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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Even though a lot of reviewers say nothing much happens, I think the philosophy and the ideas behind dealing with growing up, loss, death, change, are far more meaningful and moving than a plot with lots of twists. Marie has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled and occasionally cruel.

Maria ha vissuto la sua adolescenza con la madre in un paesino di mare, mentre il padre veniva a trovarla solo stugumi weekend. Jan 26, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I bought this translated into Italian and used an English translation of the Japanese to help read the Italian. Want to Read saving…. Non bajana credere di dover traslocare in un posto dove non ci fosse il mare.

Well, yoshimogo least not for me!

A Review of Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto – Compulsive Reader

The words she uses to describe Tsugumi–“sacred”, “adorable”, “enchanting”–they’re just not believable. Jun 17, shanghao rated it did not like it Shelves: One you enjoy staring at and twirling around in your hand, feeling every ridge and surface. And it feels unmistakably alive. What you receive from reading her novels are far from what you typically receive from American authors, even other Asian authors.

Ceaselessly, the thoughts of Maria drift to the sea, and every time she understands to appreciate the things around her.

A few simple words are enough to guide our imagination and create the scenery. Goodbye Tsugumi is a beguiling, resonant novel from one of the world’s finest young writers.


You glean their friendship from their conversations, from their exchanges and from what is not said.

Goodbye, Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

I especially liked how Banana uses smells and weather descriptions. 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 novel works as a brief interlude into the life of a person who is in chrysalis stage, who has yet to become herself, but who begins to discover, by virtue of contrast goodhye observation rather than any particular event, that the future is bright for her and that there is much to be grateful for.

She also has to confront both Tsugumi’s inner strength and the real possibility of losing her. Furthermore, while the narrator was easy to get to know and relate bbanana, the other characters lacked depth and rationale to their actions a lot of the time. Return to Book Page. Shortly after the move, Maria receives a call from Tsugumi to say that the family are selling the inn. Melancholia and felicity, hope and disappointment are often indissolubly mixed in this concoction.

Goodbye, Tsugumi

I got really tired of phrases like, “It just seemed right” and “I had a sudden instant of understanding”. Gem is the most accurate way to describe it, I’d say. Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana’s sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. You know, when you use phrases like that every three or four pages, they lose what little power they had to begin with.

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Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all The thing about people being charmed by Tsugumi is very common among psychopaths and sociopaths.

I loved “Kitchen” by this author but I actually prefer this book. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Things untold that hover in the back of your mind, and finishing the book does little to achieve a sense of completeness. Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan.



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. Y no deja de ser una historia un tanto absurda.

And just beside that dream the reiver continued to flow, and off in the distance the dark nighttime ocean stretched the glow banama the moon into a single gleaming road. It makes me wonder if this isn’t just some coincidence in writing style but perhaps the Japanese people are just yosnimoto that.

See 1 question about Goodbye Tsugumi…. How she changed with love! The breeze of a warm summer sea penetrated through the pages and I felt yoshmoto warmth saunter over me like a comforting blanket. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Un buon libro, ma non memorabile. Gem is the I first read Kitchen coupled with Moonlight Shadow and the more time passes, the more it solidifies into one of my favorite books.

To apologise didn’t exist in her vocabulary and when she finally did apologise, the world exploded with amazement. While the descriptions of scenery were well written, and Yoshimoto made some interesting and thought-provoking points, the characters spoilt the book for m I really wasn’t impressed by this book. Having said that, I’ve read different translations with the two books and the style is definitely different.