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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The reader can’t help gleaning the fact that each experienced these events differently.

To ask other readers questions about The Buddha in the Atticplease sign up. I hope I haven’t made the atticc sound gloomy.

They atric ill from the long voyage at sea and desperately homesick juliw although most had been sent to America to relieve their families of financial burden; they knew their only future is before them, their only home the one they would build with their stranger-husbands.

You cannot tell an entire nation of immigrant’s experience within this POV because the individual experience will vary too greatly to be contained here.

After the first chapter of this book, I thought I had hit upon a goldmine of a book and wondered how anyone dared to rate it less than 4 stars.

Devoured in its entirety in a single sitting, it reads almost like otxuka poem in prose, crisp and clear, deceptive in its simplicity, full of imagery that will stay to haunt you for a while. How do the the dreams of the children differ from the dreams of their mothers?

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There was talk of a list. Start reading The Buddha in the Attic on your Kindle in under a minute. Buy the Audiobook Download: There is a very poignant and important story within its pages that jupie telling, however, Otsuka is incapable of balancing all the elements of the story in addition to the ambitious choice of narration. The downfall for me was the style of telling this story. 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.



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Budrha not sure if this is a novella or a series of short stories, but I savored each and every chapter. View all 3 comments. This book was like a muffled scream. I thought it began in one voice, but then shifted to a disembodied “us. The repetitiveness didn’t resonate with me and was distracting.

Though the women vanish, their words linger. Some of us don’t like the title, some of us find the title intriguing, and for that, I am grateful to the author.

The Buddha in the Attic

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Some of us came from the mountains, and had never before seen the sea, except for in atticc, and some of us were the daughters of fishermen who had been around the sea all our lives. A history lesson in heartbreak. The Japanese had homes now, their economic situation was better but after the bombing of Pearl Harbour they lived in unabating terror. Stay in Touch Sign up.

See and discover other items: So we get every variation of where they had come from, every variation of sex for the first time with their husbands, childbirth, work, raising children, interacting It truly boggles the mind all of the attention this book has gotten.

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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

There is also a very striking shift at the end that gives the arc some meaning. Why do you think the author made the choice to tell the story from this perspective? Of course, there were some who lived a decent life, keeping their heads down, speaking a few words of English all their tge, but of course that didn’t save them from being victim of xenophobia during the war.

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.

Their wedding nights were disastrous, and then they had one child after another without a doctor jlie attendance. Most of the woman were raped by their husbands as soon as they arrived and some would continue to be raped for decades to come.

Otsuka’s FPP is too broad, There are so many ways Otsuka could have tackled this concept that would have worked better. Specific, clear, multitudinous in its grasp and subtly emotional. It is a song of oral history tamed by a pen, but only just so.