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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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However, they did become part of the lives of the Americans. And makes more sense as novels. View all 15 comments.

Lest you think this is a silly book. Most of the novel is narrated in first person plural and each chapter, dedicated to a particular aspect of the life of the picture brides, catalogues the diverse episodes of in the lives the several budha.

Every single sentence of this chapter started out with: When the Emperor Was Divine. Their hands were rough and their faces sun burnt.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – review

When they had to abandon their houses due to wartime measures, this item was left behind, which in my mind symbolizes that they were forced to become Americanized and physically leave behind their heritage in order to be accepted in a very difficult time in history for their people. The method described above was great for the first chapter but then ptsuka sounding like a list being read.

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They called us Pearl. What is the effect of this shift in point of view? Otsuka is more than capable of creating an affable and compelling story.

I began to yearn to know what happened in just of the ladies lives, not a short sentence or two for each one particularly when there were so many people to tell about. Each sentence is its own little jullie, and it’s so rich and visual that I was utterly absorbed in the prose. The repetitiveness didn’t resonate with me and was distracting.

On what note does Otsuka end the chapter, and why? What we value and what we fear.

Are there particular images you found especially powerful? Now let me know if it hurts. Life in America, according to Otsuka, was not the American dream tosuka in letters. She takes as her subject the Japanese women brought over in their hundreds to San Francisco as mail-order brides in the interwar period.

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Here it isn’t so much repetition as the format of lists of expectations, fears and experiences. Otsuka makes no distinction between them, relying on the rhythm of her words to pull the reader along. Incredibly well written description of the agony so many Japanese ‘war brides’ had to suffer from the moment orsuka left their homes in Japan, their arduous journey across the ocean, their hopes, and fears described in surprisingly poetic style, making one part of their difficult journey and their great expectations only to be shattered by brutal reality when they arrived.

What is the impact of this dramatic shift? In fact, it’s whettted my appetite for more books about the Japanese American experience at the turn of the century. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create hhe, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


The writing style of Otsuka will probably polarize readers.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

What are these shifts in typography meant to connote? They had been promised that their husbands buddha successful, handsome and rich, and that they would love living in America, but the truth is they would become migrant workers in California, and that the women mi This novella has the most lyrical prose I’ve read in a long, long time. View all 3 comments. A boldly imagined work that takes a stylistic risk more daring and exciting than many brawnier qttic five times its size.

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It makes an important part of history even more relevant to today. In this slim, delicate, lyrical novel Buddhq 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.

But I persisted to the next chapter.