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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  7,097 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Banana Yoshimoto has a magical ability to animate the lives of her young characters, and here she spins the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake. A third finds h ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published 2001 by Gardners Books (first published 1989)
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Zanna
I find Banana Yoshimoto's style so distinctive, full of feelings and sensations expressed with touching openness, so unassuming and informal. Under this limpid surface, as under the millpond skin of fairytale, meanings proliferate like living fishes, flickering in and out of view. The story is gifted to the reader with humble generosity; I have this for you, the giver says, and what you'll use it for isn't up to me.

There are some moments when corroborations give the little narratives what feels
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Jr Bacdayan
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Close your eyes. Listen to your slow breathing. Inhale. Exhale. A small pull in your mind is telling you not to open your eyes anymore. Maybe lie down, take a break, relax a little. You are tired, rest for a while. You feel an entrancing call. It’s a small tug, but it is very compelling, even enchanting, and before you know it you are asleep. Resting, recharging, but now defenseless, powerless. Vulnerable to your own unconscious with its own unpredictable will to never give up control to your co ...more
Caroline
3.5 out of 5

AFTER reading Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (cutest name ever) I was really looking forward to reading more by her. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much but it was still fun to read. She writes of contemporary life but also dips into magical realism. The book follows three different women who are bewitched in some way into a spiritual sleep- one finds herself sleepwalking at night, one finds her sleep haunted by the ghost of a woman whom she was once pitted against in a love triangle
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juan carlos
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hace más de 3 años que leí este libro, y algo en mi interior me dijo que necesitaba releerlo y me volvió a encantar como la primera vez que lo leí, ya que BANANA YOSHIMOTO, sabe envolverte en la atmósfera de la soledad y la depresión que todos alguna vez sentimos.

¿Para qué leer Sueño profundo?

1. Para adentrarte a 3 historias que te muestras perfectamente el sentido de la soledad y la melaconlia, desde el hecho de perder a un hermano con corazón roto, una pareja bastante toxica y una amistad ent
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Angela
Jul 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-authors
I don't really know what to say about Asleep. It was my first Banana Yoshimoto book and while I didn't dislike it, I didn't necesarily find anything in particular to like about it.

It was weird in that way that Japanese literature is usually weird, and usually I'm okay with that. Asleep consists of three short stories (or maybe novellas?) and none of them really have any ending to them. Normally, I'm okay with the ambiguous ending that Japanese authors like so much, but having three stories back
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Jinn
Quy trình đọc Banana của tôi đại loại nó thường thế này. Vào đầu sẽ nghĩ ngay "thôi cái kiểu văn cô Chuối nó đây rồi, không lẫn đi đâu được". Trong lúc đọc thì lại thi thoảng (nếu không nói là thường xuyên) ngớ ra, "hả, đang nói đến cái gì vậy" *thế là phải lộn lại ít dòng coi sao*. Nhưng luôn luôn, càng gần đến cuối, dù nhân vật có khác người đến mấy, tôi vẫn có thể nhập thẳng vào họ mà trải nghiệm cho hết câu chuyện. Cảm thông như thể đã từng trải qua rồi. Mà Banana theo tôi nhớ thì con bà hìn ...more
Gabril
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Il mio nemico, evidentemente, sono io.
Nella mia coscienza che svaniva, ne ebbi la certezza. Il sonno assorbiva la mia forza vitale, soffocandomi dolcemente, come una coltre di ovatta. Black out.”

Tre racconti di sospensione, tre storie borderline, in bilico lungo il confine tra il buio e la luce. Di questi “Sonno profondo” è il più suggestivo.
Sergsab
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La languidez e invisibilidad sintáctica de Banana Yoshimoto encuentra la compañía perfecta en estas historias de mujeres cuyas vidas se drenan poco a poco por un vacío que no consiguen controlar. La vida cotidiana las alcanza y las destroza, dejando tras de sí, cuerpos inertes que susurran en sueños la lista de todo aquello que han perdido. Y hay tantos elementos en dichas enumeraciones que los ojos permanecen demasiado tiempo cerrados.

Compuesto por tres cuentos independientes, pero con una temá
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Huyen Pham
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
Lời cảnh báo ở bìa sau cuốn sách về chuyện đừng nên đọc vào ban đêm vì sẽ bị cuốn vào giấc ngủ sâu ma mị là hoàn toàn đúng. Mình đã nghe theo, chỉ đọc vào buổi sáng trong một chuỗi ngày tỉnh táo, không ngủ ngày; nhưng không biết là vì cuốn sách hay sự thả lỏng, thoải mái khi về nhà trong đợt nghỉ 2/9 hay là cả hai đã khiến mình ngủ trưa, hay đúng hơn là có những giấc ngủ chiều kéo dài, nặng nề và không thể cưỡng lại, cho tận đến lúc dậy cả người vẫn như đang lơ lửng không thể thoát ra.

Đây là trả
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Estcavi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Quizás es de las que menos me ha gustado de la autora.
Me gusta centrarme en una historia y al llevar 3, siempre te quedas con ese gustito amargo de seguir con algo más.
personalmente la mejor ha sido la primera.
Lo que está claro es que Banana Yoshimoto tiene un sello característico en todas sus novelas, con un mundo onirico y un retrato hacia la vacuidad de la vida.
Trata temas existencialistas como el suicidio, pero de manera muy sencilla, son historias de personajes, no importa nada la trama sin
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Victoria Mars
La prima Banana cada vez que está gustando más.
La sensación que provoca con sus relatos es conmovedora. Me sentí en medio de un limbo al leer el primer cuento, precisamente el que le da nombre al libro.

También me fascina a veces la idea de no despertar jamás, de ir pudriéndome y desaparecer en la eternidad. Tal vez esté poseída por el sueño. Igual que Shiori estaba poseída por su trabajo. Me da miedo pensarlo.

Phạm Ngọc Hà
"Tại sao vậy nhỉ? Tại sao bóng đêm tựa như một sợi dây chun, có thể giãn dài ra mãi và mềm mại, còn buổi sáng lại không hề độ lượng và cứ sắc lẻm vậy?"

"Say ngủ" là tập truyện ngắn gồm ba truyện "Say ngủ", "Lữ khách giữa hai màn đêm" và "Một trải nghiệm". Cả ba đều liên quan đến giấc ngủ (dĩ nhiên).
Trong "Say ngủ", nhân vật chính Terako là một cô nàng nghiện ngủ, bạn thân cô là Shiori làm cái nghề kì lạ là nằm bên cạnh khách để canh cho họ ngủ ngon (tuyệt đối không được chợp mắt) và vợ của tình n
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Malcolm
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Much of Yoshimoto’s work is characterised by pathos, sadness, emptiness and yearning in the sense that many of her characters seem to be missing something or someone, searching or somehow slightly incomplete. She continues this theme-among-the-young in these three novellas (according to the marketing blurb) or long short stories (I remain unclear exactly what a novella might be) about young women – all, it seems, in their early- to mid-20s – dealing with loss and sacrifice over which they have l ...more
Devastatingwildness
"Sueño profundo" el mejor de los tres cuentos. En estas tres historias los personajes están de una forma u otra 'alienados' (no sé encontrar una palabra mejor). La primera chica no deja de dormir, la segunda vaga por las calles, la tercera se emborracha. Han terminado con esa forma de enfrentarse a sí mismas y a su realidad, aunque esto acaba antes de que sea demasiado tarde para ellas. Unos personajes que parecen muy de nuestros días.
Daniel
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ay Banana me volviste a re-encantar, con tan poco puedes hacer tanto. Los caminos del ensueño son misteriosos.
Houdini
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Μπανάνα Γιοσιμότο, μτφρ Ιλάειρα Διονυσοπούλου,εκδόσεις Καστανιώτη)

Άλλο ένα βιβλίο της Γιοσιμότο,Όμως αυτήν την φορά ήταν διαφορετικό-καλά,όχι ακριβώς ,περίπου.Ομολογώ ότι δίσταζα να ξαναδιαβάσω κάτι δικό της,Τα προηγούμενα δύο βιβλία της μου άφησαν μια μέτρια εντύπωση.Έτσι ξεκίνησα το ''Γυναίκες σε λήθαργο'' με κάποιες επιφυλάξεις.Και έπειτα ενθουσιάστηκα.

Βέβαια όταν λέω διαφορετικό για να μην υπάρχουν παρεξηγήσεις,
διευκρινίζω:τίποτα δεν είναι διαφορετικό!Οι ίδιες συγγραφικές εμμονές,οικογένεια
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Viviana
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tre splendidi racconti da custodire e rileggere nei momenti di sconforto. “Sonno profondo”, “Viaggiatori nella notte” e “Un’esperienza”. Sono questi i titoli di cui si compone la raccolta. La notte è il filo conduttore della narrazione. Notti in cui le protagoniste si ritrovano a fare i conti con loro stesse, con il dolore di un lutto, il terrore della solitudine e la ricerca di una nuova speranza.
Il primo è, a mio parere, il più intenso. Nell’affrontare la tematica della morte di un’amica e del
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Madelyn Marie
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
I've read three Yoshimoto books and seven stories altogether. I love the way she writes women. I love her writing: it's simplistic in structure and vocabulary but it's piercing. Her imagery is mainly based in nature and there's always this kind of feeling that the events of the story are separate from reality. These people are living out their lives quietly in a separate little pocket of existence. Sometimes there's magical realism, sometimes not, but it never overwhelms and it's never overt in ...more
Zuzia
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria
Quizás no sea el mejor libro de Banana Yoshimoto, pero sí el que me hizo sentir mas triste... al final todo lo que comienza llega a su fin, y es inevitable perder lo que amamos, llámese destino, azar, causa o consecuencia. Quizás el famoso "Maktub" si existe, y nada ocurre por casualidad. Este libro me enseñó eso que si algo no está "destinado" a ser simplemente no lo será :(

"Él, el presagio de nuestro gran amor. En aquel instante comprendí en toda su dimensión lo que existía entre ambos. Y ento
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Carla
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo amé. Me gustó tanto que hasta me tomo la molestia de escribirle una reseña... Prosa simple, pero maravillosa (supongo que así será también en el original en japonés, pero la traducción al español me gustó). Theme: el título lo dice todo. El sueño como conciliador, consolador (sin albur) y hasta místico. Sobre el amor, conocer la tristeza más profunda y ser capaz de recuperarse y seguir adelante (eso tenía un nombre que me enseñaron en mis clases de la universidad, pero... ah, ¡¡epifanía!!, co ...more
Booklunatic
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, diogenes
3,5 Sterne

Die erste (titelgebende) Geschichte gefiel mir am besten. Die anderen beiden waren zwar ebenfalls atmosphärisch faszinierend, haben mir abee inhaltlich nicht so viel gegeben.
Marko
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Banana ne prestaje fascinirati, izvrsno.
мεgяεร.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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Lelena
Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Prima di scrivere questo commento sono andata qua e là spulciando recensioni che mi facessero capire cosa piace di questa autrice che io trovo così priva di talento. Perché non si tratta di amare o meno un determinato genere: c'è chi adora gli horror, io personalmente a quarantun'anni non guardo sotto il letto prima di andare a dormire solo perché ho il letto-contenitore e vedere il caos che c'è dentro mi farebbe venire incubi peggiori delle peggiori creature diaboliche che la mente malata di qu ...more
Matt
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
With a synopsis that promises fantastical elements of plot, it's best not to come into this book expecting Murakami levels of surrealism. This "novel" could better be described as 3 thematically-connected novellas, as none of their plots intersect, and their only connections are the shared meditations on death, loss, and sleep.

Banana Yoshimoto's writing is great though, simple but expressive. No use of complex metaphors here, but she knows how to maintain a slow-burn in describing the sad lives
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Timothy Hallinan
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Three amazing stories -- novellas, really -- about women and sleep -- sleepwalking, sleeplessness, and haunted sleep. Yoshimoto has one of the most delicate touches in fiction, layering implications and textures into dream landscapes that don't resemble the work of any other writer I know, although this particular book has been compared to Haruki Murakami. But Yoshimoto is her own writer.
Fabia Consorti
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Banana Yoshimoto è il classico scrittore che o si ama o si odia. Per me questo libro almeno è un sì, anche se posso immaginare perché a molti non sia piaciuto: in queste storie non succede niente, sono i racconti di stato d'animo particolari e non la descrizione di fatti. Una volta che si entra in quest'ottica il libro è bellissimo e scorrevole.
Maca Duque
Disfruto las historias, los detalles japoneses (como las comidas y los rituales tradicionales). La atmósfera.
Sin embargo siento el artificio. No sé si tenga que ver con problemas de traducción pero me siento leyendo algo falso en ocasiones. No sé qué pasa con Banana para que siga queriendo leer algo que me hace sentir así.
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Three melancholy tales about the lonely interior lives of women who live lives outside convention. Yoshimoto has a distinctive voice throughout them all, capturing the frustrated ambition and listlessness that grief can bring with it. Full review to come.
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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).)

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 independence from a young age.

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“Her eyes were those of someone who's just fallen in love, someone who sees nothing but her lover, someone who has no fear of anything. The eyes of someone who believes that every dream will come true, that reality will move if you just give it a push.” 98 likes
“I never tell my boyfriend that I'm busy when I'm not. No matter how effective they are, cheap techniques like that just don't agree with me. So it's always okay, it's always all right. In my opinion the surest way to hook a man is to be as open with him as possible.” 73 likes
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