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Customers who bought this item also bought. They were Japanese mail order brides of almost a century ago that believed that they were coming to a good life in America, even to good husbands.

A few would secretly wish that it was their husbands who were ib away.

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atgic Are there discussion group questions for t his book? The women didn’t know it yet, but they had been sold a buedha of goods. The next chapter, “First Night”, is about the consummation of their marriages with their new husbands, most of whom are nothing like the descriptions they had given. While it’s really flattering, I can’t help but cringe at the syrupy ideals. Specific, clear, multitudinous in its grasp and subtly emotional. Perhaps we had lost a brother or father to the sea, or a fiance, or perhaps someone we loved had jumped into the water one unhappy morning and simply swum away, and now it was time for us, too, to move on.


Filled with evocative descriptive sketches…and hesitantly revelatory confessions. See and buddga other items: The style is poetic and haunting. Whatever they did not sell, would be stolen.

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Here is what I liked: Instead, she chooses to focus on the collective set of experiences, the collective story of a mass, the voices of many. Alcuni gioiosi, otsuks timorosi, altri ancora rabbiosi, spaventati, smarriti, delusi. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: They took us downtown, in second-rate rooms Haruko left a tiny laughing brass Buddha up high, in a corner of the attic, where he is still laughing to this day.

I thought this book was deeply moving and the pluralized first person narrative made this book something unique. Aug 23, Minutes. They took us downtown, in second-rate rooms at the Kumamoto Inn.

Neither does the internment of the Japanese. They took us even though we bit them. Same principles, different war. Read reviews that mention buddha in the attic picture brides world war person plural julie otsuka japanese women writing style emperor was divine internment camps beautifully written united states mail order pearl harbor point of view san francisco quick read collective voice highly recommend book club order brides.

I feel really bad for not rating it five stars.

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View all 31 comments. This sudden individualisation is extremely poignant, especially when, in the final chapter, Otsuka’s collective voice shifts from the Japanese to the Americans: While informative, it became monotonous. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


Each subsequent chapter charts some aspect of immigrant life — getting jobs, giving birth and dealing with ghe casual racism of pre-war America “They learned that they should always call the restaurant first. But I persisted to the next chapter. Some of us find this topic interesting, and wish the book could have shown me more about this hideous time period in our nation’s history.

I thought it began in one voice, but then shifted to a disembodied “us. The Tempest Folger Shakespeare Library. There is no story in this book, however, as it is everyone’s story.

In what ways were the husbands useful to budhda or unexpectedly gentle with them in these early days? 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 right. Their houses are boarded up and empty now.

Kanuko admitted that she did not miss her husband at all. What a fabulous read!!! When they had to abandon their houses due to wartime measures, …more The Buddha was a symbol of the religion that these women brought from Japan with them.