Vi kom över havet

Vi kom över havet

Julie Otsuka Ulla Roseen / Apr 04, 2020
Vi kom ver havet Ett fartyg r p v g ver Stilla havet Nere i dunklet p melland ck tr ngs en grupp unga japanska kvinnor p rangliga metallbritsar Deras koffertar r packade med allt som beh vs f r det nya livet p an
  • Title: Vi kom över havet
  • Author: Julie Otsuka Ulla Roseen
  • ISBN: 9789174293517
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1919 Ett fartyg r p v g ver Stilla havet Nere i dunklet p melland ck tr ngs en grupp unga japanska kvinnor p rangliga metallbritsar Deras koffertar r packade med allt som beh vs f r det nya livet p andra sidan havet sidenkimonor f r br llopsnatten, kalligrafipenslar och rispapper f r breven hem, sm Buddhafigurer av m ssing till lycka och beskydd I h nderna h l1919 Ett fartyg r p v g ver Stilla havet Nere i dunklet p melland ck tr ngs en grupp unga japanska kvinnor p rangliga metallbritsar Deras koffertar r packade med allt som beh vs f r det nya livet p andra sidan havet sidenkimonor f r br llopsnatten, kalligrafipenslar och rispapper f r breven hem, sm Buddhafigurer av m ssing till lycka och beskydd I h nderna h ller de foton och brev fr n sina blivande makar, fr mlingarna som lovat att m ta dem p kajen i San Francisco Kvinnorna dr mmer om framtiden Men framme i det nya landet v ntar m n de inte k nner igen fr n fotografierna, umb randen de inte har kunnat f rest lla sig och en kultur som de k mpar f r att f rst sig p.Vi kom ver havet r lika mycket ett poetiskt portr tt av ett kollektivt de som en r rande skildring av en m ngd individuella upplevelser msint och omsorgsfullt ger Julie Otsuka liv t de japanska kvinnor som kom till Kalifornien som postorderbrudar p 1920 talet fr n den m dosamma b tresan fram till den dag i december 1941 d de tillsammans med sina familjer pekas ut som f rr dare Fram tr der en del av nutidshistorien som ofta har f rbisetts i historieb ckerna Detta r en enast ende historia, gripande, grym och m sterligt ber ttad p 166 v l anv nda sidor Dagens Nyheter
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      • Julie Otsuka Ulla Roseen

        Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California After studying art as an undergraduate at Yale University she pursued a career as a painter for several years before turning to fiction writing at age 30 She received her MFA from Columbia She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian American Literary Award, and the American Library Association Alex Award.Her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, is about the internment of a Japanese American family during World War II It was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers finalist The book is based on Otsuka s own family history her grandfather was arrested by the FBI as a suspected spy for Japan the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and her mother, uncle and grandmother spent three years in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah When the Emperor Was Divine has been translated into six languages and sold than 250,000 copies The New York Times called it a resonant and beautifully nuanced achievement and USA Today described it as A gem of a book and one of the most vivid history lessons you ll ever learn It has been assigned to all incoming freshmen at than 35 colleges and universities and is a regular Community Reads selection across the US.Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, is about a group of young Japanese picture brides who sailed to America in the early 1900s to become the wives of men they had never met and knew only by their photographs It has been nominated for the 2011 National Book Award.Otsuka s fiction has been published in Granta and Harper s and read aloud on PRI s Selected Shorts and BBC Radio 4 s Book at Bedtime She lives in New York City, where she writes every afternoon in her neighborhood caf.Become a fan of Julie Otsuka on Facebook

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    1. I read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka as part of my women s history month lineup A well researched, historical fictional account, Otsuka depicts life for Japanese American immigrants to California over a span of thirty years in the early 20th century Featuring mail order brides who came to San Francisco to meet their husbands for the first time, Otsuka gives a voice to a people whose story would otherwise be lost The women came from all over Japan to sail on a steamship to meet their hu [...]


    2. Some of us will like the book Some of us won t Some of us will find the constant plural first person narrative terribly annoying, wondering if any group of people can be so cohesive and one that they can always speak in unison, no matter the topic Some of us can t wait to discuss it with our friends on Saturday Some of us will cancel their RSVP to this week s book club because the last thing they want to do is give this book any of their time Some of us won t like it because the lack of an actu [...]


    3. After the first chapter of this book, I thought I had hit upon a goldmine of a book and wondered how anyone dared to rate it less than 4 stars Otsuka draws the reader in by offering up a kaleidoscope of experiences by a flock of Japanese women clustered in the ship s steerage bound for California as mail order brides Lest you think this is a silly book It is not Here is what I liked Otsuka clearly has researched, read her history of Japanese emigration, interviewed obsessively to come up with de [...]


    4. This novella has the most lyrical prose I ve read in a long, long time It begins on a boat in the early 1900s, with dozens of young Japanese women who were being shipped to husbands in San Francisco to begin new lives The women didn t know it yet, but they had been sold a bill of goods They had been promised that their husbands were successful, handsome and rich, and that they would love living in America, but the truth is they would become migrant workers in California, and that the women might [...]


    5. In this slim, delicate, lyrical novel Julie Otsuka unflinchingly and confidently does something that really is not supposed to work for Western readers, those bred in the culture of stark individualism and raised in a society where it s traditional to expect a bright spark of individuality shining through the grey masses After all, it s the plight of one, the quest of one, the triumph of one that appeals to us naturally, as individual and personal portrayals appeal to our innate sense of self, m [...]


    6. It truly boggles the mind all of the attention this book has gotten The premise is very simple told in the first person plural, the stories of the women who were brought over from Japan before WW2, generally to miserable lives they had not anticipated, is related There is no story in this book, however, as it is everyone s story So we get every variation of where they had come from, every variation of sex for the first time with their husbands, childbirth, work, raising children, interacting wit [...]


    7. My father served in World War 2, Korea and Viet Nam He never really talked too much about any of these wars When we talked about World War 2 the only thing he said was that the American Government s treatment of Japanese Americans was one of the most shameful things we had ever done as a nation, at least in his life time He was sickened every time he thought of it While he was alive, one of his good friends was another retired Colonel named Yamamoto who served with him in World War 2 and beyond, [...]


    8. This short 100 page read felt to me like riding in a human river and feeling magically a part of it Otsuka enjoins the reader to flow with the voices of Japanese women from their sea passage to San Francisco as mail order brides in the 20s to the time of internment in camps during World War 2 Though the women voice many different responses to the challenges they faced, they go through similar stages in the transformation of their hopes and dreams to the new realities of their life in America Ots [...]


    9. The Buddha in the AtticWhat a mesmerizing reading experience this was I don t recall reading a historical novel as emotionally intuitive and empathetic as this one in a long time.I was moved to read Buddha after watching George Takei s Ted Talk in which he describes what he and his family experienced when they were rounded up and taken to a interment camp after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.Although a work of fiction, this short novel focuses on the psychological and emotional suffering o [...]



    10. A lovely poemovella Or novellem How would one categorize this hybrid poem novella Whatever its genre, it is without a doubt eloquent and unforgettable Within this slim volume the history of 20th century Issei and Nisei first and second generation Japanese immigrants to the western hemisphere is told by Japanese women, who must blend into a room , who must be present without appearing to exist Otsuka gives these women fearless, tender, angry, sorrowful voices and dares you to not hear Countless s [...]



    11. Otsuka s The Buddha in the Attic is a beautiful collection of short stories that I will cherish and think about for a long time I ve said it before it s often difficult to write about things that are closest to my heart, and this one is no exception.Told from the perspective of many picture brides sailing to San Francisco from their various hometowns in Japan during the early 1900s, Otsuka relates their dreams and fears in a constant stream of thought When the brides finally arrive, each encount [...]


    12. Was f r ein einzigartiger und Mitreisender Schreibstil Das Buch hat mich von der ersten an Seite mitgerissen und ich konnte es nicht aus der Hand legen Otsuka hat gro artige Arbeit geleistet Das Buch ist sehr interessant und ich konnte viel von diesem Buch lernen Die Autorin schreibt nicht aus der Sicht von einer, zwei oder drei Frauen sie l sst eine ganze Generation f r sich sprechen und von ihren W nschen, Tr umen, Erfahrungen, Schicksalen uvm erz hlen Auswanderung, Heiratsvermittlung, Krieg u [...]



    13. This book was like a muffled scream A scream that comes from the mouths of a generation A generation, lost in time and space, of a handful of Japanese girls, women, and children who are shipped to a distant land with a distant dream An American Dream They were shipped from their homeland with a photograph of their husbands and a pocketful of hope for a beautiful and fulfilling life ahead of picket fences covering a lush neatly mowed lawn in front of their wooden A frame houses They really were c [...]


    14. I adored When the Emperor Was Divine and was looking forward to this next book There was a time when it seemed that all I was reading was about the plight of Japanese Americans during WWII Another shameful part of American history Otsuka didn t add anything new, but her writing is so eloquent that emotions and heartache were bleeding from the pages The downfall for me was the style of telling this story The repetitiveness didn t resonate with me and was distracting I would absolutely read anothe [...]


    15. What a fabulous read From the journey from Japan to San Francisco of Japanese mail order brides to the onset of Japanese Americans sent off to internment camps during WWII, I was spellbound by Julie Otsuka s The Buddha in the Attic Narrated from first person plural and told from the POV of a group of women, this is a powerful story, for it allows the reader to see multiple perspectives yet still see the women as individuals This would be a terrific selection for a book club.


    16. A novel, without characters, with a non fictional theme, but with a timeline, recollects the true events of a group of Japanese young women s immigration to America They are caught up in a marriage scam of agents seeking wives for Japanese migrant workers who pose as wealthy businessmen in the initial plan, living the American dream The book is divided into different historical sections, starting with the young girls journey on the ship, through their disappointing discovery of the truth, and th [...]


    17. Otsuka s story of the Japanese picture brides of the early 20th century is an unusual novella, written from the perspective of the group we , the multiple experiences of the women who came to America for a better life for themselves and, in some cases, to help families left behind The style is evocative of, perhaps, the repetition found in Native American poems and song Here it isn t so much repetition as the format of lists of expectations, fears and experiences Amazing And this also makes it f [...]


    18. Buddha in the Attic is a fictionalised account of the Japanese picture brides who arrived at San Francisco in hope of a better life than the one s the had left, a life better than the ones that their mothers had Were they still walking three steps behind our fathers on the streets with their arms full of packages while our fathers carried nothing at allOnce in the USA, many had been cheated Their husbands were older and poorer than their photographs suggested, even the letters they sent were wri [...]


    19. As with most short stories or novellas, this almost prose poem of a book is probably best if you can read it straight through, in this case, to get the full effect of its incantatory prose Though it s mostly told in first person plural, it reminded me of the style of Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried, another treatment where what seems like just a list of things is so much It does what I feel literature does better than knowing the facts reminding us, showing us, that behind the numbers are [...]


    20. A chorus of narrators the we tense is not the easiest voice to pull off Julie Otsuka adroitly uses the tense to great effect in her latest book, The Buddha in the Attic It s a searing insight into an entire community of innocent and na ve Japanese women who arrived in California after World War I, with dreams of their new American life that would soon be cruelly shattered.Each of these women whatever fate decrees for her is also connected to the larger body of the sisterhood, women who move from [...]


    21. When I first read the Kindle preview of this, I decided I probably wouldn t like it because it felt like a book club book, meaning a little light for my tastes Having actually sat down and read it, I still dislike it, but for different reasons The second sentence of the novel We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall This voice is not just for the set up of the book, like I d originally thought No Throughout the entire novel, Otsuka maintains this impersonal we, referri [...]


    22. Pomalo nabacano na momente, ali sve u svemu izuzetno dirljivo i dobro napisano delo, gotovo poeti no u svojoj jednostavnosti Op injava lako a i delimi na ravnodu nost koja provejava kroz opise te kih sudbina upravo to to im se ne pristupa senzacionalisti ki, na eksplozivan i melodramati an na in, ve tiho i polako, ali postojano, ini lepotu ovog romana.Sve u svemu, solidne 3.5 zvezdice.


    23. The Buddah in the Attic Un piccolo gioiello di centoquaranta pagine All inizio un mormorio sommesso, voci che si accostano l una all altra, alcune disilluse, alcune timide, altre ricche di speranza.Poi il mormorio diventa coro, pensieri che all unisono si sovrappongono, si spingono, si strattonano quasi Alcuni gioiosi, altri timorosi, altri ancora rabbiosi, spaventati, smarriti, delusi Ogni tanto una voce, un assolo che ricorda a noi che leggiamo, a noi che ascoltiamo, che quel coro fatto di sin [...]


    24. I don t believe that I have ever read a book that was written like this, one that is written in the collective We and They So creative, lyrical, and heartbreaking So much is said in so short of a read They were Japanese mail order brides of almost a century ago that believed that they were coming to a good life in America, even to good husbands They also believed that they would make good wives for they knew how to cook, to sew, to make tea, and to please They brought trunks filled with their Bu [...]


    25. A narrative about the experience of Japanese women in the 1920s 40s who came to the USA as mail order brides for Japanese men The writing style of Otsuka will probably polarize readers Many may find it just a book of lists covering every possible experience encountered by those women as they try to make California their home Others may find the shifting in narrative voice among women and groups of women confusing or disconcerting For me, the concentrated way in which Otsuka conveyed a wealth of [...]



    26. This is one of those books that is difficult to put into any category because it encompasses various One of those books where if someone told you what the author was planning to do you would think to yourself that there s no way it could be done or if it was done, there s no way anyone would read it past the first page The book is written in the third person plural On the boat we were mostly virgins We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall The book violates the cardina [...]


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