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 final chapter, “A Disappearance,” is told from the point of view of the white American families left behind, who at first miss their Japanese neighbors but gradually forget about them.

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. Jilie, this is just atyic opinion, and there are many other interpretations available.

The Buddha in the Attic

This would be a terrific selection for a book club. They called us Margaret. Books with missing cover. Instead, she chooses to focus on the collective set of experiences, the collective story of a mass, the voices of many.

What we value and what we fear. But as the piece already the structures of harmonious and dissonant themes set into movements, it would take a genius to get the music for a theater version just right.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – review

If you are interested, you can watch Takei’s 15 minute Ted Talk presentation here It is still a riveting, tragic, and informative book to read. In fact, it’s whettted my appetite atric more books about the Japanese American experience at the turn of the century. Who would mend their gardens and make them look absolutely beautiful?

Mar 08, Sue rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sue by: This page was last edited on 14 June budha, at What do you think? Specific, jule, multitudinous in its grasp and subtly emotional. Quite literally, because it’s not a story of individuals told separately, but a tale of hundreds of Japanese told all at once. Haruko left a tiny laughing brass Buddha up high, in a corner of the attic, where he is still laughing to this day.


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The New York Times compares the book to “the Japanese art of sumi-e, strokes of ink are brushed across sheets of rice paper, the play of light and dark capturing not just images but sensations, not just surfaces but the essence of what lies within.

We made sure not to travel in large groups. There was talk of a list. Their husbands were older and poorer than their photographs suggested, even the letters they sent were written by professionals. Get to Know Us. Looking for More Great Reads? Their hands were rough and their faces sun burnt.

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. These woman do what they can with their lives. Hoping that life in America would yield a better future than that as a rice farmer, the women as young as twelve willingly left behind their families for husbands they only saw in photographs.

They assumed we were the virgins the matchmakers have promised them we were and they took us with exquisite care. It is told in an incantatory fashion, by a chorus of a thousand unified voices.

In what ways were the husbands useful to them or unexpectedly juie with them in these early days? Read it Forward Read it first. Discuss the passage on p.

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This book is even more moving and important. Her stories seem rooted in curiosity and a desire to understand. And this also makes it feel universal to all women, certainly all women immigrants. It’s a page fast read. The final segment of their stories ends with the onset of World War II, and the months leading up to the internment of all citizens of Japanese descent.

The Buddha in the Attic moves forward in waves of experiences, like movements in a musical composition. Some of us won’t.

Otsuka masterfully creates a chorus of the unforgettable voices that echo throughout the chambers of this slim but commanding novel, speaking of a time that no American should ever forget. 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.


The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – Reading Guide – : Books

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They took us with our white silk kimonos twisted otsua high over our heads and we were sure we were about to die. I would be interested in reading her other novel, and I rate the novella Buddha in the Attic a solid 3. But they survived, creating homes and businesses with their husbands and children, most keeping to the shelter of the local Japanese community – either by choice or by expectation – until the onset of Word War II.

I’m giving it two stars instead of one because the bit of information that I was able to glean from the endless lists was interesting and kept me burdha.

And when you are prepared to follow the voices into the internment camps, the book leads you instead into the perspective of ij in the towns left wondering where the Japanese have gone to. It is a fast page-turning read with small, tight, and self-contained sections that make it ogsuka perfect book to read buddhaa waiting rooms and when you only have a minute here and there.

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. Placed on lists and rounded up in the middle of the night, they were taken away for the duration of the war.

Within this slim volume the history of 20th century Issei and Nisei – first and second generation Japanese immigrants to the western hemisphere – is told by Japanese women, who must “blend into a room”, who must “be present without appearing to exist. Some of the women’s experiences are harrowing, some stilted, some humorous.