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The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
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Jan 15, 2012

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bookshelves: translation, aa-japanlit, society, aa-womanauthor, xshort-less-200, yoshimoto-banana, zz2005-to-2006, aa-asialit
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this book is pretty much consistent with all the yoshimoto i have read, primarily because i enjoyed ‘kitchen’ so much. that book seemed like a minimalist, stripped down, carnivalesque novel rather similar to a particular american author- whose works always seemed too long, banana is concise. i wonder of course about fidelity of translation, i do not know if this should be considered ya, but considering it took only one reading versus murakami’s 1q84 six, i think i like it more. i am not swayed by blurbs…

i do find it typical to most of japanese lit that there is often a hysterical- not comic but psychologically traumatized- dissonance between apparent action and emotional expression- but perhaps that highlights what readers want from this work: to ride through the turbulent, fantastic, unusual and emphatically emotive landscape of a sympathetic character not too unlike themselves. this is not a difficult book to find symbols hiding but in plain sight. if you want what seems to be a speciality of contemporary japanese lit- weird romances with allusive blurts of dialog, buried trauma, but not much plot- if you like yoshimoto, you will like this work.

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