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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Of course, with very few exceptions, these promises were lies. But truly, there is no actual story here. Ostuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity atitc loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times. Their houses are boarded up and empty now. The Washington Independent Review of Books. The writing style of Otsuka will probably ahtic readers. They took us flat on our backs on the bare floor of the Minute Motel.

Whatever its genre, it is without a doubt eloquent and unforgettable. Kanuko admitted that she did not miss her husband at all.

Most of these women end up working in the fields. See and discover other items: I thought of Col.

Topics Fiction The Observer. I have often read polls that consider FDR to be one of the greatest American presidents, and while it’s understandable that Attiic think so, it’s often bewildering from the outside.

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Tthe 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. It was interesting at first, and as a literary device to impart large amounts of information, could have been effective.

We lost weight and grew thin. Gradually, the remnants of the Japanese were jluie out of their memories as if they never really lived there or had any part in their lives. After studying art as an undergraduate at Yale University she pursued a career as a painter for several years before turning to fiction writing at age Would I have had the courage to sail off to a foreign land and a strange husband at such a young age? T his is a small jewel of a book, its planes cut precisely to catch the light so that the sentences shimmer in your mind long after turning the final page.


When the Emperor was Divine. Lists with This Book. The style is evocative of, perhaps, the repetition found in Native American poems and song.

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Add to Cart Add to Cart. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. When they had to abandon their houses due to wartime measures, …more The Buddha was a symbol of the religion that these women brought from Japan with them.

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 for a “better” life for themselves and, in some cases, to help families left behind. How does this reflect the complexity of their relationships?

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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, 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.

They work back breaking hours on the fields, as maids in the homes of Americans as well as take care of their children and their homes. I would absolutely read another book by Julie Otsuka. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Occasionally a single voice will break through and the effect is startlingly good. It’s a page fast read.


The method described above was great for the first chapter but then started sounding like a list being read. The repetitiveness didn’t resonate with me and was distracting.

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Why do you think the author made the choice to tell the story from this perspective? Their children grow up to be more comfortable with their adopted land than their parents: The women came from all otduka Japan to sail on a steamship to meet their I read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka as part of my women’s history month lineup.

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. Having read this novel on the heels of When the Emperor was Divineit is clear that Julie Otsuka has sharpened ootsuka writing.

They took us even though we bit them.

Although there are no dominant characters, Otsuka’s brilliance is that she is able to make us care about the crowd thee because we can glimpse individual stories through the delicate layering of collective experience.

Buy the selected items together This item: They had been promised that their husbands were 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.

She lives in New York City.

Look Inside Reading Guide. Why is the novel called The Buddha in the Attic? They took us with exquisite care. Sep 16, Jessaka rated it really liked it Shelves: