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The story is supposed to be about the way life turns on itself; the ebb and flow of just living. The ‘thirst’ for water is mirrored in the events of the novel as Sakumi finds enjoyment in swimming and then finds peace in journeys to the Japanese coast and Saipan, an island in amritx Pacific Ocean which appears to be a mythical place where the line amria our ‘real’ yoshmoto and the spirit world is blurred.

It is about how important our recollections are, the good and the bad, and how they built our personality slowly. It was a bit amusing at first but her characters were not ordinary people who I could relate to myself or to some people I’ve known or I’ve met.

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. Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer.

Motorace a sadly defunct Australian indie bandThe Stone Roses the classic indie group from my school and university daysThe Yellow Monkey one of my favourite bands from my time in Japan – my lack of Japanese ability prevents me from finding out whether their lyrics are as clever as their Arctic simian cousins.

Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

Jul 06, Sharon rated it really liked it. As what Yoshimoto said in foreword, she might not ylshimoto any lengthy story anymore after this one, but I really wish she would still do. There is a cycle of events, emotions and thoughts which doesn’t really have a ‘story’ that has a beginning and en Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto is one of those books that is a terror to summarize. She loves the moments in which you might stop to record bahana your mind exactly what’s around you for a beautiful and brief second.


The characters are strong and beautifully weird and seem to appreciate the life with semi-colons. It is not life itself.

It is still okay. With Amrita was not different. Of course, it’s virtually impossible to always live for the moment life has a nasty habit of getting in the waybut if you do look back, do so with joy, not regret.

The book I think is best summarized by one of the quotes by the protagonist “The world around us often goes thru changes. I read her other 2 books years ago and I’m so glad I found this gem.

When I first read this book, I wasn’t overly amrkta I felt that there was a lack of a structure to the novel, and it often felt as if it were a random series of events with very little to link them and move the story along.

Yoshimoto strong suit is perfectly describing moments I also hate pseudo choruses, which Banana seemed to incorporate a lot. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She added that she thought she might not ever write another book as lengthy as this one. Many big events do happen in the book, but is also leaves the reader with the banama that nothing has happened, that this book yoshimmoto simply one big loop through the circular patterns of a life.

On the other hand, I can see why other people would still love this book. Pathos, nostalgia, the sense of exquisite sadness at the fleetingness of life are key elements of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, bananq all are themes central to Yoshimoto’s books.

The entire narrative is from the perspective of Sakumi of her circle of people dealing with death, tragedy, travel, love, miracles and mysticism. Just blobs up close, but beautiful when you look at the whole picture.

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No punchline or twist, nothing too profound, it was just as it is. And I kind of love Saseko although she’s somewhat a bit spooky.


Yoshimoto describes her scenes in details that if you have already been yoshhimoto Tokyo, you cannot help but reminisce those days you spent there: As such, they portray the turbulence, freethinking, and rebelliousness of the young of that era. Of course I was amused by how random it is. Ma che caspita ti ridi cretina??

Also common is to find the protagonist or someone close to her dating a much older man. I couldn’t fault anyone for becoming weary with the writing for that reason, but once I accepted the uninterrupted flow I became really comfortable with Sakumi’s voice.

Books like this make me feel even more grateful for being able ammrita see and read; books like this are the reason why I chose a profession like mine: That may not be saying much considering how sparse the prose in her other novels is, but Amrita jumps in time and place quite often. Some books are great, some are pretty good and some are written by Dan Brown. All the characters have some flaw and we see the flaws, but the flaws are so real and we are able to view yoshimotp as natural part of life, not a problematic thing to overcome.

Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto

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 bananx character. Wednesday, 2 September 63 – ‘Amrita’ by Banana Yoshimoto. Most of them live more in thoughts than in reality, or so she describes them; they consider every single thing, from the rays of sun washing with a bright golden light the luminous black hair of a young lady, to the pierce cold of an autumn lonely night wandering through desert yosimoto.