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REVIEW å The Buddha in the Attic ë [Ebook] ➣ The Buddha in the Attic Author Julie Otsuka – Julie Otsuka’s long awaited follow up to When the Emperor Was Divine is a tour de force of economy and precision a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Fran in the PDF In the PDF #199 Julie Otsuka’s long awaited follow up to When the Emperor Was Divine is a tour de force The Buddha MOBI #10003 of economy and precision a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Buddha in the PDFEPUB #228 Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century agoIn. Some of us will like the book Some of us won't Some of us will find the constant plural first person narrative terribly annoying wondering if any group of people can be so cohesive and 'one' that they can always speak in unison no matter the topic Some of us can't wait to discuss it with our friends on Saturday Some of us will cancel their RSVP to this week's book club because the last thing they want to do is give this book any of their time Some of us won't like it because the lack of an actual plot or timeline 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 Some of us don't like the title some of us find the title intriguing and for that I am grateful to the author Some of us find this topic interesting and wish the book could have shown me about this hideous time period in our nation's history Some of us have abandoned this book some of us are glad it is over and are moving on to the next book on the shelf and some of us will give Julie Otsuka another chance and read her best seller When the Emporer was Divine


Eight incantatory sections The Buddha in the Attic traces the picture brides’ extraordinary lives from their arduous journey by boat where they exchange photographs of their husbands imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives to th. My father served in World War 2 Korea and Viet Nam He never really talked too much about any of these wars When we talked about World War 2 the only thing he said was that the American Government's treatment of Japanese Americans was one of the most shameful things we had ever done as a nation at least in his life time He was sickened every time he thought of it While he was alive one of his good friends was another retired Colonel named Yamamoto who served with him in World War 2 and beyond which probably accounts for how deeply he felt about this topic I thought of Col Yamamoto and his his son my friend David when I read this book as I did when I read When The Emperor Was Divine which I have heard is now reuired reading in high school in some places as it should be This book is even moving and important The Buddha in the Attic cuts even deeper going beyond the politics of the time or the politics of fear and gets to the very core of who we are as people not just as a country What we value and what we fear Whether we are Japanese or of any other ethnicity the dark and very personal stories in this book speak to all of us and they probably always will

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The Buddha in the AtticEir backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture to their experiences in childbirth and then as mothers raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history to the deracinating arrival of war. This short 100 page read felt to me like riding in a human river and feeling magically a part of it 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 Though the women voice many different responses to the challenges they faced they go through similar stages in the transformation of their hopes and dreams to the new realities of their life in America Otsuka’s placing of voices side by side while speaking in a communal “we” evokes a tribal plurality sometimes conjoining sometimes contrasting with the wonderful feel of conjuring the women into life by incantation With no characters or plot the book might be classified a prose poem I can almost see it used in poetry slam readings Or in a stage production 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 rightJust when the format of “we this” and “we that” starts to feel constraining a new chapter alights that opens the door to another fascinating realm 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 I will likely follow Otsuka into a story of the camp experience with her “When the Emperor was Divine”The best way to convey to potential readers whether they would like this book is to share her seven chapter titles with the two brief and artfully engaging lines she begins each with Come Japanese On the boat we were mostly virgins We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall First NightThat night our husbands took us uickly They took us calmly WhitesWe settled on the edges of their towns when they would let us And when they would not—Do not let sundown find you in this county their signs sometimes said—we traveled on BabiesWe gave birth under oak trees in summer in 113 degree heat We gave birth beside woodstoves in one room shacks on the coldest nights of the year TraitorsThe rumors began to reach us on the second day of the war There was talk of a list Some people being taken away in the middle of the night Last DaySome of us left weeping And some of us left singing A few of us left drunk A DisappearanceThe Japanese have disappeared from our town Their houses are boarded up and empty now Many of these girls and women eventually adapted to their hard transition; some met with madness or death in childbirth or in other ways They struggled with work in cities and fields Most kept to themselves in separate communities such as the many Japantowns in cities But when their children went to American schools the loss of traditional ways in the melting pot was almost inevitable Having to bow to the internment was especially tragic for a people trying so hard to be American The book was a moving and wonderful window for me image error