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After losing her beautiful younger sister, a celebrated actress, to suicide, Sakumi falls down a flight of stairs and loses her memory to a head injury. Struggling to remember whom she loves and what she lost, she embarks on a unique emotional journey, accompanied at times by her dead sister's lover, at others by her clairvoyant kid brother. This is the story of Sakumi's r...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published 1994)
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K.D. Absolutely
Sep 28, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Kristel
How do you rate a bad book if the author herself apologizes for it? Would you be more considerate with your rating because of the apology? At least, you can say that she has that humility of accepting the fact that what she wrote a "trashy" book.

Honestly, for me, there is almost nothing new or nothing to like in this book. However on the very last page of my edition was an Afterword by the author and she sounded apologetic: "I give my deepest thanks to the one who translated this book, so random...more
The main character of this Yoshimoto book is quite similar to all of her novels: a young, modern Japanese woman who has endured great trauma but manages to keep an open heart to the world despite it. 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. Despite the heavy scene that sets up, this novel is breezy and fantastical. It may be about family and los...more
I feel a need to defend this book...I picked it up during a Japanese-authors phase and just couldn't put it down. Some might argue that Yoshimoto's story is too surreal, too fragmented, "too detailed" (as a friend put it).

For me, it was just right. Every other page I felt like underlining a quote. Every sequential chapter, distinctly out of joint with the previous, made me feel like I was floating out in the ether somewhere. The story is supposed to be about the way life turns on itself; the eb...more
"Entrando in contatto con il corpo di un altro, ci avviciniamo ad un universo differente da noi ma fatto della stessa sostanza."

Come prima lettura della Yoshimoto devo dire che non c'è... bene.

Mi aspettavo di meglio, decisamente di meglio.

Ho scelto questo libro a caso, attratto dal titolo piuttosto evocativo. E devo confessare che tutta la prima parte mi aveva esaltato: mi è piaciuto molto lo stile, semplice ma non per questo povero, uno stile, ecco, pacato, che pure riesce a trasmettere il tur...more
The thing about Banana Yoshimoto's books is that I feel like I'm being introduced into a real and raw, yet dreamy world. The main character Sakumi (aka Saku-chan) describes her "mixed up" family and the death of her younger sister and her own accident with crystal clear and unapologetic simplicity.

All the characters have some flaw and we see the flaws, but the flaws are so real and we are able to view them as natural part of life, not a problematic thing to overcome. The characters all seem to s...more
Mrs. Fujiwara
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Gareth Huynh
Màu xanh tượng trưng cho nhiều cung bậc trạng thái, cảm xúc nào là mơ mộng, hi vọng rồi đến những giấc mơ cho tới những nỗi buồn.

Những câu chuyện của Banana lúc nào cũng nói đến sự ấm áp, tình người và rồi cho dù đến tình huống thế nào đi nữa cô luôn hướng tới những mặt tích cực, tốt đẹp. Cuốn này cũng vậy.

Tuy nhiên, cách viết của cô trong cuốn này thật sự rất dài lê thê, lôi thôi đọc rất oải. Từng nhân vật phụ ào ạt xuất hiện như một mê cung, thậm chí vì đông quá, cô phải giả vờ lơ đi một vài n...more
One of Banana Yoshimoto's fully realized works available in English, a travelogue about a woman who lost her memories and, along for the journey, her kid brother, whose burgeoning psychic powers threaten to overwhelm him. In all, a life affirming novel with some odd quirks.
Este libro fue un reto a mi paciencia, pues nunca logré identificar a dónde iba: por momentos podía ser romántico, realismo mágico e incluso horror, pero todas estas vertientes se quedaban sólo en planteamientos que luego no se profundizaban.

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This book was incredibly bizarre to me. On one hand, I had to admire the positivity and optimism the characters all seemed to have. Considering in the first few pages we learn our main character experiences falling down a flight of stairs injuring her head/brain and losing her memory, and her sister committing suicide, it's shocking that the book has such a lighthearted, upbeat tone. While I can see why there are people who admire the book for this - after all, why do serious subjects like suici...more
Natalia Pì
rilettura. ad anni e qualche pugno in faccia dalla prima lettura. interessante esperimento.

dunque, l'ho finito - che bellezza. poetico, coinvolgente. nella sfiga di essere malatissima, è stato bello poterlo leggere concentrato in pochissimi giorni e potermi davvero immergere nel libro, sentirlo, riflettere, gustarmi l'atmosfera sospesa che riesce a creare. è stato anche bello vedere cosa avevo sottolineato a 17 anni: cose che adesso non sottolineerei. rileggere il libro è stato una sorta di esp...more
I remembered loving Kitchen, so when I saw this book was on sale, I couldn't resist.

I probably should have.

People seem to like Banana's books for her writing style -- oddly enough, that's exactly what I dislike about this one [and, now that I think of it, I didn't much like it in Kitchen, either]. It may be more "real" to have a character constantly contradict herself, but it makes for really annoying reading when those contradictions happen in the same paragraph, over and over and over.

I also h...more
I was pretty disappointed with this book. I've really enjoyed everything I've read by this author thus far so I thought a meaty novel like this would really be my thing. I felt like it completely lacked plot and just sort of wandered around making little philosophical points. The concept of the main character losing her memory and slowly gaining it back in flashes sounds intriguing but the execution feels sloppy. Her relationships seem undeveloped and I just couldn't get into the novel. Nothing...more
Beata Bowen
Some books are great, some are pretty good and some are written by Dan Brown. 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. Is this book "difficult to forget?" I would say... probably not, since I just gave up on it yesterday (having reached page 87 and finally deci...more
Trang Ngo
Chắc phải gần một năm mới đọc xong =)) cũng vì truyện quá chán, quá nhạt nhẽo, quá u tối. Đọc xong thấy độ kiên nhẫn của mình rất đáng hâm mộ nhưng lòng tốt của mình lần này đã không được đền đáp :(. Cứ cố đọc mãi đọc nữa xem có hay thêm tí nào ko mà càng đọc chỉ càng thêm thất vọng. Không nỡ cho một sao khi chưa đọc xong, đọc xong rồi thì thấy một sao quả là xứng đáng. Không những mình đã tốn thời gian đọc quyển này mà mình còn tốn thời gian viết review cho nó nữa chứ =)) Thôi thì cũng là một t...more
Jolo Manansala
I guess it's okay to dislike this book if the author herself didn't like it.

This book was long, boring half of the time, and really naive. I still don't know how Sakumi and her family got to go on all those trips considering that she saw themselves as a normal family. Kochi? Europe? Almost a month in Saipan? Were hotels and plane fares very cheap back then? Granted, I don't even know how far some of the places she went to even were. I haven't even heard of Kochi before. But it all just seems so...more
Comparing to the big hit "Kitchen", Amrita is quite a disappointment for me. The theme is a little bit spiritual. The main characters have special abilities, which are linked to telepathy, ghost-seeing, visions etc. However, according to Yoshimoto's confession, the book is really 'naive', and too long.
DE BANANA YOSHIMOTO, Autora japonesa contemporánea.

Esta novela me pareció muy atractiva por su narrativa sencilla pero a la vez no tan fácil de leer porque es un libro para reflexionar. Es una lectura que me dejó plenamente satisfecha por su trama intricado basado en la historia de una familia común y corriente, en la cual dos de sus miembros tienen poderes telepáticos y eso los lleva a tener encuentros con los muertos, espíritus, algún tipo de aparición que no les hace considerarse a si...more
I have loved Banana Yoshimoto in the past, especially 'Kitchen,' but I found this disjointed and awkward. The language was clunky and in some places was absurd. I am willing to blame the translator, because I have so far loved Ms. Yoshimoto's spare and poignant language.
I suppose I like Japanese books so much in part because I spent time in Japan. I like Yoshimoto's writing because she has a very conversational and intimate style, as if I am out with a friend having a cup of coffee, or in this case green tea.
Un poco pasadito en lo místico-esotérico-gnóstico, pero su narrativa sigue siendo envolvente y ligera, sin perder profundidad.

Update: creo que si conociera a Sakumi me caería gorda, pero como personaje es muy interesante.
Kelly Hoang
"Do you just exist because you're alive, or are you alive because you exist?"
An awe-striking book. It took me ages to read, but I managed. The feel of the book is very similar to her other book a The Lake. You never really wrap around your head what the book really is about, it has a very light light blue aura. It really dos bring you peace, it just makes you feel very calm. It stirs your emotions, but it does not have the heart racing action packed feeling, just the 'no way' emotion. It's a thi...more
Ere K.
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Quando ero ragazzina e iniziavo a interessarmi di Giappone, di roba di importanzione nipponica nella mia libreria trovavo solo lei o Mishima, o Murakami. Mishima non mi ispirava, Murakami costava troppo e lei era una buona alternativa economica e femminile per scappare in un mondo lontano ma che sentivo molto più vicino rispetto a quello in cui vivevo. In più le grafiche di copertina erano carine, io ero adolescente, e da adolescente queste cose le puoi leggere. Anzi, tutto...more
Toda la vida pensando que Amrita era un nombre peculiar de mujer y resulta que es la bebida de los dioses, esa que “inunda todo de la energía pura vitalizadora como la vida misma” (es una cita, sí, pero prefiero no revelar la fuente por pudor). Aunque la protagonista de esta novela no se llame como el néctar, lo que Banana Yoshimoto nos cuenta de ella sí tiene más que ver con energías puras vitalizadoras y espirituales que con la vida misma.

Sakumi es una mujer joven que ha perdido gran parte de...more
Camilla Calvetti
En Amrita, Banana Yoshimoto nos permite viajar por un paisaje profundo, construido sobre la base de recuerdos y hechos reales: la memoria del personaje principal que primero la pierde y luego la recupera.

El libro está cargado de significados, de mensajes especiales y de un contenido exquisito referido a las personas y sus múltiples universos interiores, paralelos, reales o no.

Yoshimoto nos lleva muy bien por una trama en la que confluyen varias histoiras, cada una con un rasgo particular de pers...more
I really don't know what to say about this novel other than I really liked it. It is... peculiar.
I liked its pace, it is quite slow, but it builds up nicely, it kind of sets you in a relaxed mood, and while doing that it develops the main character and builds a chain of events. This does not mean that it is a light story, there's a lot of emotional intensity there, and certainly the characters go through some very weary and tough experiences.
The story starts with the death of the main character...more
Moises Sheinberg

Reseña del libro: Amrita (1997)
Autor: Banana Yoshimoto (Tokio, 1964)
Traducción: Mercedes Corral (2002)
Editorial: Tusquets
Páginas: 346

“En el futuro pensaríamos después: por ahora, si no hubiéramos saltado agarrados de la mano, nos habríamos alejado de la vida, con sus perturbadores cambios “
Banana Yoshimoto, Amrita.

Amrita, en los textos sánscritos, es el néctar de los dioses y, al igual que la ambrosía para los dioses griegos, era el alimento que les daba la inmortalidad. A...more
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Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto is the perfect example of how a book can burn away every thread of goodwill the reader has for it. I came at it vaguely expecting a hybrid of introspective contemporary women's fiction and mundane surrealism, a mixture of Lorrie Moore's Self Help , Melissa Banks' A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing , and (yes) Haruki Murakami's fiction.

Ultimately, the novel aimed to do a bit of those things while failing at all of them simultaneously. The book stumbles at its attemp...more
May 06, 2010 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in memory loss, self-begetting novels
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Banana Yoshimoto (よしもと 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.

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 liberal family, she learned the value of...more
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