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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  6,242 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
The New York Daily News has called Asleep "enchanting, surreal ... Yoshimoto brings readers to another powerful, atmospheric place." Demonstrating again the artful simplicity and depth of her vision, Banana Yoshimoto reestablishes her place as a writer of international stature in a book that may be her most delightful since Kitchen. In Asleep, Yoshimoto spins the stories o ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published August 31st 2000 by Grove Press (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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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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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
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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Angela
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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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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Houdini
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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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Malcolm
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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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Zuzia
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
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.
Marko
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Banana ne prestaje fascinirati, izvrsno.
мεgяεร.
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Matt
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
Asleep is an #OwnVoices Japanese literature novel that’s a part of the magical realism genre. It’s also a small collection of three short stories written by Banana Yoshimoto, who’s a female author.

The first two stories were very interesting to me and I enjoyed them immensely. The third story, which is the title story, did not appeal to me at all once I began reading it. In this post, you can find mini-reviews for each story with their ratings, as well as my overall rating for the book as a who
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Minh Thư
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hay nhất trong tất cả tác phẩm Banana mình từng đọc, chưa bao giờ văn cô dễ thấu cảm như thế, dễ đi sâu vào lòng mình như thế. Một Banana vừa mơ màng vừa phức tạp, kể chuyện như thể người đi trong mơ.
Nayra Valadez
Este libro nos relata tres historias que comparten características entre ellas, como lo son los sueños y la muerte de un ser querido.

Lectura ligera, lo terminé en un par de horas.
Concertina
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novelas, asiáticos, women
Mi primera autora japonesa. Me pareció muy interesante ver la visión entre un japonés y una japonesa sobre la belleza de las relaciones humanas. Este libro se centra en la soledad, en el pasar de la vida y cómo todo es tan rápido que personas van y vienen, mueren y llegamos a tal punto dónde queremos volver a hablar sobre trivialidades porque ya no sabemos qué estamos haciendo.
Israel Montoya Baquero
Tres historias independientes, con un nexo comun: el sueño, en las que Yoshimo excava en lo mas profundo del corazon humano para mostrarnos, de alguna manera, las emociones que alli se esconden.
Liviu
3 novellas dealing with haunted sleep by the death of a friend/lover - all written in the first person narration by a young woman, though she is not always the haunted one

the first novella Night and Night's Travelers is superb and among the best shorter (~65 pages) pieces of fiction I've ever read; the narrator here is Shibami - currently a university student - who mourns for her older brother Yoshihiro who had died a while ago in a car accident; popular with women, Yoshihiro is ultimately attra
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Ursula Florene
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What distinguish Japanese writers from other countries'? That lingering emptiness in your heart once the book reaches its final page.

And Asleep is one of them. My encounter with Banana Yoshimoto's work happened years ago; when I found out my lecturer was the book translator-editor. Well, not Asleep but Kitchen ; which also bring Yoshimoto's name to international reader.

At that time, I was EXTREMELY familiar with Murakami's work and literally linked all Japanese literature to his. In my mind
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Mark
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
moody flighty woman talks about herself and weird people in her life. 3 stories in one book. this is the second time i've read this book. if you like weird stuff and weird people read Banana Yoshimoto. For example ... "I felt like I'd just woken up a moment ago, and everything looked so clear and beautiful it was frightening. Everything really was gorgeous. Those crowds of people walking through the night, the light from the paper lanterns dotting the arcade, the line of my boyfriends forehead a ...more
Israel Pompa-Alcalá
Una belleza absoluta. Banana Yoshimito (dueña de una prosa prodigiosamente sencilla) describe con soltura y maestría los diversos estados del sueño en este libro: a veces pausados, tranquilos, profundos, etéreos y a veces perturbadores, raros, sin sentido. Sueño Profundo revela a una autora de una sensibilidad apabullante: todo lo escrito evoca imágenes, sonidos, rostros. Pareciera que uno contemplara el caer de las hojas de los cerezos.
Otro hallazgo: los autores japoneses no hacen literatura:
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Plainqoma
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Beautifully sad and lonely yet at the same time it will haunt you. The stories rich with emotional states of the main characters. I adore the way she conveys her stories from past, future to present without making the readers confused.

" I really fall for that kind of thing, for good manners. I have this feeling that people like that never do anything truly awful to anyone else. "
M.E. Funke
Why do I take so long to review things... anyways. I really wanted to love this book, I did. I tend to romanticize the night and sleep a lot, so I thought this would satisfy it, and I think Yoshimoto is a good writer, but some of the lines were so goddamn corny for me, it killed it. I tested up sometimes, like I always do, but my god... that corn. It wasn't a waste of time at least? Beware: Corn. Occasional corn.
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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.” 91 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.” 71 likes
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