Monday, March 12, 2012

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

A very short book (129 pages) beginning with the immigration of young women from Japan to the US in the early 1900s and ending with their "resettlement" during World War II.  The book is written in an unusual, almost impersonal, style.  Though much of it is in the first person perspective it does not introduce us to any particular character, many characters are never named, but tells the story of dozens of women, their husbands, and their white employers and neighbours.  The prose is almost poetry like in style which makes it a really easy read and though the style is impersonal it's impossible not to sympathize with the myriad of characters whose names you don't even know.

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