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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  4,346 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled and occasionally cruel. Now Maria's father is finally able to bring Maria and her mother to Tokyo, ushering Maria into a world of university, impending adulthood, and a 'normal' family. When Tsugumi invites Maria to spend ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Tusquets (first published 1989)
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Ed Martin
I really wasn't impressed by this book. The ideas and themes covered sounded very interesting, and while Yoshimoto's descriptions of scenery are well-written, the characters seemed to lack depth, and didn't really encourage a feeling of sympathy. I've given the benefit of the doubt as the process of translation may subtract from the original. While the descriptions of scenery were well written, and Yoshimoto made some interesting and thought-provoking points, the characters spoilt the book for m ...more
Lisa
first read, 2010: What I liked so much about this book was the mood it set. I loved the characters and the way Yoshimoto tells the story in a simple way. A really beautiful novel. I'm glad I own this one because I will definitely want to read this again.
Adrienne
I can only hope for Yoshimotos's sake that A LOT was lost in the translation of this book. I'm just glad it was a short, quick read because I really, really hated it.

Where to start? First of all, I dislike Yoshimoto's general writing style. Word choice is poor (although I realize that could be due to the translation) and the dialogue is sooooo lame. It's like a middle school student wrote it.

Also, what is up with this: "I can't explain this very well. But just then, as the lucid rush of the rai
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Vé
I love this book - ever since I picked it up, years ago, it's been my go-to, feel-good novel. The story is simple, yet calming, and the characters are enough to hold the story on their own. It feels like a warm lazy summer evening, or like a cool, rainy daydream. Either way, the few hours it takes to read it are always wonderful. Soothing.

It's not fancy litterature - I wouldn't use it as a teaching tool, or even as an exemple of a 'good' book. I think it's one of these novels that either touch y
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Nate Yielding
Brilliant. Banana Yoshimoto is the 3rd or 4th Japanese author I have read, and I'm noticing a trend. It's hard to describe butI'll try anyway. All of the characters I read about in these Japanese novels seem to be so clear headed, so honest in expressing their feelings, and so calm. It has the calming effect. It makes me wonder if this isn't just some coincidence in writing style but perhaps the Japanese people are just like that. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Goodbye Tsugumi. Banana Yoshimoto ca ...more
Kyle Muntz
I really liked this one too, though I think Kitchen was better. It was especially good for the setting and these gorgeous passages on time/memory/loss/childhood/family, plus I love the mood. I ended up dropping a star since the central character of the book (Tsugumi, the narrator's cousin) is less interesting than some of the side characters despite getting by far the most time, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to work through all of the books Yoshimoto has in translation pretty soon.

The weird thin
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Nafiza
You may have noticed the presence of a new page on my blog: “Translated YA.” I am making a conscious effort to read translated works of YA lit because I feel that not enough attention is granted to an immense body of work out there. I am deeply interested in the glimpses of societies and cultures given through these works. I am also curious about gender and narrative constructions in works by authors who are not North American.

Goodbye Tsugumi is a gentle book. It’s like a calm seashore. It has t
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Emi
I wanted to give this book 3,5 stars but in the end I think it's closer to 3 than 4 stars. I might have liked it a bit more than "The Lake" but that's mostly because I could identify more with the character of "Tsugumi". Moreover, I think the translation made quite a difference. I read this novel in Polish and the flow of the sentences was definitely much better. It seems like the English translation really doesn't do the book justice.
"Goodbye Tsugumi" was another slow-paced novel by Banana Yosh
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Rachel
Just finished this 186-page book, strangely enough it felt quite long, despite the number of pages being quite short. Spoilers ahead.

Goodbye Tsugumi is described as 'An elegiac story of two young cousins coming of age at the Japanese seaside', 'an enchanting novel from one of Japan's finest writers. Marie has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled and occasionally cruel. Now Maria is moving to Tokyo to go to university, and Tsugumi invites
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Chrissi Sepe
Banana Yoshimoto has created one of the most complex, unique and fully fleshed-out characters through Tsugumi. The novel is told by Tsugumi's cousin, Maria, who comes to spend one last summer at the inn that Tsugumi and her family own before she moves to Tokyo to attend college. Tsugumi is a bitter, negative person who hates the world and everyone in it. She plays pranks on Maria and verbally abuses her own sister, Yoko, but you forgive her because every single day of her existence is lived in e ...more
Steffie Buechersammlerin
Maria lebt mit ihrer Mutter im Haus Yamamoto, einem Gasthaus an der Küste. Dieses gehört Marias Onkel und seiner Familie, die hier in einer besonderen Idylle leben. Marias Vater lebt in Tokyo, denn er ist noch verheiratet und kämpft um die Scheidung. Ihre Cousinen, Yoko und Tsugumi, sind in ihrem Alter und könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein. Die ruhige, rechtschaffene Yoko ist die Älteste und die Besonnenste der drei Freundinnen, wohingegen Tsugumi ein wahrer Wirbelwind ist. Immer wieder denkt ...more
Heather
Jun 29, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Strand's amazing bookshelves
I love Banana Yoshimoto, and not just because she has a great name or because the first picture I saw of her was the best author shot ever (knowing, impish smile; witchy-poo shoes; and on the "backside" of the picture, she was hiding a bouquet of wildflowers in her hands, that you couldn't see from the front. It's on one of the tradepaper editions of Kitchen). I love wheat she writes about: quirky people who are real, but not necessarily likeable and in situations that aren't probable, but ring ...more
Emily T.
I have difficulty putting any book down once I started it, but this book very rarely gave me want to keep reading. The story, at it's core, is interesting enough, but it is entirely wrapped in bubblegum and then dipped in chocolate. The story is narrated by Maria, a nineteen-year-old coming of age in Japan and reads like it was written by a nineteen-year-old who had gotten an encouraging mark in her high school creative writing class and decided to write a book. Even though the story involves se ...more
Rebeccahowden
This book just about killed me, that's how beautiful and lovely and cool it is. Maria is spending one last summer with her cousins Tsugumi and Yoko in the tiny seaside town where they grew up together, before the family inn gets sold. Amongst the wild imagery of the sea, Maria is consumed by the yearning and nostalgia of "coming of age" and leaving the familiarity of childhood behind.

But more than anything, this is a story about friendship. Tsugumi is sharp-tongued, hot-tempered, often grouchy a
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Emmeline Pidgen
I thought this book was wonderful.

Part of this must be because there were so many things about the main character that I could identify with. As in the book, I too have experienced spending a last summer in a coastal town that I'd become very attached to, although it must be said I did not have a somewhat sour cousin there to spend time with.

The novel explores family relationships in a fresh and unusual way, with the main characters being well developed and believable.

The book is beautifully wr
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Andrew
This is a beautiful little book, an insight into the world of a girl living by the sea in Japan. The story is a quiet one, with a minimalist narrative and few moments of action or conflict, but still "Goodbye Tsugumi" is difficult to put down. Strangely, the atmosphere reminded me of how it felt to be immersed in Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" books as a child, a series of books which, like " Goodbye Tsugumi" deals with the topic of friendship in a quaint spot on the coast. The characters are wonde ...more
Marianne Diaz
Creo que la autora tenía la meta de crear una atmósfera, más que de contar una historia, y de ser así, ciertamente lo logró. No es mi libro favorito de Banana Yoshimoto; Kitchen me parece muchísimo mejor. No obstante, creo que es un libro interesante, en particular en cuanto a la creación de esa atmósfera que tiene elementos de la costa, de la playa, tanto como de la adolescencia y del paso a la adultez.
Tengo problemas con algo que creo que pertenece al estilo de Banana, y es el salto en el uso
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Jeff
Aug 26, 2007 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in what YA lit looks like in another country
This is a really nice, quick read. It would have been perfect to read while I was at the beach, because it really captures the mood of a coastal town at the end of summer. That's the book's strong suit: capturing a mood and holding it very carefully, reveling in the details that paint a picture for the reader. This book is also what I would consider a really nice young adult novel for girls. Sure, it's set in Japan, but there is a lot of material that anyone could relate to... relationships, fam ...more
Daphne Vogel
Hm-mmm: reading other people's reviews and I can see their various points. However, the characters (to me) were real enough and well-developed. She takes a minor incident and describes it with as much care as a major development. She is skilled at balancing the many emotional layers in a person's life...the characters are multi-faceted, no black and white, which allows for some lack of sympathy on the part of the readers. I enjoy the breathing space she allows me. I don't have to like or dislike ...more
Gabriella ♡
3.5

"Che strano: quando sono rivolta verso il mare in compagnia di qualcuno, chissà perché, ma va a finire che non m'importa se si parla o se si tace, mi vanno bene entrambe le cose. Non mi stanco mai di osservarlo, e anche quando è in burrasca, non c'è pericolo che il rumore dei suoi cavalloni possa darmi fastidio.
Non potevo credere di dover traslocare in un posto dove non ci fosse il mare. Proprio non riuscivo a rendermene conto; era una cosa talmente impensabile che quasi mi veniva l'angoscia
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Hannah
I think this book very accurately captures the essence of a summer holiday, and the power of seasonal friends. I was able to relate to the very distinct feeling if being outside reality in a routine vacation spot. The images of the ocean and the seaside town were vivid, and evoked many emotions that only one who has lived by the sea can understand. While this book has simple dialogue and slow portions, it was a pleasant reminiscence of childhood and family.
Javiera
It's a good book but I don't know, I feel it doesn't reach the same level of Kitchen and other Banana Yoshimoto's works. I felt something was missing but I can't put my finger on it. Don't get me wrong, I really liked "Tsugumi" and there was really beautiful parts that made this book enjoyable, like when Maria is at the beach with her father. I guess I just didn't like the ending. It's not like I wanted to see Tsugumi die but it felt unfinished and unpolished.
Denise
More than ten years ago this book was my first contact with the bittersweet magic of Banana Yoshimoto's uniquely wonderful slice-of-life stories - now that I finally bought a copy to add to my collection of her works, it was high time to read it again. I loved it just as much as the first time around, although in retrospect I have to say that it's perhaps my least favourite of her works - and yet, it absolutely deserves a five star rating!
Angela
This was a blast from the beginnning to the end. The friendship between the two Female Cousins, as well as the outside interactions in their lives are well combined dynamics. I would reccomend this book to open minded souls whom have had the pleasure of having an outspoken friend whom could make them laugh, and shake their heads at the same time! I would definetly read another book by this author. :)
Aliko Ban
I don’t know what took so long for this tender novel to be published in English, but I’m thankful it’s now available – vintage Yoshimoto Banana, very similar vein to Kitchen and more especially, to “Moonlight Shadow.” She has the ability to portray deep sadness and emotion in a somehow lighthearted manner. Conversely, the light and breezy tone can be misleading to the depth of the writing and topic.
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Tom
Feb 15, 2015 Tom added it  ·  review of another edition
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I read Goodbye Tsugumi at a lazy pace, as the story isn't really of the page turner type. I'm not sure why, I find it a bit strange actually, but no scene within the book was particularly memorable. Even so, after turning its last page over a week ago, I'm still left with a sort of nostalgic feeling toward a small coastal town during the summer in some part of Japan I've never been too.

My feelings are tinged with loneliness as the story subtly continues to prompt me to think back at my own good
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Courtney Williams
The book: Goodbye Tsugumi

The author: Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese novelist (Banana is a pen name; her birth name is Mahoko).

The subject: Maria, who has grown up near the seaside with her cousin, the cruel and charismatic invalid Tsugumi, moves away to Tokyo to study at university. This coming-of-age tale takes place as she spends one last summer by the ocean with Tsugumi.

Why I chose it: I'm getting interested in Japanese literature – and was also intrigued by the author's pen name!

The rating: Four
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Jose Vera
“Tsugumi” es una novela corta que irradia nostalgia en cada una de sus páginas.

La autora, Banana Yoshimoto, ha logrado recrear con bastante acierto y emotividad el paso del verano y las vivencias de un grupo de jóvenes en un balneario japones. Pero este libro está lejos de ser una novela ligera y sin sentido. Es una historia bien desarrollada con buenos personajes y situaciones cotidianas entregadas con una delicada nostalgia que línea por línea nos envuelve y es parte fundamental de la atmósfer
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Lina Olvera
Algo que me queda claro después de leer este libro, es el por que me gusta la literatura japonesa.
No solo este libro, si no algo que parece prevalecer en todos los libros de autores japoneses que he leído.

Son cotidianos, personajes con los que te relacionas, que los sientes cercanos a ti.
No hay una necesidad de agregar elementos mágicos/fantásticos/místicos ni nada por el estilo, son historias únicas, que al leerlas detenidamente, podrían parecer cartas que un amigo te manda, relatos que alguien
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Megha
The Yamamoto Inn reminded me of Rebecca's Manderly. Same nostalgic feeling.

"I guess when you're out on the ocean and you see the piers way off in the distance, shrouded in mist, you understand this very clearly: No matter where you are, you're always a bit on your own, only an outsider"

Nostalgic! That's what this book made me feel. Yoshimoto's writing is deep and you connect to the emotions with the same intensity. There is something you want to hold on about this book. Last time I felt it was w
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Banana Yoshimoto (よしもと ばなな or 吉本 ばなな) is the pen name of Mahoko Yoshimoto (吉本 真秀子), a Japanese contemporary writer. She writes her name in hiragana.

See also 吉本芭娜娜 (Chinese).

Yoshimoto, daughter of Takaaki Yoshimoto, was born in Tokyo on July 24, 1964. Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana's sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. Growing up in a libera
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