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Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
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Apr 07, 2007

it was amazing

"Kitchen" is a great little novella, and reading it is like having an old friend come to stay with you for a few days out of the blue. That one friend who had just the perfect quirky turn of phrase, the oddly poetic outlook on things like noodles and shoelace-tips. Yoshimoto's writing has matured since "Kitchen," but this story remains fresh and thoughtful, charming and simple and deep. My favorite part of the book, though, isn't the title novella but the one included after it, "Moonlight Shadow." The story is tight, the characters compelling, the noodles savory. "Moonlight Shadow" is a brief work about grief and nostalgia, but also about kindness, and about how you just go on because you have to, and about the things you learn as you step further away from grief. The grief of leaving grief, I guess. Even if "Kitchen" doesn't enchant you (which it should), the second story alone is worth buying the book.
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message 1: by shuchi (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:58AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

shuchi vyas Wow, I just love the way you described both Kitchen and Moonlight Shadow. First thing I want to do when I get home today is read it agian. Thanks! Cheers, Shuchi

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