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Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

In Sanskrit, Amrita means immortality. I couldn’t fault anyone for becoming weary with the writing for that reason, but once I accepted the uninterrupted flow I became really comfortable with Sakumi’s voice.

As Hoshimoto recently learned from all the Japanese books I’ve readlife is short enough as it is; wasting it worrying about how short it is just makes it shorter. She’s purposefully lost the sharp editing of Kitchen. To ask other readers questions about Amritaplease sign up.

This loss of memory, however, is zmrita catalyst for Sakumi to re-examine her life and relationships: It touches more on relationships: But Amrita is much amritw feminine and warm than either of those authors works. But I must say the part of Yoshio’s story was a bit bizarre to me. Aug 02, K. In all, a life affirming novel with some odd quirks.

This book was a total pleasure, and I find myself wishing that I could have this book accompany me in yoshimoot to pick up whenever I want to connect with that supernatural world! Her solution to her worries in life is just to go out and enjoy a night drinking with her boyfriend.

Occasionally the thoughts directly contradict themselves so much that it resembles an unedited journal entry. The entire book has a feeling of surrealism around it.


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How do you rate a bad book if the author herself apologizes for it? Also common is to find the protagonist or someone close to her dating a much older man. The loss of memory enables Sakumi to look at the world around her through a new pair of eyes, and although she does regain her memory slowly, the lack of detail in her memory forces her to reconsider her relationships with people and places.

Would you be more considerate with your rating because of the apology? Pathos, nostalgia, the sense of exquisite sadness at the fleetingness of life are key smrita of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, and all are themes central to Yoshimoto’s books.

Fujiwara rated it it was amazing Shelves: And this is precise what I like about Japanese literature: Even so, the book did not prepare me for how the characters react. So even if I hated this book, I am still rating this with 2 stars. And this book was in between surreal and reality. It felt much more disjointed and unpolished that Banana Yoshimoto’s other works; it’s a lot longer than her others, and I wonder if her writing is more suited to shorter fiction.

As such, they portray the turbulence, freethinking, and rebelliousness of the young of that era. Reading Amrita feels as if you are yoshmioto the author’s personal diary entries. As a book that has the theme of ‘going with the flow’, it is a very different type of book. This time was no different and her hero, Saku-chan, was totally overshadowed by the cuteness of her little brother.

Lists with This Book. Como siempre, leer a Yoshimoto es yoshimoot reencontrarse con una vieja amiga.

Mi aspettavo di meglio, decisamente di meglio. Faber and Faber, Fiction. Her novels are mostly about a group of well to do young people who are intimately connected and share difficult and sad experiences.

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I probably should have.

Tony’s Reading List: 63 – ‘Amrita’ by Banana Yoshimoto

Ma che caspita ti ridi cretina?? I feel a need to defend this book She loves the moments in which you might stop to record in your mind exactly what’s around you for a beautiful and brief second.

I also h I remembered loving Kitchenso when I saw this book was on sale, I couldn’t resist. It is one of those things we do to enjoy life. I think Yoshimoto conveyed that sense perfectly. Published by Faber and Faber first published So, it has to have a plot. It is still okay. Not many would love this book I think, but it was okay for me though. Towards the end of the novel, Sakumi is also urged to quench her thirst by drinking in everyday occurrences – the water of life.

If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: Is this “Banana-maniac” everyone is talking about? The sun was shining brightly through the windows on a beautiful spring morning, the first of many to come. Yoshimoto’s writing has that strange and beautiful quali Maybe 3. Trying to live for the moment and forget the past and future. It was a bit amusing at first but her characters were not ordinary people who I could relate to myself or to some people I’ve known or I’ve met.

Some books are great, some are pretty good and some are written by Dan Brown.