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The Buddha in the Attic de Julie Otsuka
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The Buddha in the Attic (original: 2011; edição: 2012)

de Julie Otsuka

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Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.
Membro:Atsa
Título:The Buddha in the Attic
Autores:Julie Otsuka
Informação:Anchor (2012), Paperback, 144 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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The Buddha in the Attic de Julie Otsuka (2011)

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    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet de Jamie Ford (Usuário anônimo, SqueakyChu)
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    Limelite: Not about the Japanese immigration experience, but set in San Francisco in the late 19th C., this novel evokes Chinatown and the impact Chinese and Americans had on each other depicted in a tightly personal experience. Readers will find common themes -- racism, struggle, isloation -- as in Otsuka's novella.… (mais)
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Summer 2021 pandemic resurgence/Delta variant read. The content of this was interesting, but the style of writing, listing all options, was not my style of reading. ( )
  bookczuk | Sep 5, 2021 |
If Walt Whitman had been female writing about Japanese Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, this would have been that book.

It was an interesting read. This is no protagonist. It is truly plural. All the way through. Try the "peek inside" and choose whether you want to read the whole book.

I nearly quit twice, but found myself drawn back to the story in spite of the peculiar form. It is a sad story, but a good book. Well worth reading. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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 required reading in high school in some places, as it should be. This book is even more 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. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
I get what Otsuka is trying to do here, which is why I'm giving this four stars even though I want to rate it lower. I am personally annoyed by the second-person "We" perspective and by lists-as-novels, and this novel unfortunately does both! Otsuka is so skilled at writing spare prose that encompasses so much in so little space (like in the beautifully done [b:When the Emperor Was Divine|764073|When the Emperor Was Divine|Julie Otsuka|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1368314069s/764073.jpg|2592921]), and this is no exception. I understand that she switches from the "We" and slowly moves into the individuals (or gives pieces of them within the "We" storytelling that takes up most of the novel). I also recognize that this gradual shift may even be attributed to the women slowly becoming accustomed to American ways of thinking and of perceiving the individual. All that to me is brilliant, separate from my own annoyances with the style itself (which may reveal more about my own American ways of thinking than it does about Otsuka). At the same time, I feel like the other potential "We" groups in the novel - i.e., the non-Japanese non-immigrant non-women, etc.--are NOT treated with the same subtlety and nuance as the women themselves, which seems like a bit of an oversight that, again, may or may not be deliberate. :P ( )
  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
it lagged a little at the end but the beginning is killer ( )
  boredgames | Jan 25, 2021 |
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This passage may give a clue as to how Julie Otsuka's book is to be read. She calls it a novel. It is closely and carefully based on factual history/ies. There are novelistically vivid faces, scenes, glimpses, voices, each for a moment only, so you cannot linger anywhere or with anyone. Information is given, a good deal of it, in the most gracefully invisible manner; and history is told. Yet the book has neither a novel's immediacy of individual experience, nor the broad overview of history. The tone is often incantatory, and though the language is direct, unconvoluted, almost without metaphor, its true and very unusual merit lies, I think, in that indefinable quality we call poetry.....I am sorry that after it, in the last chapter, she suddenly changes her narrative mode and ceases to follow her group of women. The point of view changes radically and "we" suddenly are the whites: "The Japanese have disappeared from our town."
 
Narrated in the first-person plural, The Buddha in the Attic is a slight, but powerfully moving piece of prose. It tells the story of a group of Japanese mail-order brides, from their journey to America, through marriage, work, childbirth and motherhood, until they and their entire communities are rounded up at the beginning of the war....Some might find the plurality of voice troubling, suggesting that it does little to restore individual identities to those whom history has forgotten, but I would argue the opposite. A host of individual characters and experiences crystallise as families and communities take root
 
But the book’s plural voice is particularly effective at capturing their long, giddy conversations on the ship as they wonder if American men really grow hair on their chests, put ­pianos in their front parlors and dance “cheek to cheek all night long” with their lucky wives....But no story in the conventional sense ever develops, and no individuals emerge for more than a paragraph....Had we known them as full individuals — as real and diverse and distinct — we couldn’t have whisked them away to concentration camps in the desert. A great novel should shatter our preconceptions, not just lacquer them with sorrow.
 

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