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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
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Jun 28, 2012

did not like it
Read in June, 2012

Maybe I am tone deaf and unable to appreciate poetry, but I didn't find this spellbinding at all, merely monotonous with its short, repetitive sentences citing the horrors the Japanese brides endured. I think this won the National Book Award, and I am wondering if the judges are so bone weary of the novel that they chose as the winner this first person plural telling with no central protagonist and its contrived artifice over all the real novels? Whatever, the good thing is it is short, only takes a couple of hours to read. Some images are haunting, as when the families must leave their homes and piles of folded clothes are left behind or alarms going off. I think Snow Falling on Cedars gives a much more compelling view of the Japanese lives in America and their WWII internment.

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