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The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
The Buddha in the Attic
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For FictionNational Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistA New York Times Notable BookA gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as... show more
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For FictionNational Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistA New York Times Notable BookA gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307744425 (0307744426)
ASIN: 0307744426
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it
5.0 The Buddha in the Attic
This was breathtakingly beautiful; almost poetic in the way it was written. It was heartwrenching and made me very sad. I don't think there is a way for me to describe this book other than to say you must read it. You feel completely immersed in their world. You struggle with them, ache with (an...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
5.0 THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC
Japanese women come to the US as brides. What they find is not what was promised in the letters and photos they received. They have to reconcile themselves to the lives they now lead. I liked the sparseness and starkness of the prose. There were no characters per se but the group as a character. The...
Adriana Reads
Adriana Reads rated it
4.0 The Buddha in the Attic
3 1/2 stars, rounded up.This is the second book I've read in almost as many weeks that employs an odd sort of narrative style. And as in the earlier book I read like this, it's a good thing it's short, because this style would not have held my attention very much longer. It is told in the first pe...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
4.5 The Buddha in the Attic
I enjoyed this book very much. I read it in one sitting. My full review is posted here.
nataliya
nataliya rated it
4.0 'The Buddha in the Attic' by Julie Otsuka: The power of 'we'
In this slim, delicate, lyrical novel Julie Otsuka unflinchingly and confidently does something that really is not supposed to work for Western readers, those bred in the culture of stark individualism and raised in a society where it's traditional to expect a bright spark of individuality shining t...
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