Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Buddha in the Attic
By Julia Otsuka

4 out of 5

This is the story of the lives of several Japanese women as they grow up, move to America, get married, and realize that the American Dream is not all that it is cracked up to be.

I really liked this book. It was such an enlightening story and it was an amazing journey that I got to take with these young women. While the story is told through the view point of several Japanese women, no one person ever has their own point of view. They always said we, or some of us, and I think that this is really enlightening. For their whole lives, these women were taught to think of others, and not themselves. These women never thought of themselves so much, that they didn't even think of themselves as individual people, just as a group of women who have experienced the same things. I loved the story, and it is such a different view of the story of Japanese women growing up during the time that they did. Incredible.

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