The Buddha in the Attic
In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the picture brides’ extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey...more
*Otsuka clearly has researched, read her history of Japanese emigration, interviewed obsessively to come up wi...more
Each of these women – whatever fate decrees for her – is also connected to the larger body of the sisterhood, women w...more
Her use of the first person plural is powerful, her simple prose, mimicking I suppose the uneducated heroins, incredibly moving.
An awesome tale of courage!
There are no individual characters; only a narrative written in first person plural "we." For instance, "We gave birth in an orchard. We gave birth behind the curtain of our husband's barber shop, holding back our cries. We gave birth and...more
Anche io come molti altri lettori non ho apprezzato al meglio i continui elenchi corali di qualsiasi argomento trattassero, consapevolmente descritti dalla scrittrice. Alla lunga l'ho trovato stancante. Gli e...more
The way in which the book is written mostly reminds me of a long conversation I had with an elderly Japanese woman in the late 90's regarding her time...more
Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic, the follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine was shortlisted for the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction 2012.
Between the first and second world wars a group of young, non-English-speaking Japanese women travelled by boat to America. They were picture brides, clutching photos of husbands-to-be whom they had yet to meet. Julie Otsuka tells their extraordinary, h
I loved Otsuka's use of the collective first person na...more
Written from the first-person-plural point of view, this story deta...more
Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic gave a voice to a group of Japanese women immigrating to the United States in the early twentieth century. While the story was a beautiful representation of the hardships these women experienced in their new lives, it left me dissatisfied. The story is written in a 1st person collative narrative. “On the boat, we often wondered: Would we like them? Would we love them? Would we recognize them from their picture when we saw them on the dock?” (3-4) everythin...more
This was a really entertaining but brief listen. Unabridged the audiobook clocked in at about four hours. What this book lacks in length it makes up for in emotion. To say it packs a wallop is truly an understatement. The complexity of emotions, of many emotions to be more accurate, was stunning.
Despite the deep emotions, the hallmark feature of this novel that will have a lasting impact on me is the narration. Told in third person plural...more
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Her first novel, When the Empe...more