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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In a devastating chapter entitled “First Night”, Otsuka recounts the physical consummation of these new relationships. Get to Know Us.

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

Are there particular images you found especially powerful? Otsuka masterfully creates a chorus of the attci voices that echo throughout the chambers of this slim but commanding novel, speaking of a time that no American should ever forget. Neben den offensichtlichen Informationen, die mir diese Geschichte gegeben hat, konnte man so viel zwischen den Zeilen lesen und ich war komplett in dem Buch gefangen und habe auf jeder einzelnen Seite mit den Frauen mitgefiebert.

I’m giving it two stars instead of one because the bit of information that Otskka was able to glean from the endless lists was interesting and kept me going. 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. Their hands were rough and their faces sun burnt. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Each sentence is its own little story, and it’s so rich and visual that I was utterly absorbed in the prose. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What is the significance of attoc Buddha laughing in the attic?

Some of us will like the book. Lest you think this is a silly book.

What a fabulous read!!! How are they perceived by their husbands? Otsuka winds a thread of despair throughout the book, haunting the reader at every chapter. Their assets would be seized, their accounts frozen. Return to Book Page. We forgot about God. Not only are these women subjected to the abuse of racism, but to that from their family as well. As counter-intuitive as that sounds, this serves to personalize the story because as we read along, we are left with the sense that anyone of them could’ve been anyone of us.

Somewhere along the time line, when WE entered the promises of OUR own picket fences and small businesses, this piece of history captured me. The women didn’t know it yet, but they had been sold a bill of goods.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – review

Even the subject matter is daring. Some of us won’t like it because of the total lack of any charachter development, since there are no actual ‘characters’ in the book. Still, they gave us ghe hard time. Gradually, the remnants of the Japanese were faded out of their memories as if they never really lived there or had any part in their lives.


Trivia About The Buddha in the Sometimes, the book sounds like research rather than a novel. This work could have taken on some definable shape to capture the weight of the tale she wishes to tell.

The Buddha in the Attic

However, and apart from the repetitious annoyances mentioned above, the beautiful prose of this book is outstanding. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. And when you are prepared to follow the voices buddya the internment camps, the book leads you instead into the ptsuka of people in the towns left wondering where the Japanese have gone to.

Master Harold and the Boys: Otsuka often degrades the FPP to simplified lists that encapsulate generic experiences that are alienating and lose sight of the reader’s empathy and patience. Yet, these women, and their husbands, endured in hopes that their children would have a better life than the one they toiled at.

Why do you otsuia the author made the choice to tell the story from this perspective? Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. This is not a criticism of what it does, because it seems to me that this is exactly what it intends to be, given the acknowledgement page.

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