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Free read Æ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ï Julie Otsuka Ight incantatory sections The Buddha in the 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 the. 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 as young girls and had slightly bowed legs and some of us were only fourteen years old and were still young 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 yellow 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 the 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 you stay in your place they'll leave you 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 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 is yours' The ChildrenThis book is not for you if you need a defined character to identify with when reading a story It is not for you if you looking for a clear traditional plot It is not for you if you need closure for the stories you read But if you 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 only frustratingly hinted at into a canvas meant to represent the experiences of a greater whole then you may have found a perfect little volume for you 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

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The Buddha in the Attic Free download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ [Reading] ➷ The Buddha in the Attic By Julie Otsuka – 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 young wome Ir backbreaking work 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 war. “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 you It carries you 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 years 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

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The Buddha in the AtticJulie Otsuka’s in the PDF #206 long awaited follow up to When the Emperor Was Divine is a tour de force The Buddha Kindle of economy and precision a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Buddha in the PDFEPUB #195 Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century agoIn e. 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 years 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 yield a better future than that as a rice farmer the women as young 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 children would have a 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 novella Buddha in the Attic a solid 375 stars