Monday, January 23, 2012

REVIEW: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka


 A poetically written work that flows beautifully through the emotions of the family. The division of the book into chapters with a point of view of each family was a wonderful idea. As a whole a book which draws powerful emotions and causes a deep look into the past.
It was truly the small aspects in the book which made it so real and emotional.  The daughter's feelings shown through her words and the actions we are told of through the boy.  The daughter cut up a rope and she drew away from the boy as she became a woman.  The boy also gave away a great deal of the mother's thoughts as he sees her wonder through the life at camp and lose herself in memories of the past.  Even when they were released there was the feeling that nothing had changed.  They still slept in the same spots and they stayed safe in their routines.

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