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

by Julie Otsuka | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0307744426 Global Overview for this book
Registered by over-the-moon of Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on 4/1/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by over-the-moon from Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Friday, April 1, 2016
Bought at Ex Nihilo, lovely caressable cover.

Journal Entry 2 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Hoping to read this during my journey to Birmingham so I can use it in the bookswap game.

Later: just remembered that I have to review this. I did manage to read it on my journey.

A ship carries a group of Japanese women to a new life in America in the early 20th century. They are going to meet their future husbands in San Francisco, men chosen from photos, which of course turn out to be 20 years out of date. We see them arrive and settle down, discover this strange new country, learn the language, work, have children. We do not get to know just one or two of them, but all of them, as a group - we hear their voices one after the other, all bearing witness. The style is odd but somehow it works, resulting in something very poetic and poignant. I learned a lot, as I had no idea of this particular wave of immigration. All these women looking for a better life... did they have regrets? I wonder if any found happiness.


Adding a footnote to this: yesterday (Nov 6) I went to the theatre with another bookcrosser, Ydam21, to see this book performed as a play (in French) - well actually more of a monologue, apart from the epilogue. The title in French was Certaines n'avaient jamais vu la mer - Some of them had never seen the sea, and I would never have guessed it was this book if I hadn't looked it up and recognized the name of the author. The play was brilliant, with a very sober backdrop of bamboo sticks, a chair, and black earth scattered over a big sheet of paper. I was amazed at the actress's memory: she recited almost all of the book, with just one reading and some recorded voices for variety. And such poise. Very moving. (Note for self: adaptation du texte : Antoine Jaccoud // mise en scène et scénographie : Francy Schori // avec : Françoise Boillat // espace sonore : Olivier Gabus // chorégraphie : Iris Heitzinger // costumes : Isa Boucharlat // maquillages : Faustine De Montmollin // lumière et technique : Antoine Marchon)

Journal Entry 3 by Bagmaker at 2016 Uncon Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, September 26, 2016
Won in the Book Swap game.

Journal Entry 4 by Bagmaker at 2016 Uncon Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A touching and poignant tale of the experiences of a group of Japanese "photo wives" in the USA through the first half of the 20th Century. Their experiences are as different as they are, and are told in a group voice which turns prose to poetry. Surprisingly easy to read given the unusual form, and a book that deserves a wide audience.

I shall send it to my cousin, who I feel sure will appreciate it, and when it comes back to me it will go to someone who has it on their wishlist.

Journal Entry 5 by Bagmaker at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Released 7 yrs ago (10/5/2016 UTC) at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom

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Going to my (non-BC) cousin. When I get it back, it will go on to someone else who will appreciate it...

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