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Instead of a single, named protagonist, Otsuka writes in the first personal plural through a series of thematic chapters. What a fabulous read!!! Same principles, different war. On the boat we were mostly virgins. It does what I feel literature does better than ‘knowing the facts’: What does the author think? We forgot about God.

Instead, she chooses to focus on the collective set of experiences, the collective story of a mass, the voices of many. T his is a small jewel of a book, its planes cut precisely to catch the light so that the sentences shimmer in tosuka mind long after turning the final page.

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I would be interested in reading her other novel, and I rate the novella Buddha in the Attic a solid 3. Learn more about Amazon Prime. They bore it in silence, suffered unbelievable hardship in silence and submission, something that they had been taught by their mothers in Japan.

Sep 29, Jill rated it it was amazing Shelves: As soon as they reached shore and came across their fates, they had to immediately draw themselves out from their premonitions, their dreams, and their identities and be on their toes to succumb and submit.


Discuss the passage on p. How do the the dreams of the children differ from the dreams of their mothers? 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 women. The opening chapter sets the scene on the boat as the women make their crossing to America, clutching photos of the handsome young men they believe to be their new husbands.

Otsuka makes no distinction between them, relying on the rhythm of her words to pull the reader along.

The book gives a breathless, kaleidoscopic account of the women’s hopes and fears and the hard-working lives for which they settled. But to go back to Japan would mean being thhe. Become a fan of Julie Otsuka on Facebook Discuss the impact of this narrative decision on your reading experience.

Buddha in the Attic is a small volume but touches on a key 20th century historical event. Lists with This Book. In what ways were the husbands useful to them or unexpectedly gentle with them in these early days? Having to bow to the internment was especially tragic for a people trying so hard to be American.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. While it’s really flattering, I can’t help but cringe at the syrupy ideals. It never gets spoken about.


I was moved to read Buddha after watching George Takei ‘s Ted Talk in which he describes what he and his family experienced when they were rounded up and taken to a interment camp after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. I have often read polls that consider FDR to be one of the greatest American presidents, and while it’s understandable that Americans think so, it’s often bewildering from the outside.

Countless ships of “picture brides” arrived at docks in California from Japan not long after the end of World War I.

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Poi il mormorio diventa coro, pensieri che all’unisono si sovrappongono, si spingono, si strattonano quasi.

I don’t believe that I have ever read a book attid was written like this, one that is written in the collective “We” and “They. 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.