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Pathos, nostalgia, the sense of exquisite banaa at the fleetingness of life are key elements of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, and all are themes central to Yoshimoto’s books. And this book was in between surreal and reality.

Some books are great, some are pretty good and some are written by Dan Brown. As Jane Austen, she describes the quotidian of her characters, but unlike her, what really matter is the way these things leave marks upon their amrit soul.

The loss of memory enables Sakumi to look at the world around her through a new pair of eyes, and although she does regain her memory slowly, the lack of detail in her memory forces her to reconsider her relationships with people and places.

And I kind of love Saseko although she’s somewhat a bit spooky. Amrits the characters are so well drawn that they will keep living after this particular window closes.

Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

Mar 06, Kaylee rated it it was ok. Her popular novels at least the ones that I have read were written in the 90s when Ms. Anche la trama all’inizio sembrava interessante: While this sounds negative and depressing, in fact the opposite is true; Sakumi uses this new knowledge of the temporary nature of life to focus on the positives and especially the here and now; she is able to live for the moment and enjoy life for what it is.

Banana YoshimotoRussell F. It doesn’t mean it gets better or worse. Reading Amrita feels as if you are reading the author’s personal diary entries.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But Amrita is much more feminine and warm than either of those authors works. The brush with mortality also brings her to consider life and death, and she comes to realise that all things – friendships, relationships, families – are transient and fleeting.


Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age. Most of her characters here have special powers — telepathic, clairvoyant, visionaries, etc. What I like the most in her writing is the simplicity, the way she describes life as this succession of happenings, related yozhimoto not to one another, something that does not necessarily makes sense, but that is part of the whole nevertheless.

She perfectly captures the contrast between a slow island culture in which past, future, and present seem to be the same thing; and then the narrator’s metropolitan life which seems busy for no reason. That may not be saying much considering how sparse ysohimoto prose in her other novels yozhimoto, but Amrita jumps in time and place quite often.

It was so various and unique– Noodle and Mesmer and even the Berries’ owner.

It takes patience and commitment to reading a Yoshimoto novel. The writing has a smooth haunting feeling that connects with your soul than your brain.

In this tale about a young woman amriga loses her memory and banama to reassess the way she is living her life, Yoshimoto blends elements of Buddhist theology and everyday philosophy to examine what it means to live in the present. So, it has to have a plot. Of course, the reason why my opinion of the book this time is so different to when I read it a couple of years ago has a lot more to do with me than with the book.

Aug 02, K. Also, this is more feminine for it is a chick lit. Her father is dead and step-father long gone. For me, it was just right. Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto is one of those books that is a terror to summarize.

Yoshimoto strong suit is perfectly describing moments Therefore, it was perhaps apt that I randomly decided to re-read ‘Amrita’ this week as Banana Yoshimoto’s novel, a departure from the usual novellas or collections of short stories, is especially concerned with reflection and taking stock of yoshijoto existence. No punchline or twist, nothing too profound, it was just baanna it is.


It is still okay. Amita review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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One of my most favourite books I’ve ever read! Life is as strange as a dream, and also as charming as one, no matter if a beautiful vision or the worst nightmare. Banana Yoshimoto is a talented writer. You need to be in the right mind set to really enjoy her writings.

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.

Each character was dealing with life and the lemons – brother learning to deal with his mystic powers, the lover who is learning to deal with the concept of happiness, the friend who pursues her heart against the society, the gifted singer who deals with ghosts.

This was my first Japanese book and so I had mentally prepared myself for a bit of mysticism and magical realism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The main character of this Yoshimoto book is quite similar to all of her novels: I rant to myself too sometimes just like Sakumi did, or probably I just got hypnotized by Mesmer. Her solution to her worries in life is just to go out and enjoy a night drinking with her boyfriend. Honestly, for me, there is almost nothing new or nothing to like in this book.

Yoshimoto may have that amritz sense of attention to details so she can take you to the scenes in the book like you are physically there. Published by Faber and Faber first published But I must say the part of Yoshio’s story was a bit bizarre to me.