In Julie Otsuka’s novel, Japanese women sail to America in the early “The Buddha in the Attic” unfurls as a sequence of linked narratives. : The Buddha in the Attic (Pen/Faulkner Award – Fiction) ( ): Julie Otsuka: Books. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A gorgeous.

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The Buddha in the Attic is narrated in the first person plural, i. Discuss the impact of this narrative decision on your reading experience. Why do you think the author made the otshka to tell the story from this perspective?

The novel opens with the women on the boat traveling from Japan to San Francisco. What are their fears?

What are these shifts in typography meant to connote? How do they add to our knowledge of the women as individuals? Are there particular images you found especially powerful? How did you feel reading this short chapter? In what ways were the husbands useful to them or unexpectedly gentle with them in these early days? How does this reflect the complexity of their relationships?

How do their experiences and challenges differ from what they had been led to expect? How are they perceived by their husbands? What does the author think? What do you think? Discuss the passage on p. We forgot about God. I fear my soul has died. What is she suggesting about their spiritual lives, their inner selves? Do the women reappear in this sense in the course of the novel?


What is the effect of this shift in point of view?

What does Otsuka achieve through this subtle adjustment? They called us Helen and Lily. They called us Otsuma. They called us Pearl. Discuss the complexities and nuances budcha the relationship between the Japanese women and the white women.

What was your reaction to the experiences of the women in childbirth? Take a close look at the last six sentences of the chapter, with a particular emphasis on the very last sentence. On what note does Otsuka end the chapter, and why?

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Discuss the otsjka of names and naming in The Buddha in the Attic. What point is Otsuka making about cultural inheritance? Why do you think Otsuka chose to set it apart? What is the impact of buddhz dramatic shift? Introduction In her magnificent new novel The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka spins the clock back to just after the turn of the century, as a group of young tje from Japan are brought to San Francisco as mail-order brides.

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Ostuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. Why is the novel called The Buddha in the Attic? To what does the title refer?

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Why do the women choose J-town over any attempt to return home? How do the the dreams of the children differ from the dreams of their mothers? Discuss themes of guilt, shame, and forgiveness in The Buddha in otsuk Attic. About this Author Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California.

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