GOODBYE TSUGUMI. Banana Yoshimoto, Author, Michael Emmerich, Translator , trans. from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich. Grove $23 (p) ISBN. Banana Yoshimoto’s novels of young life in Japan have made her an international sensation. Goodbye Tsugumi is an offbeat story of a deep and complicated. Banana Yoshimoto found fame in when her wildly successful debut Goodbye Tsugumi, by Banana Yoshimoto, Translated by Michael.

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However, I am still planning to read and review some J-Lit, with posts on Japanese books scheduled for each TranslationThurs in January and possibly February too….

The story is narrated by Maria, a young woman whose early life was full of uncertainty due to her unusual home circumstances. The divorce finally comes through, and Maria and her parents begin a life as a real family in Tokyo, but part of her remains back on the coast.

Even though her new life is happy, she misses the time spent with her cousins Yoko and Tsugumi in her hometown. The announcement that the inn is to be sold, then, comes hsugumi a shock, and Maria heads off for one last golden summer before the ties with her childhood disappear forever.

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Tsugumi is a beautiful, frail young woman, ill since childhood, her tainted beauty a flame to the mothlike local youths. Tsugumi really was an unpleasant young woman. Friends and family alike are on tiptoe around her lest they provoke a reaction, and yet in a strange way, she has a certain undeniable appeal:.


Deep down inside, Tsugumi had this perfectly polished mirror, and she only believed in the things she saw reflected there. She never even considered anything else. And yet I liked her even so, and Pooch liked her, and probably everyone else around her liked her too. We all continued to be enchanted by her. Yes, summer was about to begin.

A season goodhye would come and go only once, and never return again.

All of us understood that very well, and yet we would probably just pass our days the way we always had. And this made the ticking of time feel slightly more tense than in the old days, infused it with a hint of distress.

We could all feel this as we sat there that evening, together. We could feel it so clearly that it made us sad, and yet at the same time we were extremely happy. There are none of the gimmicky supernatural, spiritual allusions or conversations that go nowhere; even the dreams which are mentioned here seem relevant which is certainly not the goodbyd elsewhere in her work.

What also surprised me in coming back tsuggumi this book I had read it several times, all prior to starting the blog was that the dialogue was not quite as childish and annoying as I had thought. Still, with no sign of more of her work appearing in English Bananamania seems to have faded somewhatthis looks like being the last of my Yoshimoto reviews. Ah, I had the impression you were underwhelmed by Yoshimoto Banana, but this seems to have been a pleasant surprise in the re-reading.

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Like Liked by 1 person. I read Kitchen and Lizard but quite a long time ago and remember finding them weird but entertaining Reading this post makes me keen to give her another go.

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Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

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‘Goodbye Tsugumi’: Banana Yoshimoto’s portrait of a feisty young woman in ’80s Japan

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