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  • When the Emperor Was Divine | Julie Otsuka

    When the Emperor Was Divine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
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    On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her house, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans, they have been reclassified virtually overnight as enemy aliens, and they are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert.

    Gillian says: "Excellent"
  • The Buddha in the Attic | Julie Otsuka

    The Buddha in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated By Samantha Quan, Carrington MacDuffie
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    In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of young Japanese brides, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers....

    Lydia says: "Fascinating topic, irritating writing style"
  • Thalia Book Club: Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic | Julie Otsuka

    Thalia Book Club: Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated By Rita Wolf, David Rakoff
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    The 2011 National Book Award-nominated author of When the Emperor Was Divine discusses her spellbinding new novel, about a group of Japanese picture brides who come to America in the early 1900s, with the performer and essayist David Rakoff. The book traces the women's lives from their boat journey on which they imagine their husbands and concludes with their "disappearance" in World War II. Like Otsuka's first book, The Buddha in the Attic is about identity and what it means to be "other" in uncertain times.

  • Wovon wir träumten | Julie Otsuka

    Wovon wir träumten

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated By Ulrike Hübschmann
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    "Auf dem Schiff waren die meisten von uns Jungfrauen." So beginnt die berührende Geschichte einer Gruppe junger Frauen, die Anfang...

  • Certaines n'avaient jamais vu la mer | Julie Otsuka

    Certaines n'avaient jamais vu la mer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated By Irène Jacob
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    Les voix et les vies que Julie Otsuka décrit ici sont celles de ces Japonaises venues, au début du XXe siècle, épouser, aux Etats-Unis, un de ces hommes qui font arriver par paquebots entiers ces femmes choisies "sur catalogue".

  • Og vi kom over havet | Julie Otsuka

    Og vi kom over havet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated By Louise Herbert
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    Postordrebrudene er en gribende beretning om de japanske kvinders usædvanlige liv: fra den lange skibsrejse på nederste dæk fyldt med forestillinger og drømme om fremtiden i det ukendte land, ankomsten til San Francisco, mødet med deres tilkommende og den skræmmende bryllupsnat, til det hårde arbejdsliv som frugtplukkere og stuepiger, kampen for at tilegne sig et nyt sprog og en ny kultur, fødsler og opfostringen af børn - helt frem til krigen og den december dag i 1941, hvor kvinderne og deres familier udpeges som forrædere.

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