The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic 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 Franc

  • Title: The Buddha in the Attic
  • Author: Julie Otsuka
  • ISBN: 9780307700001
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago.In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the picture brides extraordinary lives, from their arduous journeyJulie 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 Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago.In 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 their 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.

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    1. I read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka as part of my women's history month lineup. A well researched, historical fictional account, Otsuka depicts life for Japanese American immigrants to California over a span of thirty years in the early 20th century. Featuring mail order brides who came to San Francisco to meet their husbands for the first time, Otsuka gives a voice to a people whose story would otherwise be lost. The women came from all over Japan to sail on a steamship to meet their [...]

    2. 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 more of their time. Some of us won't like it because the lack [...]

    3. After the first chapter of this book, I thought I had hit upon a goldmine of a book and wondered how anyone dared to rate it less than 4 stars. Otsuka draws the reader in by offering up a kaleidoscope of experiences by a flock of Japanese women clustered in the ship's steerage bound for California as mail-order brides. Lest you think this is a silly book. It is not. Here is what I liked:*Otsuka clearly has researched, read her history of Japanese emigration, interviewed obsessively to come up wi [...]

    4. This novella has the most lyrical prose I've read in a long, long time. It begins on a boat in the early 1900s, with dozens of young Japanese women who were being shipped to husbands in San Francisco to begin new lives. The women didn't know it yet, but they had been sold a bill of goods. They had been promised that their husbands were successful, handsome and rich, and that they would love living in America, but the truth is they would become migrant workers in California, and that the women mi [...]

    5. 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 through the grey masses. After all, it's the plight of one, the quest of one, the triumph of one that appeals to us - naturally, as individual and personal portrayals appeal to our innate sense of self [...]

    6. It truly boggles the mind all of the attention this book has gotten. The premise is very simple: told in the first person plural, the stories of the women who were brought over from Japan before WW2, generally to miserable lives they had not anticipated, is related. There is no story in this book, however, as it is everyone's story. So we get every variation of where they had come from, every variation of sex for the first time with their husbands, childbirth, work, raising children, interacting [...]

    7. 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 bey [...]

    8. 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. [...]

    9. The Buddha in the AtticWhat a mesmerizing reading experience this was. I don't recall reading a historical novel as emotionally intuitive and empathetic as this one in a long time.I was moved to read Buddha after watching George Takei's Ted Talk in which he describes what he and his family experienced when they were rounded up and taken to a interment camp after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.Although a work of fiction, this short novel focuses on the psychological and emotional suffering [...]

    10. تاريخ الناس البسطاء، تاريخ النساء المنسيات اللائي كن فى الباخرة مجرد أنفاس مكتومة في العالم السفليوفي العالم الجديد أصبحن مجرد حضور باهت يعملن في الحقول والبيوت وحول قوارب الصيد.قول الأمهات لبناتهن قبل الرحيل:" النساء ضعيفات لكن الأمهات قويات."يرسم بوضوح التصور الذي اعتنقت [...]

    11. A lovely poemovella. Or novellem? How would one categorize this hybrid poem-novella? Whatever its genre, it is without a doubt eloquent and unforgettable. Within this slim volume the history of 20th century Issei and Nisei - first and second generation Japanese immigrants to the western hemisphere - is told by Japanese women, who must "blend into a room", who must "be present without appearing to exist." Otsuka gives these women fearless, tender, angry, sorrowful voices and dares you to not hear [...]

    12. أحدنا كانت تحمّلهم مسؤولية كل شئ وتتمني لنفسها الموتوأخريات تعلّمن العيش دون التفكير فيهم كنا نضع كلّ قوانا فى العمليسكننا هوس قلع شعبة طفيلية أخري.أخفينا مرايانا.أقلعنا عن تسريح شعرنانسينا التجميلنسينا بوذانسينا الإله.تجمدنا من الداخلولم تتخلص قلوبنا بعد من جليدهاأظن أن [...]

    13. Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic is a beautiful collection of short stories that I will cherish and think about for a long time. I've said it before: it's often difficult to write about things that are closest to my heart, and this one is no exception.Told from the perspective of many picture brides sailing to San Francisco from their various hometowns in Japan during the early 1900s, Otsuka relates their dreams and fears in a constant stream of thought. When the brides finally arrive, each enco [...]

    14. Was für ein einzigartiger und Mitreisender Schreibstil! Das Buch hat mich von der ersten an Seite mitgerissen und ich konnte es nicht aus der Hand legen. Otsuka hat großartige Arbeit geleistet. Das Buch ist sehr interessant und ich konnte viel von diesem Buch lernen. Die Autorin schreibt nicht aus der Sicht von einer, zwei oder drei Frauen - sie lässt eine ganze Generation für sich sprechen und von ihren Wünschen, Träumen, Erfahrungen, Schicksalen uvm erzählen. Auswanderung, Heiratsvermit [...]

    15. This book was like a muffled scream. A scream that comes from the mouths of a generation. A generation, lost in time and space, of a handful of Japanese girls, women, and children who are shipped to a distant land with a distant dream. An American Dream. They were shipped from their homeland with a photograph of their husbands and a pocketful of hope for a beautiful and fulfilling life ahead: of picket fences covering a lush neatly mowed lawn in front of their wooden A-frame houses. They really [...]

    16. بوذا في العالم السفلي هذه قصة بلا أبطال، كتبت بضمير الجمع لتعبر في البداية عن ملحمة النسوة اليابانيات وهن يتركن بلادهن ليصلن إلى أمريكا كزوجات للرجال اليابانيين المهاجرين، ولكن الضمير يتوسع مع الوقت ليضم المجتمع الياباني في أمريكا في مرحلة تاريخية مهمة قبيل الحرب العالمية [...]

    17. I adored When the Emperor Was Divine and was looking forward to this next book. There was a time when it seemed that all I was reading was about the plight of Japanese Americans during WWII. Another shameful part of American history. Otsuka didn't add anything new, but her writing is so eloquent that emotions and heartache were bleeding from the pages. The downfall for me was the style of telling this story. The repetitiveness didn't resonate with me and was distracting. I would absolutely read [...]

    18. What a fabulous read!!! From the journey from Japan to San Francisco of Japanese mail-order brides to the onset of Japanese Americans sent off to internment camps during WWII, I was spellbound by Julie Otsuka's "The Buddha in the Attic." Narrated from first person plural and told from the POV of a group of women, this is a powerful story, for it allows the reader to see multiple perspectives yet still see the women as individuals. This would be a terrific selection for a book club.

    19. A novel, without characters, with a non-fictional theme, but with a timeline, recollects the true events of a group of Japanese young women's immigration to America. They are caught up in a marriage scam of agents seeking wives for Japanese migrant workers who pose as wealthy businessmen in the initial plan, living the American dream. The book is divided into different historical sections, starting with the young girls' journey on the ship, through their disappointing discovery of the truth, and [...]

    20. Otsuka's story of the Japanese picture brides of the early 20th century is an unusual novella, written from the perspective of the group "we", the multiple experiences of the women who came to America for a "better" life for themselves and, in some cases, to help families left behind. The style is evocative of, perhaps, the repetition found in Native American poems and song. Here it isn't so much repetition as the format of lists of expectations, fears and experiences. Amazing. And this also mak [...]

    21. Buddha in the Attic is a fictionalised account of the Japanese picture brides who arrived at San Francisco in hope of a better life than the one's the had left, a life better than the ones that their mothers had Were they still walking three steps behind our fathers on the streets with their arms full of packages while our fathers carried nothing at allOnce in the USA, many had been cheated. Their husbands were older and poorer than their photographs suggested, even the letters they sent were wr [...]

    22. As with most short stories or novellas, this almost 'prose-poem' of a book is probably best if you can read it straight through, in this case, to get the full effect of its incantatory prose. Though it's mostly told in first-person plural, it reminded me of the style of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, another treatment where what seems like 'just' a list of things is so much more. It does what I feel literature does better than 'knowing the facts': reminding us, showing us, that behind th [...]

    23. A chorus of narrators – the “we” tense – is not the easiest voice to pull off. Julie Otsuka adroitly uses the tense to great effect in her latest book, The Buddha in the Attic. It’s a searing insight into an entire community of innocent and naïve Japanese women who arrived in California after World War I, with dreams of their new American life that would soon be cruelly shattered.Each of these women – whatever fate decrees for her – is also connected to the larger body of the sist [...]

    24. When I first read the Kindle preview of this, I decided I probably wouldn't like it because it felt like a "book club book," meaning a little light for my tastes. Having actually sat down and read it, I still dislike it, but for different reasons. The second sentence of the novel: "We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall." This voice is not just for the set-up of the book, like I'd originally thought. No. Throughout the entire novel, Otsuka maintains this impersonal " [...]

    25. Pomalo nabacano na momente, ali sve u svemu izuzetno dirljivo i dobro napisano delo, gotovo poetično u svojoj jednostavnosti. Opčinjava lakoća i delimična ravnodušnost koja provejava kroz opise teških sudbina; upravo to što im se ne pristupa senzacionalistički, na eksplozivan i melodramatičan način, već tiho i polako, ali postojano, čini lepotu ovog romana.Sve u svemu, solidne 3.5 zvezdice.

    26. «The Buddah in the Attic»Un piccolo gioiello di centoquaranta pagine. All'inizio un mormorio sommesso, voci che si accostano l'una all'altra, alcune disilluse, alcune timide, altre ricche di speranza.Poi il mormorio diventa coro, pensieri che all'unisono si sovrappongono, si spingono, si strattonano quasi. Alcuni gioiosi, altri timorosi, altri ancora rabbiosi, spaventati, smarriti, delusi. Ogni tanto una voce, un assolo che ricorda a noi che leggiamo, a noi che ascoltiamo, che quel coro è fat [...]

    27. I don't believe that I have ever read a book that was written like this, one that is written in the collective "We" and "They." So creative, lyrical, and heartbreaking. So much is said in so short of a read. They were Japanese mail order brides of almost a century ago that believed that they were coming to a good life in America, even to good husbands. They also believed that they would make good wives for they knew how to cook, to sew, to make tea, and to please. They brought trunks filled with [...]

    28. A narrative about the experience of Japanese women in the 1920s-40s who came to the USA as "mail-order brides" for Japanese men. The writing style of Otsuka will probably polarize readers. Many may find it just a "book of lists" covering every possible experience encountered by those women as they try to make California their home. Others may find the shifting in narrative voice among women and groups of women confusing or disconcerting. For me, the concentrated way in which Otsuka conveyed a we [...]

    29. " هم يستوردون هؤلاء البنات من اليابان لتوفير أيد عاملة مجانية " هذا الأقتباس يوضح كل الرواية ، ألي تتحدث عن اليابانيات ألواتي تم بيعهن من قِبل أبائهن للأمريكان ، و بهذا تزوجن لِتعملن ليل نهار .الرواية تبدي قبل الحرب الأمريكي الياباني و قبل قصف هيروشيما ، و بعدها تبدي الحرب . ال [...]

    30. This is one of those books that is difficult to put into any category because it encompasses various. One of those books where if someone told you what the author was planning to do you would think to yourself that there's no way it could be done or if it was done, there's no way anyone would read it past the first page. The book is written in the third person plural. "On the boat we were mostly virgins. We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall." The book violates the [...]

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