Mail Order Brides

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka is unlike any other book I have ever read.      I think that is what I like most about Otsuka’s work.  She has a unique voice and a very good one at that!  I love the way she conveys her character’s thoughts to make a point.

After reading When the Emperor was Divine I decided to read this book as well.  Both are short books with powerful prose.  This book takes a step further back in time when many Japanese women came to the U.S. as mail order brides prior to WWII in search of a better life.

I liked this book very much and recommend it as a companion to When the Emperor was Divine.  Read this book first though.  It was written later than When the Emperor was Divine, but chronologically the story here happens first.

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4 Responses to Mail Order Brides

  1. Margie says:

    Glad YOU liked it; I found the information fascinating, but the style tedious. I would have enjoyed it far more, if rather than ONLY a collective voice was used, it would’ve additionally focused on the stories of a few individual women. That would have engaged me in a more personalized way.

    • dianeledet says:

      Hi Margie. Thanks for your comment. I most certainly understand your reaction to the writing style. I admit I was feeling that way for a while too. Then, I got to thinking of how unusual the style was and looked at it from a perspective of “experimental” creative writing. That turned the tide for me. I did prefer the writing style of When the Emperor Was Divine and the narrower point of view as well. Your feedback is much appreciated.

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