The Buddha in the Attic (Pen/Faulkner Award - Fiction)

by Julie Otsuka | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780307744425 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 1/15/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I picked this up unregistered at the Boston BookCrossing meetup a few months ago. There is a lovely retired couple who attends because of their love of discussing and sharing books, but they aren't BookCrossers so none of their contributions have a BCID.

This is outstanding writing. Simple prose, yet so powerful. Repetition in the opening words of paragraphs in some chapters worked well. This novel was also unusual in that it's basically told in the first person plural. It's about a group, not so much about individuals. That adds to the power. Recommended!

I haven't read the earlier book by Ms. Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine, but will definitely look out for it now!

National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book

A 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (1/22/2015 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


On its way to spoiledrotten via the US/Canada Wishlist-tag game. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 3 by spoiledrotten at Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Monday, January 26, 2015
Thanks so much for sending this my way, I look forward to reading it!

05/08/15. Wow what a powerful book! I agree with everything that eponine38 said about this book. It is quite unforgettable and the writing is captivating. Thanks so much for sharing this with me!

Journal Entry 4 by spoiledrotten at Paramus, New Jersey USA on Monday, January 16, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (1/18/2017 UTC) at Paramus, New Jersey USA


Time to clean off the shelves and since I cannot find an active bookcrosser wishing for this book I will donate it to the Goodwill Store.

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