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Amrita Intl

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,485 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
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 it was ok  ·  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
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Ginger
Apr 26, 2010 Ginger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Roo7
Mar 30, 2010 Roo7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Serena.. Sery-ously?
Alla fiera dell'Est nel 2047, una caramella dichiarò guerra al popolo degli unicorni. Si divertirono tutti e la penna a sfera cominciò a perorare la sua causa: profumare di pizza appena sfornata.

La mia recensione a tale pataccata potrebbe benissimo essere questo ammasso di nonsense, perché il libro è NONSENSE allo stato brado. E sono convinta che Banana Yoshimoto si droghi, ora l'ho detto!!

Bene, direi che tre indizi fanno una prova e quindi un bel CIAONE per Banana e per i suoi libri urticanti a
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Sharon
Jul 20, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie Lumsden
Jun 14, 2016 Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 3.5
I find it hard to say how I feel about this book. 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. 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. Yoshimoto's writing has that strange and beautiful quali
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Houdini
Feb 11, 2016 Houdini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Είχε προηγηθεί ένα πολύ μικρότερο μυθιστόρημα της Ιαπωνέζας Γιοσιμότο. Απλό,ευχάριστο,ίσως ιδιαίτερο μα όχι αριστούργημα.Πίστευα ότι σε μεγαλύτερη φόρμα θα ξεδιπλώνονταν οι ικανότητες της,θα φωτιζόταν το ταλέντο της και θα πρόσφερε κάτι πιο ολοκληρωμένο.Εκτός αυτού,το γεγονός ότι το βιβλίο ήταν εξαντλημένο,η αναζήτηση και η αναμονή ήρθαν να ενισχύσουν ακόμα περισσότερο τον πύργο των προσδοκιών-ο οποίος τελικά κατέρρευσε.

Η συγγραφέας,λοιπόν μας προσφέρει ένα μυθιστόρημα περίπου τετρακοσίων σελίδω
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T4ncr3d1
"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
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Girish
Aug 10, 2015 Girish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto is one of those books that is a terror to summarize. The book I think is best summarized by one of the quotes by the protagonist "The world around us often goes thru changes. It doesn't mean it gets better or worse. It simply continues to change, endlessly moving on"

Amrita, the sanskrit word (yes, sanskrit), means life flow and throughout the book it flows. There is a cycle of events, emotions and thoughts which doesn't really have a 'story' that has a beginning and en
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Thương
Minh băt đâu đoc Amrita tư vai thang trươc, tâm tri luc đo cư bông bênh bông bênh nên luc nhân ra đa đoc tơi trang thư mây chuc ma vân như đang bay la la thi minh dưng lai. Tôi qua đoc xong "Nhât ky bi lang quên" thi nhơ ra, nhưng đoc tơi gân nưa cuôn mơi băt đâu cam thây nhâp tâm, rôi ngu quên :P Chiêu nay co hen đi ngăm hoang hôn vơi ban, xong gio thôi vu vu vu vu trơi đô mưa cai âm trăng xoa đang sơ qua nên quyêt đinh ơ nha đoc nôt. Noi chung la thiêt gian truân :P

Thưc ra luc đoc xong 2/3 cuô
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Sandra
Jul 18, 2015 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giappone
Più insisto a leggere libri della Yoshimoto, più mi rendo conto che non mi piace, non è nelle mie corde. Questo libro mi ha immensamente annoiato,a tratti ho trascinato la lettura e sono riuscita a leggerlo tutto per merito di una grande forza di volontà (era forte anche la volontà di abbandonare la lettura) non mi piace il suo stile narrativo,neppure la storia.
Isa-janis
Apr 30, 2016 Isa-janis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2016
Me encanta la suavidad de Banana y esta historia, que es mucho más larga que las anteriores, también es mucho más compleja, pero aún así conserva la sencillez típica de la autora. Como siempre, leer a Yoshimoto es como reencontrarse con una vieja amiga.
Mrs. Fujiwara
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Kaylee
Mar 06, 2008 Kaylee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beata Bowen
Mar 07, 2010 Beata Bowen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeridel Banks
Jan 17, 2016 Jeridel Banks rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
As much as I liked Kitchen, Goodbye Tsugumi, and Asleep, I didn't like Amrita. There were some aspects that were interesting--Sakumi's younger brother, Yoshio, and the couple living in Saipan--but I wasn't impressed with the writing. It didn't move me or make me sympathize with Sakumi. That's one of my problems with reading books: I don't really want to read how the writer thinks about life. I'd rather them show me than tell me by allowing the story to unfold naturally. The dialogue seemed more ...more
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
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Shinichi
Jan 16, 2015 Shinichi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Camila Calvetti
Nov 12, 2013 Camila Calvetti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bernardo
Jul 11, 2013 Bernardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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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Stephanie
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
Mireya
Sep 06, 2014 Mireya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitivamente no me gustó, la trama no está bien armada nunca entendí para donde iba, aparte de tratar de convencernos de telepatías y cosas sobrenaturales (que no logra), personajes que tratan de contar sus historias de vida, y desaparecen del escenario sólo para presentarse en las llamadas telefónicas, cartas y sueños agotadores de la protagonista!!!! Sin aportar nada....muchas filosofías sobre cada cosa que le pasa, están escuchando rock....mmmm por qué sera que escuchan ésto? Oh Dios, much ...more
Natalia Pì
Jul 21, 2011 Natalia Pì rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, japan, asia
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
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Saima Nisbet
Jun 14, 2016 Saima Nisbet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
A rather odd story and some of the writing is stilted but that's likely due to the translation from Japanese. Yet quite enjoyable as it relates the stories about the relationships between a girl and her siblings alive and dead, parents alive and dead, boyfriend & some rather strange friends. The strange nature of some occurrences in the story didn't appeal 100% to me, a lover of strangeness, but they were interesting. I was torn between 3 or 4 stars and opted for 4. I've liked her other work ...more
Mónica
Amrita fue el primer libro de Banana Yoshimoto al que me acerqué y para mí, fue muy díficil hacerlo. Desde un principio la traducción y yo chocamos de mil formas diversas hasta el grado en que la denominé un tanto paulocoelhesca con todo y esos enunciados que te quiere vender como verdades tan característicos del brasileño.

Tuve que acercarme a Kitchen para empezar este camino hacia la comprensión de la literatura de Yoshimoto, Sueño Profundo terminó por establecerla entre mis favoritos y Amrita
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Rosie
Apr 13, 2012 Rosie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Trang Ngo
May 18, 2012 Trang Ngo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Silvia Azzaroli
Apr 19, 2015 Silvia Azzaroli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yuki
This book felt like a continuation of Yoshimoto's other novel, Kitchen. The surrealism has it pros and cons. However, I thought that I couldn't finish it myself because the pace was really slow. There's really nothing too special about this book, like most of Yoshimoto's book: just a young woman, traumatized and her daily life. But still, pretty interesting.

Also, the publisher need to hire a goddamn better typist: the number of typos is simply unacceptable.
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
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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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