Julie Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination "both physical and emotional" of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view "the mother recei Julie Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. Check it out if you haven't already.
When the emperor was divine. In a stranger’s backyard. It was a sunny day in Berkeley in the spring of 1942 and she was wearing new glasses and could see everything clearly for the first time in weeks. She no longer had to squint but she squinted out of habit anyway. She read the sign from top to bottom and then, still squinting, she took out a pen and read the sign from top to bottom again. The print was small and dark. She wrote down a few words on the back of a bank receipt, then turned around and went home and began to pack.
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When the Emperor was Divine is a historical fiction novel written by American author Julie Otsuka about a Japanese American family sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II. The novel, loosely based on the wartime experiences of Otsuka's mother's family, is written through the perspective of four family members, detailing their eviction from California and their time in camp. It is Otsuka's debut novel, and was published in the United States in 2002 by Alfred A. Knopf.
It is Berkeley, California, the spring of 1942. What is the effect when the reason becomes apparent? Otsuka skillfully places subtle but significant details in her narrative. When the mother goes to Lundy's hardware store, she notices a "dark stain" on the register "that would not go away. Membership Advantages. Beyond the Book" backstories. Find books by time period, setting & theme.
Japanese-American author Julie Otsuka’s historical fiction novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, was published in 2002. The first three sections are written in a distant third person narrative mode, where the characters are never referred to by name
Its slenderness belies its power. I was immensely moved by this novel. Its slenderness belies its power. In When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka tells the story of the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War by relating the experience of a single family consisting of two parents, an eleven-year-old daughter, and an eight-year-old son. The place is Berkeley, California; the year is 1942. As the novel opens, the father has already been arrested and imprisoned in New Mexico. The authorities had hustled him out of the house while he was hatless and still in his dressing gown and slippers.
Julie Otsuka, from When the Emperor Was Divine. JR: The book was published in the year following 9/11, and it has a very particular resonance in that context. JO: I finished writing the novel in June of 2001, so I had no idea that it would resonate in the way that it has post-9/11 as a sort of cautionary tale about what can happen when the government starts singling out ethnic groups as being the enemy. Julie Otsuka: Yes, it is- that chapter when they return, In a Stranger's Backyard," is told from the point of view of both the girl and the boy together, which is now a voice that I've used since- in my second novel, "The Buddha in the Attic," I use the collective "we" voice also- and again I don't know why.