When the Emperor Was Divine

by Julie Otsuka | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385721811 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingvaga-bondewing of Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on 4/6/2017
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingvaga-bondewing from Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Thursday, April 06, 2017
Explores the internment of Japanese Americans during WW2.
Very simple but moving voice.

Journal Entry 2 by wingvaga-bondewing at Washington, District of Columbia USA on Friday, May 26, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (5/27/2017 UTC) at Washington, District of Columbia USA

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for Fifna, who had this book on her wishlist.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, June 03, 2017
Thank you very much, vaga-bonde for this wishlist book! I'm really looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 4 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I enjoyed this book. I had read a little about the Japanese internment in the US in WW2, and it's an interesting subject. The style is very bare-bones, matter-of-factly almost, which reduces it purely to the story itself. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 5 by wingFifnawing at BCUK UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (9/22/2017 UTC) at BCUK UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Taking it to the Unconvention for the bookswap game.

Journal Entry 6 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, September 23, 2017
I'm glad I got this book in the book swap game. I have family in Hawaii with Japanese connections through marriage and heard about the internment of Japanese Americans.

Journal Entry 7 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
I found this incredibly sad. It reminded me a bit of the book written by Anne Frank’s sister about being a Jew in Austria. Obviously the Japanese internees were treated better by the authorities but it’s that turning against those who were once your friends and neighbours which has parallels. I found the writing style lovely. It drew me in.

I am going to offer this to JemmaJ who first stole it in the book swap game.

Journal Entry 8 by wingPoodlesisterwing at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Sunday, October 22, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (10/23/2017 UTC) at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Sending to JemmaJ who first picked this in the Book Swap game at the Loughborough Uncon. Please pass onto Snoopy56 who "stole" it from you when you've finished with it.

Journal Entry 9 by JemmaJ at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Ooh thanks Poodlesister! I will read this as quick as I can and get it posted to Snoopy56!!

Journal Entry 10 by JemmaJ at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 06, 2018
Took me a while to start this book, as I had so many books on my TRB Pile. When I did start this book, I whizzed through it. I did not really understand what was going on, but it was an interesting read!

I am just waiting for"Snoopy56" to reply to my message with their address...

Journal Entry 11 by snoopy56 at Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, August 20, 2018
Thanks Poodlesister and JemmaJ for passing this book on. I had previously read “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” which has a similar theme to this book. The issue of Japanese families living in America during WWII was not something I had previously been aware of. This short novel describes the experience of one such family very vividly including the difficulties faced after the war ended.

Journal Entry 12 by daffodil-2 at Hoveton, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, September 03, 2018
Given to me today by Snoopy56 when we met for lunch. Looks like my kind of book so will look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 13 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Friday, February 01, 2019
REVIEW:-"I enjoyed this interesting book which was written in rather a strange way, not naming the members of the family portrayed. I learnt a lot about the Japanese Americans, living in the USA, and what they endured during the Second World War. I was particularly touched by the words of the mother after the war when she said "I was afraid I might accidentally remember who I was and offend myself". A hard time to live through indeed for all involved."


I shall try to find a new good home for this book soon.

Journal Entry 14 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Friday, February 08, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (2/11/2019 UTC) at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom

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This book will be sent by post as a surprise RABCK to another bookcrosser.

To the finder:-
Welcome to bookcrossing -you have found a travelling book. Please make a journal entry now to say where you found the book in case it has been moved. Then, when you have read it, please come back and make a further entry saying whether or not you enjoyed the book and why. It is now yours to do as you like with it, pass it to a friend or just leave it somewhere different for someone else to find and help it with its' journey. Of course if you can't bear to part with it at the moment then keep it, but please let me know that you have found it. If you join bookcrossing, which is free and spam-free, you can follow the book on its' travels as you will get an email each time it changes hands, but if you prefer to remain anonymous, that's fine too. Please also say what you intend to do with the book next. Thanks for coming onto the site to let me know you have found the book.

I already have books travelling in many countries around the world-a list can be found on my bookcrossing profile.

When re-releasing this book please be aware that airports are not a good place to leave books unless they have a specific book exchange shelf or area, due to security problems, so they may well just be disposed of. Also charity shops may well discard books that have been labelled in any way and they mostly chose only the books in the very best condition
to place on their shelves and discard the rest-so another bad release option.

Journal Entry 15 by wingbookfrogsterwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 15, 2019
Received as a surprise from the lovely Daffodil-2. Thank you so much for your kindness. :-)

Journal Entry 16 by wingbookfrogsterwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, April 26, 2019
I really enjoyed this book. Otsuka's writing is beautiful, and this story was heartbreaking. I can also recommend her other novel on this topic "The Buddha in the Attic" which is one of the best pieces of writing I've ever read.

Journal Entry 17 by wingbookfrogsterwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (6/19/2019 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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And off it goes in Plum-crazy's debut novels book box!

Journal Entry 18 by jules5 at Darlington, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, June 23, 2019
Picked from the box..looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 19 by jules5 at Darlington, County Durham United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
I couldn't put this book down..the pages just flew by effortlessly. The story has been pared down but there are lines here that suddenly jump out at you-of cruelty and ill treatment that are stated matter of factly but powerful enough to make you stop and think. The main characters are nameless from the outset,foreshadowing their numbers, and it strips away their voices-their internment happened,no resistance,no protest,just taken away and returned as if their existence touched nothing and no-one. I think I'll seek out more books about this subject. Thanks for the read!

Journal Entry 20 by jules5 at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- France on Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Released 6 mos ago (7/3/2019 UTC) at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- France

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Wish granted �� Le livre rentrer en ����Happy reading!

Journal Entry 21 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The book made it to France again.
Thank you for this RABCK, Jules 5!

Journal Entry 22 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, October 19, 2019
I didn't completely adhere to the writing style, even though the matter-of-fact, emotion-free presentation was powerful. Powerful, because to present such dramatic events in this way is more stark. I have learnt things along the way. The book made me even more aware that every period has its new designated enemies and we are not immune to fall back into horrific behaviours if we are not very attentive.
The end left me a little disappointed, something was missing, it didn't feel like there was closure. It just stopped.

Journal Entry 23 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Boulogne-Billancourt, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, October 19, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (10/19/2019 UTC) at Boulogne-Billancourt, Ile-de-France France

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One of my friends is interested in reading this book.

Book well received.
R.

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