Saturday, February 28
Book Review: The Buddha in the Attic
Author: Julie Otsuka
Summary: In eight unforgettable 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 their 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.
My Rating: 9.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I loved this book, from the first page to the end, I was pulled in and didn't want to put this book down until I devoured it.
This book isn't the traditional type of novel, it's prosy, I'd say it's closer to a long narrative poem than a novel. While there are characters, they are all nameless, faceless, yet their story is told, in a beautiful, flowing narrative. From their first moments on the ship to their lives in California, they author tells their story and I found it to be beautifully well done.
You do get a full story, as the reader, you can feel the power and emotion of the characters who are speaking as one, telling their story, and while it wasn't exactly what I expected from this book, I think they way the author chose to tell the story was incredibly well done. I loved how well it flowed, how lovely the writing was, I couldn't put this book down, reading it in a sitting - truly a spectacular book
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It's very different than a traditional novel, and if you're looking for characters and plot, this isn't the exactly the book for you, but it is so worth reading.
What to read next: Ru by Kim Thuy, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Authors Challenge