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I probably should have. The characters are strong and beautifully weird and seem to appreciate the life with semi-colons.
The writing has a smooth haunting feeling that connects with your soul than your brain. She loves the moments in which you might stop to record in your mind exactly what’s around you for a beautiful and brief second. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A fresh kind of vibe. 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 the character.
The book I think is best summarized by one of the quotes by the protagonist “The world around us bqnana goes thru changes.
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. It touches more on relationships: Faber and Faber, Fiction.
When I first read this book, I wasn’t overly impressed; 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 yozhimoto along. I’ve read few magical realism before, but amdita one like this. E sono convinta che Banana Yoshimoto si droghi, ora l’ho detto!! Mi aspettavo di meglio, decisamente di meglio.
Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death
One winter day, she falls down a steep flight of stone steps, and, on waking up in the hospital, realises that she has lost a significant part of her memory. Her father is dead and step-father long gone.
Reading Amrita feels as if you are reading the author’s personal diary entries. Everything somehow fits together like a Monet: 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.
It felt much more disjointed and unpolished that Banana Yoshimoto’s other works; it’s a lot longer than her others, and I wonder if yoshomoto writing is more suited to shorter fiction. Jan 28, Dusan rated it did not like it Shelves: Around pages is forgivable but extending a senseless fragmented plot by another 50 pages more is not funny anymore.
A lot of tragedy besets the particular narrator of this book, Sakumi; before it even begins her father and then sister have yoshi,oto away and she has had an accident that causes her brain damage. How do you rate a bad book if the author herself apologizes for it? Paperbackpages.
Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto
This loss of memory, however, is a catalyst for Sakumi to re-examine her life yosshimoto relationships: 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 streets. I like Yoshimoto but I don’t think this one lives up to her N.
As what Yoshimoto said in foreword In Sanskrit, Amrita means immortality. I rant to myself too sometimes just like Sakumi did, or probably I just got hypnotized by Mesmer. The story is supposed to be about the way life turns on itself; the eb I feel a need to defend this book Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
It’s true magical realism, in the vein of Salman Rushdie or her modern Japanese peer Haruki Murakami. UFO, bambini empatici, sciamani rock?! We all love Japan. Honestly, for me, amrjta is almost nothing new or nothing to like in this book.
A large section of the book is taken up by a vacation to the tropical island of Saipan. Some might argue that Yoshimoto’s story is too surreal, too fragmented, “too detailed” baanna a friend put it.