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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And then the ultimate punishment, being accused of collaborating with the Japanese aggressors in buddhw war and just because of their Japanese roots they have to leave their homes, farms shops, and they are shipped to internment camps.

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The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic cuts even deeper, going beyond the politics of the time, or the politics of fear, and gets to the very core of who we are as people, not just as a country. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What is the significance of the Buddha laughing in the attic?

A well researched, historical fictional account, Otsuka depicts life for Japanese American immigrants to California over a span of thirty years in the early 20th century. Some babies were delivered by their husbands who knew nothing about delivering babies. By including all of Japan’s picture-brides with no anchor of place, there is no one for the reader to embrace, root for, or despise.

Become a fan of Julie Otsuka on Facebook. Or in a stage production. Poi il mormorio diventa coro, pensieri che all’unisono si sovrappongono, si spingono, si strattonano quasi. There is also a very striking shift at the end that gives the arc some meaning.


Whatever its genre, it is without a doubt eloquent and unforgettable. A bitter, or nostalgic ending? After all, it’s the plight of one, the quest of one, the triumph of one that appeals to us – naturally, as individual and personal portrayals appeal to our innate sense of self In this slim, delicate, lyrical novel Julie Otsuka unflinchingly and confidently does something that really is not supposed to work for Western readers, those bred in the culture of stark individualism and raised in a society where it’s traditional to expect a bright spark of individuality shining through the grey masses.

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But truly, there is no actual story here. Instead of a single, named protagonist, Otsuka writes in the bbuddha personal plural through a series of thematic chapters. Wrought in exquisite poetry, each sentence spare in words, precise in meaning and eloquently evocative, like a tanka poem, this book is a rare, unique treat.

Read it Forward Read it first. Feb 07, Susan rated it it was amazing. What follows is accounts of lives made unbearable by poverty and racism. I wished that Otsuka would have gone more in depth in telling the stories of women who trekked across an ocean to meet husbands who they might not be compatible with.

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When they arrive, they are disillusioned by “the crowd of men in knit caps and shabby black coats waiting for us down below on the dock… the photographs we had been sent were 20 years old. We are experiencing technical difficulties. So we get every variation of where they had come from, every variation otsuja sex for the first time with their husbands, childbirth, work, raising children, interacting with Americans, etc.


The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – review

The Buddha in the Attic is narrated in the first person plural, i. Das Buch hat mich von der ersten an Seite mitgerissen und ich konnte es nicht aus der Hand legen. Some of the women’s experiences are harrowing, some stilted, some humorous.

Read more Read ktsuka. Otsuka enjoins the reader to flow with the voices of Japanese women from their sea passage to San Francisco as mail-order brides in the 20s to the time of internment in camps during World War 2.

Although a work of fiction, this short novel focuses on the psychological and emotional suffering The Buddha in the Attic What a mesmerizing reading experience this was. Buy the Audiobook Attc About this Author Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California.

Julei would have worked as a short story or novella at half the size as is. But as time goes on, so does the lives of these Americans. Some of them asked us to tell them our real names, which they then whispered again and again until we no longer knew who we were. The book gives a breathless, kaleidoscopic account of the women’s hopes and fears and the hard-working lives julke which they settled.

I actually found it inspiring and full of beauty and hope.