This month as part of the BritMums Book Club I have been reading Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka.
This is an easy read – perfect for the beach or taking on holiday or keeping in your bag and dipping in and out of. The narrative style is different and takes some getting used to – but of course it is intentional, to both confirm and illustrate the American view of the Japanese at the time, and how they were wrong.
What I loved about the book was it’s personal nature. Even though there were no main characters, you had a glimpse into the very personal goings on of a large group of people. You are left with a feeling of their spirit, their drive, you feel their excitement, their disappointment and the sadness that permeates the story is very much felt.
Crucially the novel explores a period in American Japanese history which I was completely unaware of (and I studied American History). For that reason more than any other I would recommend it to anyone. The story definitely haunts you for a while after you have read it.
Disclosure – I was gifted this book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.