The woman has round, black eyes that gaze at you with utter detachment, like the eyes of a reptile. Every bend and curve of her small body is cool to the touch, so cool that I want to scoop her up in my two hands.
This may bring to mind the image of a man hol...more
Ok ora che ho dimostrato al mondo la mia idiozia (T.T) passiamo al libro.. sei racconti.. mi sono parsi tutti molto belli, molto delicati, ognuno dei protagonisti ha un segreto, un particolare accaduto che ha segnato la propria vita e che aspetta il momento giusto per riaffiorare; tutti n'isoddisfazione di fondo che li condiziona anche se inconsciamente e che poi pr...more
I got home, read the first story, believing it was a chapter in a novel. I got to the second story, and for a minute (or two or three) I was a little confused and disappointed. Not because the writing was bad (it's light and dark and brilliant!) But because I was expecting a novel.
When you are in the mood for a novel, it seems that only a n...more
Оповіді ведуться, як правило, від першої особи, рівним тоном, чого б не стосувалися. Вражаючих метафор, напружених колізій у ній нема. Мимоволі починаєш замислюватися — а що є?
Оповідання «Ящірки» об'єднує впевненість. Вона повна і водночас невиразна. Це впевненість у поточному моменті. У точці на лінії долі. Але загалом, хіба точка прикладення важ...more
Il y a tellement de violence dans les histoires de Banana Yoshimoto, mais c'est toujours de la violence hors-scène -- des choses qui sont arrivées aux personnages avant qu'on les rencontre, les événements qui les ont menés aux situations que l'auteure décide de raconter. Alors d'un côté il y a un courant de fond de p...more
"We've done so much together, wherever I go and whatever I see, I think of you. Newborn babies; the pattern on the plate that you can see under a paper-thin slice of sashimi; fireworks in August. The moon hidden behind the clouds over the ocean at night. When I'm sitting down someplace, inadvertently stepping on someone's toes, and have to apologize...more
My best bet is the last short story: A Strange River from Down the River. I find it relaxing, deep but also complicated. However, I still prefer her novels to her short stories.
اجدها قصص قصيرة جميلة جدا وتستحق القراءة والتأمل.
من بعد قراءتي لـ هاروكي موراكامي في "كافكا على الشاطئ" وهذه المجموعة القصصية لبانانا يوشيموتو، اعترف ان هؤلاء القوم يعرفون الكتابة جيدا. واننا مقصرون جدا في التعرف على الثقافة اليابانية.
This is a collection of short stories, and I really breezed through it very quickly. Her writing style is almost effortless, yet upon closer examination one can always find deeper meaning: it is by no means shallow or superficial. In addition all of the stories she tells are absolutely fascinating, and the always have so many layers, that by the time you get to the end of the story,...more
I think these short stories go under the genre Magical Realism. I think that although Yoshimoto did a good job putting a lot of detail into her stories, they were quite confusing. The very first story in the book was about a man who was riding a train, and that story was very confusing because i wasn't sure if he was just hallucinating about a beautiful woman or if the woman was real. I also didn't like the stories becaue they seemed very unrealistic.
The only short story I liked was "Blood and...more
I don't know why I bought this book in the first place. I read Kitchen before, which I have neutral feeling towards it. (I completely forgot about that novel I have to search my review of that book from my blog - I read it in 2008!) I don't really love (or hate) Kitch...more
This is a collection of short stories, though calling them novellas would be a better description. The stories are strange and surreal in a way that I have only seen from Japanese authors. Its hard to describe them in a way that anyone could understand, but I can try.
There are four stories and they vary on topics from love to dreams, the past and the present. I enjoyed the shorts and will indeed pick up more novels of this author. I wish I could write more by way of review but there is just no w...more
The writer reminds me a bit of Murikami because the characters are slightly detached from their lives, and when they talk about themselves it's almost as if they are describing scenes that are unfolding before them rather than scenes they participate in.
Even in translation, it's beautifully written. I will be reading m...more
Oh I love Banana! This was a collection of short stories that, in true Banana style (or perhaps Japanese style) didn't follow my Western notions of linear storytelling with a beginning-middle-end, a conflict and resolution or clear plot points. Instead they are more like poetry, or a delicate painting, or the leaves of an elegant flower. They are delicate and elegant stories that provide a brief but deep look into a moment in someone's life, a glimpse into...more
About a strange shapeshifting creature that rides the train, trying to tempt salarymen to leave their lives of dullness and predictability. A woman who can heal with...more
Anyway, I have often purchased books simply because I liked either the cover, title, or author's name.
In the case of Lizard, I was attracted to all three. Without knowing what I was getting my...more
Con questi racconti è lo s...more
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. Growi...more
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I anticipate the next time you are troubled and must close your eyes again.
The way we think may be completely different, but you and I are an ancient, archetypal couple, the original man and woman. We are the model for Adam and Eve. For all couples in love, there comes a moment when a man gazes at a woman with the very same kind of realization. It is an infinite helix, the dance of two souls resonating, like the twist of DNA, like the vast universe.
Oddly, at that moment, she looked over at me and smiled. As if in response to what I'd been thinking, she said, "That was beautiful. I'll never forget it.”