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Although there are fantastical elements it’s still normal life that she is concerned with.

It was so haunting of a book yet so random and trashy it can be. In this tale about a young woman who loses her memory and has to reassess the way she is living her life, Yoshimoto blends elements of Buddhist theology and everyday philosophy to examine what it means to live in the present. I probably should have. I have not actually lived in Japan but from the business associates I had in my previous work, this behavior of the mother seems not common in their rigid and disciplined culture.

Wednesday, 2 September 63 – ‘Amrita’ by Banana Yoshimoto. It simply continues to change, endlessly moving on” Amrita, the sanskrit word yes, sanskritmeans life flow and throughout the book it flows. They take in the miracles and move on. However on the very last page of my edition was an Afterword by the author and she sounded apologetic: A lot of tragedy besets the particular narrator of this book, Sakumi; before it even begins her father and then sister have passed away and she has had an accident that causes her brain damage.

Some might argue that Yoshimoto’s story is too surreal, too fragmented, “too detailed” as a friend put it. View all 8 comments. The main character of this Yoshimoto book is quite similar to all of her novels: Yoshimoto was in her twenties or early thirties. I like Yoshimoto but I don’t think this one lives up to her N.

Her popular novels at least the ones that I have read were written in the 90s whe It might be unfair to rate this novel so low when I skipped most of it, and will probably toss it away before I could finish it. How do you rate a bad book if the author herself apologizes for it? Yoshimoto’s writing has that strange and beautiful quality as always. E tutto senza che venga data una giustificazione, o anche che venga mostrata un po’ di sorpresa, un po’ di mistero, niente.


Is this book “difficult to forget? Therefore, it was perhaps apt that I randomly decided to re-read ‘Amrita’ this week as Banana Yoshimoto’s novel, a departure from the usual novellas or collections of short stories, is especially concerned with reflection and taking stock of your existence.

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. The idea of life circling around and people continually going through the cycle of making friends, developing relationships and moving on came through more strongly on this reading, as did the writer’s focus on showing how Sakumi’s loss of memory enables her to stop and look at what she actually is.

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Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

Sister Mayu, a drug- and alcohol-dependent actress, committed suicide and Sakumi, who has lost all her childhood memories as a result of a head injury, somberly drifts through life. A major portion is recitation of the tedious dialogues the narrator has had with friends and family. Then some of those without special powers behaved illogically or irrationally. I picked it up during a Japanese-authors phase and just couldn’t put it down. Her popular novels at least the ones that I have read were written in the bananna when Ms.

Whenever she appears in public she eschews make-up and dresses simply. But what’s even worse than a book written by Dan Brown is a book which is critically acclaimed, hailed as “extraordinarily powerful”, “difficult to forget”, “astonishing”, “endearing”, but which is so annoyingly bad, you begin to doubt your own ability to recognize good writing.

The story is supposed to be about the way life turns on itself; the eb I feel a need to defend this book Amriha many would love this book I think, but it was okay for me though. As always, I finished the book, closed it on my lap and with a satisfied smile felt a tear running down my cheek.


Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto

I don’t think I’d really recommend anyone read this unless they actually like her other stuff. Fujiwara rated it it was amazing Shelves: It takes patience and commitment to reading a Yoshimoto novel. Yoshimoto strong suit is perfectly describing moments Each day she takes half an hour to write at her computer, and she says, “I tend to feel guilty because I write these stories almost for fun. Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto is one of those books that is a terror to summarize. May 04, Mrs.

I think Yoshimoto conveyed that sense perfectly. And I kind of love Saseko although she’s somewhat a bit spooky. The writing has a smooth haunting feeling that connects with your soul than your brain. I have the vague sense that I am entering another realm when I read this book. I feel a need to defend this book Yoshimoto’s writing has that strange and beautiful quali Maybe 3.

The effect is hypnotic. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Every other page I felt like underlining a quote. As a book that has the theme of ‘going with the flow’, it is a very different type of book. Each character was dealing with life and the lemons – brother learning to deal with his mystic powers, the lover who is learning to deal with the concept of happiness, the friend who pursues her heart against the society, the gifted singer who deals with ghosts.

Saying that, it has an odd charm to it – I love the relationship bet Sakumi and her younger brother, which was for me the heart of the story, and I feel like it explores a lot of really interesting themes.

I could have taken a deep breath, looked away, and forced myself to say it.