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Book #11: The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka 
22nd-Feb-2012 02:40 pm
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The Buddha in the AtticThe Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is filled with raw, intense accounts on Japanese women and their families, before and during WWII. These women were forced into (mostly) loveless marriages in America. Not only that, but they endured so much during their journeys to various internment camps in the United States.

I found the book to be quite well-written. At first, I will admit that I did not like the ambiguous points of view in which the book was written, but I grew to actually like it because it seemed all the more real. I definitely recommend this book to fans of the WWII time period and anyone who would like to read about the Japanese people in America.

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3rd-Mar-2012 09:00 pm (UTC) - Japanese Marriages - History Impacting Today?
Thank you for the review. I would be curious to read this book, especially in light of the recent news stories (I'm referencing the Japan Times) of the proliferation of loveless Japanese marriages today. Your review caused me to wonder if there was a psychological link to the events in WW2. I had assumed it was stress over the economic situation and the increased working hours.
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