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ISBN13: 9780802142443
ISBN10: 0802142443
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Banana Yoshimoto's novels have created a sensation in Japan and all over the world. With the publication of Kitchen, the dazzling English-language debut that is still her best-loved book, the literary world realized that Yoshimoto was a young writer of enduring talent and great passion whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature.

Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen is an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine of "Kitchen," is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikaga is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart. In a whimsical style that recalls the early Marguerite Duras, "Kitchen" and its companion story, "Moonlight Shadow," are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a very special writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul.

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“Ms. Yoshimoto's writing is lucid, earnest and disarming....[It] seizes hold of the readers sympathy and refuses to let go.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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“Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller....The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple.” Chicago Tribune

Review:

“Yoshimoto shouldn't be shy about basking in her celebrity. Her achievements are already legend.” The Boston Globe

Review:

“A meditation on the transience of beauty and love…Melancholy and lovely.” The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

With the publication of Kitchen, the dazzling English-language debut that is still her best-loved book, the literary world realized that Yoshimoto was a young writer of enduring talent whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature. Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart.

In a whimsical style that recalls the early Marguerite Duras, "Kitchen" and its companion story, "Moonlight Shadow," are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a very special writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul.

About the Author

Banana Yoshimoto:

Born July 24th, 1964 in Tokyo.

Graduated from Nihon University, Division of arts, majored in literature.

With her first work, Kitchen, she won the 6th Kaien Newcomer Writers Prize in November, 1987 and then the 16th Izumi Kyoka Literary Prize in January, 1988.

She was also awarded the 39th Minister of Education Awards for New Artists in August, 1988 with Kitchen, and Utakata/Sankuchuari.

In March, 1989 TUGUMI was awarded the 2nd Yamamoto Shugoro Literary Prize.

In November, 1995 Amurita won the 5th Murasaki-shikibu Prize named after the autoress of the Story of Genji. Not only in Japan, she was awarded a couple prizes in Italy; Literary Prize Scanno in June, 1993 and Fendissime Literary Prize in March, 1996 and Literary Prize Maschera d'argento in November, 1999.

In October, 2000 Furin to nanbei awarded the 10th Bunkamura Deux Magot Literary Prize.

Her works including Kitchen, are translated and published in more than 20 countries.

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Leslie Joseph, April 13, 2014 (view all comments by Leslie Joseph)
Kitchen is quite an engaging little read. Oddly dated yet timeless, it offers an intense story and an open ending. I loved the characters and the simplicity of speech.
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Gypsi, June 5, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
Yosimoto's first book is part romance, part coming of age story, written in an easy style that draws in the reader. It felt real, believable, and had characters that I cared about, that I could be friends with, that I could expect to meet going about my daily life.

The story follows Mikage after the death of her grandmother, coming to grips with the death of her only family and her emptiness. She is helped through this tough time by an unexpected offer of friendship and by a discovery of a love of cooking. Another death and more love follow Mikage in the ensuing months and she struggles to handle it as any twenty-something would. While the story was sometimes silly with romance (for me), it was still about real life and for that I liked it.

The companion novella is Yosimoto's first published work and also deals with the themes of love and loss through death. This is a much more sentimental story, too much so for my taste, but the elements of the preternatural kept me interested. It ends in a very satisfying, and again real life, ending that just "felt right".

I was very enchanted with Yosimoto's easy style and realism and plan to read her more recent novels at some point as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802142443
Author:
Yoshimoto, Banana
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic
Translator:
Backus, Megan
Author:
Ayckbourn, Alan
Author:
Backus, Megan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Black cat ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 5.6 oz

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Product details 160 pages Grove/Atlantic - English 9780802142443 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Ms. Yoshimoto's writing is lucid, earnest and disarming....[It] seizes hold of the readers sympathy and refuses to let go.”
"Review" by , “Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller....The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple.”
"Review" by , “Yoshimoto shouldn't be shy about basking in her celebrity. Her achievements are already legend.”
"Review" by , “A meditation on the transience of beauty and love…Melancholy and lovely.”
"Synopsis" by , With the publication of Kitchen, the dazzling English-language debut that is still her best-loved book, the literary world realized that Yoshimoto was a young writer of enduring talent whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature. Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart.

In a whimsical style that recalls the early Marguerite Duras, "Kitchen" and its companion story, "Moonlight Shadow," are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a very special writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul.

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