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When the Emperor Was Divine

Julie Otsuka

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 receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity-she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

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 receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity-she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity-she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Elaina Erika Davis

Length:

3h 26m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:00