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    READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka 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 th

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    READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka 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 flo

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    Free read The Buddha in the Attic READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka 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 o

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    Free read The Buddha in the Attic READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka Summary ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Julie Otsuka 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 uest of one the triumph of one that appeals to us natura

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    READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka 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

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    Summary ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Julie Otsuka READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka 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 sto

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    READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka Julie Otsuka ☆ 8 Download 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 thei

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    READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka “Because the only way to resist our husbands had taught us was by not resisting” ― Julie Otsuka The Buddha in the AtticI read entirely too much white male fiction I know this It is familiar and available Abundant even It is everywhere So I'm trying to reach beyond my normal boundaries Read minority voice

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    READ (The Buddha in the Attic) Author Julie Otsuka All of us are readers Some of us made the journey to the library by walking by bicycling by bus and others clicked a button on a screen Several of us paid good money for the book hoping praying that it wouldn't be a disappointment Most could afford it but some could not and what a tragedy that would be Some of us heard good things others picked it up on a whim Pretty cover ran through some of our heads In Canada Austria Japan Kyot

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Ozens of oung Japanese women who were being shipped to husbands in San Francisco to begin new lives The women didn t know it Introduction to Type and Leadership 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 b 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 Lestou think this is a silly book It is not Here is what I likedOtsuka clearly has researched read her history of Japanese emigration interviewed obsessively to come up with detail words put in the women s mouths etcBy writing the book as she did with Some of us We etc the reader can t help identify with this large group of women therefore offering the reader some scope of how much and how many of these women sufferedOtsuka does a wonderful job of spanning the extremes of the women s experience on the boat in California as new brides to men they didn t know working for White folks having children and ultimately imprisoned in camps during World War II The reader can t help gleaning the fact that each experienced these events differentlyNow the flip side Otsuka clearly has researched read her history of Japanese emigration interviewed obsessively to come up with detail words put in the women s mouths etcSometimes the book sounds like research rather than a novel It felt at times like the author didn t want to let go of a single detail While informative it became monotonous By writing the book as she did with Some of us We etc the reader can t help identify with this large group of women therefore offering the reader some scope of how much and how many of these women sufferedThe method described above was great for the first chapter but then started sounding like a list being read I began to earn to know what happened in just 3 4 of the ladies lives not a short sentence or two for each one particularly when there were so many people to tell about Which brings up another issue I never connected with any of these ladies since they were all intended to be representative of many ladies in similar situations Otsuka does a wonderful job of spanning the extremes of the women s experience on the boat in California as new brides to men they didn t know working for White folks having children and ultimately imprisoned in interment camps during World War II The reader can t help gleaning the fact that each experienced these events differentlyThis brings me to my conclusion I think if Otsuka would have stuck to her original chapter narrated as it is it would have been doubly powerful because the style loses steam as it goes i think this is why it is such a short book but it is still too long to maintain the method used If the remaining chapters could have been devoted to 3 4 ladies stories and then concluded with a short chapter in the same style as the first chapter from the outsiders view it would have been 5 star material IMHO25 stars 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 ears 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 husbands While huddled and seasick in the ship s hold these women formed instant friendships that they hoped would last once they reached America Hoping that life in America would It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels yield a better future than that as a rice farmer the women asoung as twelve willingly left behind their families for husbands they only saw in photographsLife in America according to Otsuka was not the American dream depicted in letters The issei first generation Japanese immigrants worked backbreaking jobs as migrant farmers If they didn t farm they became maids or washerwoman The women who were rejected by either these jobs or their new husbands turned to prostitution The Japanese were lumped with African Americans Mexicans Chinese and other immigrants as people of color and were forced to do jobs that caucasians would not do As this was during the Jim Crow era they also got paid meager earnings for working backbreaking jobs Yet these women and their husbands endured in hopes that their

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would have better life than the one they toiled at Although slim in length Otsuka places this story in a larger historical context by focusing on placing the Japanese in internment camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor The issei and their nissei second generation American children were viewed as the enemies of the people Placed on lists and rounded up in the middle of the night they were taken away for the duration of the war They packed slim suitcases and left behind valuables even heirlooms such as the Buddha left behind in an attic The government did not differentiate between the Japanese overseas and American citizens about to enter Stanford as their high school valedictorian Despite being briefly mentioned I was most moved by this sectionJulie Otsuka has earned an Asian American Literature Prize for her writing Buddha in the Attic is a small volume but touches on a key 20th century historical event I wished that Otsuka would have gone in depth in telling the stories of women who trekked across an ocean to meet husbands who they might not be compatible with Using telling "language Otsuka creates a poignant prose I would be interested in reading her other novel and I rate the "Otsuka creates a poignant prose I would be interested in reading her other novel and I rate the Buddha in the Attic a solid 375 stars 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 of their time Some of us won t like it because the lack of an actual plot or timeline Some of us won t like it because of the total lack of any charachter development since there are no actual characters in the book Some of us don t like the title some of us find the title intriguing and for that I am grateful to the author Some of us find this topic interesting and wish the book could have shown me about. 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

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Very striking shift at the end that gives the arc some meaning But truly there is no actual story here There are no characters there is no personality other than the author s as seen in her lyricism this is no novel It is a passage excerpted from a history book titled the struggles of Japanese women in the new world and puffed up with fancy prose This is not a criticism of what it does because it seems to me that this is exactly what it intends to be given the acknowledgement pageSo if Corinna, A-Maying the Apocalypse you want this prettified history this book is perfect Ifou wanted a novel that attempts to do than catalog with a poetic touch Programmable Microcontrollers with Applications you re out of luck completely 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 reuired reading in high school in some places as it should be This book is even 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 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 uest of one the triumph of one that appeals to us naturally as individual and personal portrayals appeal to our innate sense of self make us connect in a way most of us do not when faced with a collective reflected uite well in every story every film every charity poster that brings out the individual behind the masses appeals to the personal spark inside of usBut to uote Terry Pratchett of course I would Personal s not the same as important People just think it isIn The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka breaks the convention of bringing a personal individual story to the forefront Instead she chooses to focus on the collective set of experiences the collective story of a mass the voices of many On the boat we were mostly virgins We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall Some of us had nothing but rice gruel asoung girls and had slightly bowed legs and some of us were only fourteen The Big Book of Losers: Pathetic but True Tales of the World's Most Titanic Failures! (Factoid Books) years old and were stilloung girls ourselves Come Japanese That night our new husbands took us uickly They took us calmly They took us gently but firmly and without saying a word They assumed we were the virgins the matchmakers have promised them we were and they took us with exuisite care Now let me know if it hurts They took us flat on our backs on the bare floor of the Minute Motel They took us downtown in second rate rooms at the Kumamoto Inn They took us in the best hotels in San Francisco that a ellow man could set foot in at the time First NightThere is no traditional story no traditional plot no individual well defined and developed characters Instead there are only we the intertwined voices of many Japanese picture brides spanning "the time between coming to America the land of promise in the 1920s until the relocation to the internment camps in "time between coming to America the land of promise in the 1920s until the relocation to the internment camps in 1940s Because if our husbands had told us the truth in their letters they were not silk traders they were fruit pickers they did not live in large many roomed houses they lived in tents and in barns and out of doors in the fields beneath the sun and the stars we never would have come to America to do the work that no self respecting American would do Whenever we left J town and wandered through the broad clean streets of their cities we tried not to draw attention to ourselves We dressed like they did We walked like they did We made sure not to travel in large groups We made ourselves small for them If ou stay in Un lieu incertain your place they ll leaveou alone and did our best not to offend Still they gave us a hard time Whites No individual figures or stories ever appear instead there are bits and pieces of everyone s fates weaving together in the tapestry of a common shared experience encompassing many strands of uniue potentialities that can create a true picture only when woven together the way single pencil strokes come together to create a breathtaking sketch Devoured in its entirety in a single sitting it reads almost like a poem in prose crisp and clear deceptive in its simplicity full of imagery that will stay to haunt Starman The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin you for a while Etsuko was given the name Esther by her teacher Mr Slater on her first day of school It s his mother s name she explained To which we replied So isours The ChildrenThis book is not for ou if ou need a defined character to identify with when reading a story It is not for Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC you ifou looking for a clear traditional plot It is not for Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you ifou need closure for the stories The Summer I Wasn't Me you read But ifou are looking for the understated almost poetics in its lyricism narrative that does its best to unite the strands of individual experiences most of the time lyricism narrative that does its best to unite the strands of individual experiences most of the time frustratingly hinted at into a canvas meant to represent the experiences of a greater whole then Khaiye Aur Vajan Ghataiye you may have found a perfect little volume forou in this sparse but touching little novel A startled cat dove under a bed in one of our houses as looters began to break down the front door Curtains ripped Glass shattered Wedding dishes smashed to the floor And we knew it would only be a matter of time until all traces of us were gone Traitors And after a while we notice ourselves speaking of them and in the past tense Some days we forget they were ever with us although late at night they often surface unexpectedly in our dreams And in the morning when we wake try as might to hang on to them they do not linger long in our dreams All we know is that the Japanese are out there somewhere in one place or another and we shall probably not meet them again in this world A Disappearance 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 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. All of us are readers Some of us made the journey to the library by walking by bicycling by bus and others clicked a button on a screen Several of us paid good money for the book hoping praying that it wouldn t be a disappointment Most could afford it but some could not and what a tragedy that would be Some of us heard good things others picked it up on a whim Pretty cover ran through some of our heads In Canada Austria Japan Kyoto Oakland the very places mentioned in the book Some of us loved the book others liked it well enough Several couldn t stand the style and may not even have finished reading it Others finished it simply for the satisfaction of leaving a negative review but they are certainly the exception Because the only way to resist our husbands had taught us was by not resisting Julie Otsuka The Buddha in the AtticI read entirely too much white male fiction I know this It is familiar and available Abundant even It is everywhere So I m trying to reach beyond my normal boundaries Read minority voices listen to another story Otherwise what good is fictionJulie Otsuka s little novella was uick It checks in at 124 pages or so But it sticks with Tales from a Pilots Logbook you It carriesou It doesn t have one narrator but a chorus of Japanese woman who immigrated to America in the early 20th century as mail order brides for Japanese laborers in California She follows this beautiful and tragic chorus of woman through a new country a new culture new husbands work loneliness work marriage work children work racism and eventually the FDR s Japanese Concentration Camps of WWII Executive Order 9066Newly married living in Utah I traveled to Delta Utah with my wife and walked around the Topaz War Relocation Center It was haunting The images of dust and isolation came back to me 25 ears later as I read this book It was written in 2011 but seems to warn us against the fear we seem to always have of the other Mexicans Muslims Japanese blacks etc We cage them because we don t recognize they are us One of the lines that struck me the most from this short book was on page 124 It was the mayor of a California town speaking after the Japanese have been hauled away Some of the words however came from a speech by Donald Rumsfeld in October of 2001 before Guantanamo was a household word before kids in cages before black sites and waterboarding became associated with America There will be some things that people will see he tells us And there will be some things that people won t see These things happen And life goes onCertainly life will go on but Otsuka s haunting prose her beautiful narrative mantras the pulsing rhythm of her Japanese chorus of women her FPP anonymous narrators will all haunt me for a long time Although a completely different book I was reminded several times while reading this novella of O Brien s The Things They Carried 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 Otsuka s placing of voices side by side while speaking in a communal we evokes a tribal plurality sometimes conjoining sometimes contrasting with the wonderful feel of conjuring the women into life by incantation With no characters or plot the book might be classified a prose poem I can almost see it used in poetry slam readings Or in a stage production But as the piece already the structures of harmonious and dissonant themes set into movements it would take a genius to get the music for a theater version just rightJust when the format of we this and we that starts to feel constraining a new chapter alights that opens the door to another fascinating realm And when ou are prepared to follow the voices into the internment camps the book leads ou instead into the perspective of people in "the towns left wondering where the Japanese have gone to I "towns left wondering where the Japanese have gone to I likely follow Otsuka into a story of the camp experience with her When the Emperor was Divine The best way to convey to potential readers whether they would like this book is to share her seven chapter titles with the two brief and artfully engaging lines she begins each with Come Japanese On the boat we were mostly virgins We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall First NightThat night our husbands took us uickly They took us calmly WhitesWe settled on the edges of their towns when they would let us And when they would not Do not let sundown find ou in this county their signs sometimes said we traveled on BabiesWe Do not let sundown find And the Ass Saw the Angel you in this county their signs sometimes said we traveled on BabiesWe birth under oak trees in summer in 113 degree heat We gave birth beside woodstoves in one room shacks on the coldest nights of theear TraitorsThe rumors began to reach us on the second day of the war There was talk of a list Some people being taken away in the middle of the night Last DaySome of us left weeping And some of us left singing A few of us left drunk A DisappearanceThe Japanese have disappeared from our town Their houses are boarded up and empty now Many of these girls and women eventually adapted to their hard transition some met with madness or death in childbirth or in other ways They struggled with work in cities and fields Most kept to themselves in separate communities such as the many Japantowns in cities But when Their Children Went To American children went to American the loss of traditional ways in the melting pot was almost inevitable Having to bow to the internment was especially tragic for a people trying so hard to be American The book was a moving and wonderful window for me image error 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 with Americans etc it is a sad life and a hard one for almost everyone involved with only moments of joy and happiness smothered by work and misery and mistreatmentThe book is certainly beautifully written There is a lyricism that is touching some phrasing of ideas that is striking some chuckle worthy ignorance about white people that mirrors the ignorance of white people about Japanese and so on There is also 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 oung women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century agoIn eight incantatory sections The Buddha in the. ,
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