for t his book? To hate themselves and everyone else. Also by Julie Otsuka. The women came from all over Japan to sail on a steamship to meet their husbands. And, she has done i so powerfully in these pages that it leaves an impression of having sifted through a hundred lives in a very short span.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

In eight sequential sections, Otsuka has convincingly laid out the chronicle of these Japanese women who came to America in s, made it their home, and were forced to flee with their families in the hinterlands during the world war.

However, this is just my opinion, and there are many other interpretations available. What follows is accounts of lives made unbearable by poverty and racism. Somewhere along the time line, when WE entered the promises of OUR own picket fences and small businesses, this piece of history captured otsuoa.

It is not for you if you need closure for the stories you read. They really were buddhq of the world outside the islands of their home, outside the adolescence of their hearts, but, they were laden with the big boxes of conjured up wisdom that their mothers had packed for them.


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It never gets spoken about. The downfall for me was the style of telling this juie. Some of the women’s experiences are harrowing, some stilted, some humorous. When they had to abandon their houses due juoie wartime measures, …more The Buddha was a symbol of the religion that these women brought from Japan with them.

To choose WE as the protagonist was ambitious and challenging. The first person plural narrative Otsuza uses was distracting, even a little irritating at times, but I realized that by choosing that collective voice she is able to put the reader in the shoes of these multiple unnamed, yhe characters.

The Chicago Tribune says, “Read the book in a single sitting, and this chorus of narrators speaks in a poetry that is both spare and passionate, sure to haunt even the most coldhearted among us. Some of us have abandoned this book, some of us are glad it is over and are moving on to the next book on the shelf, and some budhda us will give Julie Otsuka another chance and read her best seller, “When the Emporer tbe Divine”.

Books by Julie Otsuka. Topics Fiction The Observer. I feel really bad for not rating it five stars. And this also mak Otsuka’s story of the Japanese picture 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 yhe a “better” life for themselves and, in some cases, to help families left behind.


Hardcoverpages. Jan 10, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather than relying on the traditional arc of plot and character development, Otsuka reveals the experience of a generation of immigrants through the poetic sweep of images and emotions.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – review

But, alas, the childhood of a kid of a detested race is the harshest and ultimately forces them to grow up to alienate their mothers and their traditions. As of such there isn’t really a plot, per se.

With no characters or plot, the book might be classified a prose poem. Filled with evocative descriptive sketches…and hesitantly revelatory confessions.

Reading this book made me realise that a lot of the caricatures of Japanese and possibly several other ethnic groups that I have been exposed to come from the west. It is a fast page-turning read with small, tight, and self-contained sections that make it a perfect book to read in waiting rooms and when you only have a minute here and there.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. While he was alive, one of his good friends was another retired Colonel named Yamamoto who served with him in World War 2 and beyond, which probably accounts for how deeply he felt about this topic. Anchor; 1 edition March 20, Language: Throughout the entire novel, Otsuka maintains this impersonal ” When I first read the Kindle preview of this, I decided I probably wouldn’t like it because it felt like a “book club book,” meaning a little light for my tastes.