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ISBN: 2743608625
ISBN 13: 9782743608620
By: Banana Yoshimoto

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About this book

In these six stories, the author of Tugumi and NP explores themes of time, healing and fate, and how her urban, sophisticated, independent young men and women come to terms with them. The stories are a blend of traditional Japanese and contemporary popular culture.

Reader's Thoughts

Felixthecat_974

Sei racconti della Yoshimoto. Sei gocce di un profumo soave che inebria i sensi. E' come quando, camminando per strada ci facciamo guidare dall'olfatto. All'inizio percepiamo qualcosa, una profumo, un odore, una scia che ci porta a deviare dai nostri percorsi abituali. I nostri sensi sono stuzzicati, incuriositi e iniziamo se seguire la scia, in un crescendo di sensazioni, senza però capire dove potrà portarci. Fino ad arrivare, alla fine, a scoprire cosa l'ha generata.Con questi racconti è lo stesso. Partono piano, in sordina, per poi crescere di intensità emotiva, fino ad arrivare all'ultima storia, per me la più bella della raccolta.Mi piace il modo di scrivere della Yoshimoto, il suo analizzare l'intimo.

Tyna

Lần đầu tiên đọc xong tập truyện của Banana mà không cảm thấy nỗi ám ảnh day dứt đến mức không làm gì được.

Jeridel Banks

Banana Yoshimoto's books are filled with surreal images, personal interactions, and drama contained in a shell of a book. Lizard--a collection of short stories--is not this book. Unlike Kitchen, N.P., and Asleep, Lizard lacks character development, story development, and climax. In each story, Yoshimoto tells you the story rather than allowing you to experience the story. It feels closer to a teenager's journal: not believable and not memorable. If you like Yoshimoto's books, you can skip Lizard. You won't be missing anything.

Paula

So unfortunately I did that thing I always do where I don't write the review right after I read a book. And now it's 3 weeks later and I'm straining my brain to remember what I wanted to say about the book. Sorry I'm dumb.This was the second book I read by Yoshimoto (my first was Kitchen which I loveeeed) and I really enjoyed it. That's saying a lot for me too because I don't usually enjoy short stories.I'm not sure what exactly I can say that will properly imprint how the book left me feeling. Her writing is beautiful and exact. Short and to the point, and yet still capable of making me remind myself to breathe after a passage makes lose my breath. The stories in Lizard aren't exactly related to each other- rather they all are focused around the idea of hope. She gives us snap shots of someone despairing- either because a drab day or because of life in general - and then ends the story with a glimmer of hope that makes you smile. This whole book makes the attempt to show you that things will be okay.For example the first story shows us a man on the train who is disappointed with his life. He doesn't want to go home to his wife. He's considering just riding the train until the end of the line. Getting off there and starting all over. A random person sits down next to him and starts asking him about his wife and reminding him of the reasons he fell in love with her in the first place. This whole book is like that. There is nothing extraordinary happening. No big revelations. Just snap shots of people going on and making the most of what they have.Since I'm not sure if I am doing a good job explaining this book, I'll leave you with my favorite quote. When I read it, I flipped the page back and read it again. And then I called my best friend and read it to him. I probably would have read it to anyone walking past my porch at the time too. “Your love is different from mine. What I mean is, when you close your eyes, for that moment, the center of the universe comes to reside within you. And you become a small figure within that vastness, which spreads without limit behind you, and continues to expand at tremendous speed, to engulf all of my past, even before I was born, and every word I've ever written, and each view I've seen, and all the constellations, and the darkness of outer space that surrounds the small blue ball that is earth. Then, when you open your eyes, all that disappears. I anticipate the next time you are troubled and must close your eyes again. The way we think may be completely different, but you and I are an ancient, archetypal couple, the original man and woman. We are the model for Adam and Eve. For all couples in love, there comes a moment when a man gazes at a woman with the very same kind of realization. It is an infinite helix, the dance of two souls resonating, like the twist of DNA, like the vast universe. Oddly, at that moment, she looked over at me and smiled. As if in response to what I'd been thinking, she said, "That was beautiful. I'll never forget it.” All in all it was a quick and satisfying read. Pick it up if you get a chance. 3.5 stars Review also on: http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

Laura

Banana Yoshimoto always delivers something I cannot find in works by any other author. There's a dreamy yet profound atmosphere around the stories she tells. This collection of stories, especially, isn't so much about the story as it is about the human experience. She has a great gift for getting emotion on paper, most of all the emotions we can't really put our finger on. Also, she doesn't judge. And that is pretty rare too.I can't say I'll remember these stories very well. In fact, I've already forgotten the "plot" of most. But the overall experience was just phenomenal! Fleeting, but phenomenal.

Kaille

I'm beginning to think I have a weakness for short fiction...This book covers so many bases at once. It tells a handful of different kinds of love stories: the woman who heals because she can also kill, and the man who loves her despite her strangeness; the woman who used to be addicted to sex, and is now ready to leave it all behind for a man who gave up the business life to spend with her; the woman who had an affair, and who's lover DID leave his wife for her, despite statistics. Each one is unique and has its own way of showing people drawn together.

Morgen

I forgot about Banana Yoshimoto! Must keep reading Banana!

The Frahorus

Sei racconti intorno al tempo, alla guarigione, al destino, al fato, immersi in una Tokyo sfolgorante di luci notturne e pulsante di vita. I protagonisti sono accumunati dalla stessa sorte: tutti in qualche modo feriti si sono chiusi in un guscio che li protegge, ma contemporaneamente li separa dal mondo, impedendo loro di agire e di interagire con gli altri. Ma sensazioni dimenticate si affacciano alla memoria, la vita, prima paralizzata, ricomincia a scorrere rivelando la catartica necessità di entrare finalmente in azione e di fare i conti con il passato. E' alle soglie di questa trasformazione che lo sguardo di Banana Yoshimoto si posa sui suoi enigmatici personaggi per raccontarne il disagio, l'angoscia, la liberazione.Ecco i sei racconti: 1) Giovani sposi; 2) Lucertola; 3) Spirale 4) Sogno con Kimchee; 5) Sangue e acqua; 6) Strana storia sulla sponda del fiume.Dopo Kitchen, Il corpo sa tutto e Sonno profondo ho messo gli occhi su questo, Lucertola. E devo essere sincero: la Yoshimoto, almeno secondo il mio modestissimo parere, non delude mai. Riesce sempre a narrare con quel suo stilo inconfondibile e particolare storie, in questo caso, di coppie non in crisi, ma, come dice la trama, che stanno subendo una trasformazione. Stavolta, però, non vince il dolore ma la speranza. E questo è, secondo me, il leit-motiv di questi racconti brevi: che dopo la tempesta, c'è sempre il sole che riscalda. In Giovani sposi troviamo il marito di Atsuko che, in metropolitana, si prepara a scendere alla sua fermata per rientrare a casa ma fa un incontro particolare che gli risveglierà l'amore per sua moglie. In Lucertola il fidanzato di una pranoterapeuta, denominata "Lucertola" perchè ha un tatuaggio di quel simpatico animaletto, riflette sui traumi infantili che hanno come protagonista le madri di entrambi. In Spirale troviamo uno scrittore in crisi che si ri-innamora della sua fidanzata. In Sogno con Kimchee una ragazza depressa si rincuora col fidanzato gustando un ottimo piatto coreano, il kimchee, appunto. In Sangue e acqua una ragazza fugge via dai genitori per trasferirsi nella caotica Tokyo dove conoscerà un ragazzo che costruisce amuleti portafortuna. In Strana storia sulla sponda del fiume una ragazza ritrova dei ricordi d'infanzia su un particolare fiume.

David

Yoshimoto has a wonderful flow to her prose. I could seriously read her all day. The narrative voices are interesting and different. I'll definitely be checking out her other work at some point soon.

Kelly

- I was reminded of her separateness, a being with different organs, bundled in a different sheath of skin, who has dreams at night that are nothing like my own. -glass, asphalt, mailboxes, guardrails, fingernails, the display windows of department stores, sunlight reflected off the windows of tall buildings. Those days, everything looked beautiful to me, and good. The things around me appeared distinct, their outlines graced by a fragrant presence. I could feel the excitement, that exhiliration deep inside. When I closed my eyes, I saw waves of energy swirling about, like patterns in a marble block.

Chris

5 starsI loved every story in this collection. The audience is for mid-twenties adults who feel lost, incomplete, displaced, or sinful and, through the love and acceptance of a spouse, come to terms with their feelings and find peace. I could relate to some of these feelings and these made me me hopeful.There are hints of magical realism in some of the stories which added a charming element of uniqueness to some of the characters and stories. And I admit I'm a sucker for magical realism.The description wasn't too few or too many and were purposeful. Some stories were predictable but that's irrelevant. Each was well executed and absorbing.Overall a quick 2 - 3 hour read that was well worth it.

Lottie Eve

I decided to read Lizard as my introduction to Banana Yoshimoto’s work because of the Japanese Literature Challenge’s Short Stories theme for July. And I have to say, reading Lizard was quite the experience. This anthology had a very dreamy, peaceful feel to it that also came with an air of melancholy. The stories in this book are not exactly happy and they are not exactly sad either. It was strange, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.In Lizard, there are six stories. A story about a man on a train meeting an incredible person, a story about a couple with dark childhood secrets, a story about a man and woman talking about memories and how to know which ones are necessary, a story about a woman who is in a relationship with a married man, a story about a lady who runs away from the village her parents spent ten years of their life in, and a story about a woman who escapes from a life filled with parties and sex.These short stories that are compiled in Lizard were written to be literary. The conflicts can be vague at times and sometimes not even faced. The short stories just tell what happened in the days the reader gets to see of a certain character, though there is always something to be taken and put into the heart from them. I liked that about Lizard. How it’s only goal was to depict only a number of days of a character’s life, and after it succeeded in that, it was the reader’s turn to reflect on them.From what I got see from Yoshimoto’s writing from the translation, I feel that her writing is the kind of writing that makes a person feel very light inside. I find it hard to explain, but for some reason I feel very light whenever I read a passage from Lizard. It was like being taken by the hand and guided. And some passages are just simply beautiful. And yes, I am still quite taken by her name.“At that moment, I was truly without words. I realized that the world didn’t exist by virtue of my mind. On the contrary, he and I and everyone were swept up in a great whirlpool, swirling around constantly and not knowing where we’re bound.” -Pg. 172Short review is short, but I just wanted to share my experience with Lizard in a few short paragraphs. It was a beautiful anthology and I do not regret reading it. In fact, I am eagerly awaiting the next change to read a full-length story by Banana Yoshimoto.

Turner

This is the second book that I have read by Banana Yoshimoto, the first being Kitchen, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a collection of short stories, and I really breezed through it very quickly. Her writing style is almost effortless, yet upon closer examination one can always find deeper meaning: it is by no means shallow or superficial. In addition all of the stories she tells are absolutely fascinating, and the always have so many layers, that by the time you get to the end of the story, you are so far from where you thought you would end up when you started reading it. I think my favourite story was probably Lizard. It surprised, brought a tear to my eye, and I even found myself laugh at a few moments. And, the characters were so interesting, so complex, so human. This book was a true pleasure to read.

Keely Hyslop

In these stories Yamamoto explores the relationship of hope, expectation, and ritual to love relationships. There's always a mystical element added to the stories to keep them from feeling stale or melodramatic. Her writing style is witty and engaging though there's always an undertone of wistfulness and longing in the undertone.One story about a newly wed young man who meets an ancient mystical creature when he stays on the subway past his stop because for the first time ever he isn't looking forward to going home was apparently serialized in a series of advertisements on the Tokyo subway. Wish American advertising was that awesome.

Amari

Yes and no and yes and no... I was concerned about the apparent trendiness of this author, and not without reason. I was attracted to Yoshimoto by critics' comparisons to Murakami and others. She has very little indeed to do with Murakami, though there is a certain, unusual coexistence of distance and involvement, bearing a resemblance to Murakami's narrators, that I sensed in Yoshimoto's as well. I was very disappointed in nearly all the stories in this volume; I found them "lite." However, after finishing the book (which only took about two hours, if that), I began to notice that my thinking patterns had changed somewhat. Maybe "lite" was just what I needed yesterday evening. The stories certainly do have their merits. I just can't quite articulate what they are.

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