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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,583 ratings  ·  305 reviews
A celebrated actress who has died in mysterious and shocking circumstances leaves behind an unconventional extended family that includes an older sister, a woman in her twenties through whose eyes the story unfolds; a young brother who possesses mystical powers; and a fiancé who is writing a novel with uncanny parallels to his own story.

'Her novels can have the effect of a
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published 2001 by Faber and Faber (first published 1994)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 02, 2011 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 24, 2010 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 rated it really liked it
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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Conejo Literario
No se que demonios fue exactamente lo que leí o como describirlo pero ME ENCANTÓ 💓.
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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Haiiro
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phân vân giữa 3* với 4* rồi tôi quyết định mình có thể thêm cho Amrita 1* vì những cảm xúc mà nó mang lại.
Lâu lâu mới quay lại với lối viết của Banana Yoshimoto, cảm giác cứ như gặp lại một người quen cũ - người mà mình từng rất gắn bó và thân thiết - sau thời gian dài xa cách vậy. Thật dễ chịu và ấm áp, mặc dù tôi không thể nói được là văn phong của Banana có gì đặc biệt để tác động tới tôi đến thế. Đôi khi trong cuộc sống thường nhật ta vẫn thường bắt gặp những tình huống hiển nhiên đến độ khô
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Mobyskine
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
In Sanskrit, Amrita means immortality. And this book was in between surreal and reality. I've read few magical realism before, but never one like this. A fresh kind of vibe.

Talking about plot, as what Yoshimoto said-- this book is very simple. It was about daily life and what's happening around. I love how it relates to most of familiar scenes in life-- people come and go, incidents happen, loneliness and betrayal, friendship and families, gifted and ungifted. As what Yoshimoto said in foreword
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Tenma
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: japan
It might be unfair to rate this novel so low when I skipped most of it, and will probably toss it away before I could finish it. It is not necessarily boring, rather, not interesting. I did not find any appeal in the story or the author's approach to narration.

Banana Yoshimoto is a talented writer. She is very popular in her native Japan and has a loyal following. Her writings however seem to target young women. Her popular novels (at least the ones that I have read) were written in the 90s whe
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Huy
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đọc lại Amrita ngay sau khi nghe xong Kitchen, ôi, đúng là chả nhớ gì ráo trọi. Nhưng cái cảm giác buồn bã êm đêm mà cuốn sách mang lại cho mình trong lần đọc đầu tiên và khiến mình trải nghiệm lại nên đọc lần thứ 2 vẫn còn đó.
Cuốn này mang nhiều tình tiết siêu thực quá bỗng dưng lại cảm thấy lạ lẫm, dù giọng văn mênh mang đẹp đẽ ấy vẫn là của Banana. Đọc cuốn này trong những ngày mưa và mùa hè đang đến cảm giác hợp ơi hợp.
Quỳnh Ngọc
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
NHẸ mà SÂU

Ai mà thích logic chặt chẽ với nhưng câu chuyện cụ thể, tình tiết cao trào thì không nên đọc cuốn này. Hoàn toàn không vì sẽ dẫn đến chán chết mất với cuốn sách mất.

Còn nếu yêu những thứ bề sâu, những câu chuyện hàng ngày nhỏ nhỏ thì đọc cuốn này rất hợp. Trong cuốn này, văn phong của Banana khá là nhẹ nhàng, những đoạn đối thoại thì siêu đáng yêu luôn ^^!
" - Chị Saku! Phải làm cái gì đó thôi! Một đêm, trên đường về nhà sau khi mò đi ăn đêm ở quán ramen quen thuộc, Mikiko nói.
- Ăn xon
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Sharon
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 06, 2016 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
Aug 10, 2015 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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Girish
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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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Miguel Lugo
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Banana Yoshimoto escribe con esa delicadeza llena de melancolía, algo que disfruto mucho de leer son sus epílogos, siento una cercanía hacia ella que termina por llenar el pequeño vacío que logra evocar durante la trayectoria de lectura. En éste libro no encontré dicho epílogo, pero al final, fue un libro que disfruté, mi gran pregunta era ¿Qué significa Amrita?.

Un libro lleno de misticismos, de tristeza, de apego hacia los demás, de vacíos que quedan después de la muerto de un ser querido y del
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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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Valkyrie Vu
Cuốn này là cuốn của Banana mà mình ít thích nhất. Chắc tại đọc trong tâm trạng vừa chia tay người yêu hay sao đó , khó tính với mọi thứ. Chỉ là mình cảm thấy cuốn này ít chất Banana quá, thấy như Banana đang cố gắng bắt chước Murakami hay sao đó, quăng vô một đống chi tiết siêu thực vô tội vạ, một đám người X-men để tăng tính siêu thực cho tác phẩm , cộng thêm một cô nữ chính có sở thích tao nhã là cảm thán cảnh thiên nhiên và nói nhảm về cuộc đời mình.

Một điều mình cực kỳ thích ở Banana là k
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Kaylee
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sandra
Sep 02, 2012 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.
Dusan
Jan 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Sadly, this Banana Yoshimoto failed my 100-page test.
Mrs. Fujiwara
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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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Ha  T.T.  Do
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freak. I thought it would take me forever to finish reading this book as I lost tracks a hundred times and still managed to find out what the title "Amrita" has anything related to the character. Of course I was amused by how random it is.
There are tons of details I couldn't skip and guess what, it made me entirely exhausted. I even had a nightmare of losing my beloved. It was so haunting of a book yet so random and trashy it can be.
Is this "Banana-maniac" everyone is talking about? Meh.
But I
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Trí Trần
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
http://blacksnow308.wordpress.com/201...

...Thực sự đây là một cuốn sách không khó để tìm ra những trích đoạn hay, những đoạn văn xuất sắc, những chi tiết chạm tới trái tim người đọc.

Nhưng Banana đã vướng phải một sai lầm mà bà đã mắc phải trong cuốn N.P trước đó, chính là sự quá dài dòng và lòng vòng trong cách triển khai câu chuyện. Thậm chí nếu nói cuốn N.P dài dòng 1, có lẽ Amrita phải dài dòng đến 3-4 lần...

Isa-janis
May 10, 2015 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.
Shinichi
Feb 02, 2008 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.
Jenny Jump
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my most favourite books I've ever read!
Kelly
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like Yoshimoto but I don't think this one lives up to her N.P., Lizard, and Kitchen. It's a saga of a Sakimu who injures herself and while recovering tells her story and her sister's and borther's.
Rezarta
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5
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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.

She gradua
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“I should have told her at the time. I could have taken a deep breath, looked away, and forced myself to say it.” 17 likes
“My loneliness was an important part of my own little universe, not some pathological disease that needs to be gotten [sic] rid of.” 9 likes
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