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The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
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Nov 12, 11

bookshelves: ebooks, fiction, library-books, translated, women-authors, melville-house, 2011
Read on November 04, 2011

“Most people are constantly perpetrating little acts of violence on others, even when they don’t mean to. You almost never do that, Chihiro.”

What a beautiful book! This was one of my train reads last weekend and it touched me on a really personal level. It’s a love story, but it’s not the kind of love story that makes me squirm uncomfortably. It’s about two broken people – one more broken, one less – accepting their love for each other, and learning to trust that love. Which is maybe one of the most profound things ever. It’s a simply told story, in an honest tone. There’s a spooky house by the lake and a dark past and an awkward family history, but above all there’s a love that manages to avoid emotional violence, as hinted at in the quote above.

I think I can see (I just skimmed through some Goodreads reviews) how this book has the potential to come across as insipid or annoying, especially in terms of dialogue – but for me, it worked just right. Maybe it was my mood, maybe the train, but it was good.
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