BANANA YOSHIMOTO GOODBYE TSUGUMI PDF

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Yoshimoto favors short novels that gradually reveal thin, almost translucent layers of her characters' personalities. Her latest, following in the style of earlier books such as Kitchen and Asleep , is a careful examination of the relationship between two teenage cousins in a seaside Japanese town.

Maria Shirakawa is a thoughtful young woman thrown by family circumstance her parents never married; with her mother, she is waiting for her father's divorce from his current wife into growing up with her cousin, Tsugumi Yamamoto, in her aunt and uncle's small inn.

Tsugumi, who is chronically ill, possesses a mischievous charm that both maddens and amuses her family. As Maria describes Tsugumi: "She was malicious, she was rude, she had a foul mouth, she was selfish, she was horribly spoiled, and to top it all off she was brilliantly sneaky.

Eventually, Maria's parents are united and she leaves to attend university in Tokyo, returning for a final summer during which the inn is being demolished, and this provides Yoshimoto with all the plot she needs to explore the difficult but affectionate bond between the cousins. Emmerich's translation overcomes the occasional awkward moment to render the frank yet understated language that animates this modest story. Agent, Jennifer Lyons. Forecast: Yoshimoto's novels are always charmingly packaged, and Goodbye Tsugumi is no exception.

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Goodbye Tsugumi

At the ripe old age of 24, Banana Yoshimoto became the literary critics' darling and an overnight publishing sensation in Japan with the release of her lyrical novella Kitchen. Today, a dozen-odd years down the road, Banana-mania continues unabated. Conservative Japanese critics kvetch, complaining that Yoshimoto's novels are not steeped in Japanese culture and tradition, but her legions of admirers know better. Few contemporary writers are more adept at capturing the urban angst and exhaustion of Japan's unfocused young people.

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Yoshimoto favors short novels that gradually reveal thin, almost translucent layers of her characters' personalities. Her latest, following in the style of earlier books such as Kitchen and Asleep , is a careful examination of the relationship between two teenage cousins in a seaside Japanese town. Maria Shirakawa is a thoughtful young woman thrown by family circumstance her parents never married; with her mother, she is waiting for her father's divorce from his current wife into growing up with her cousin, Tsugumi Yamamoto, in her aunt and uncle's small inn. Tsugumi, who is chronically ill, possesses a mischievous charm that both maddens and amuses her family. As Maria describes Tsugumi: "She was malicious, she was rude, she had a foul mouth, she was selfish, she was horribly spoiled, and to top it all off she was brilliantly sneaky. Eventually, Maria's parents are united and she leaves to attend university in Tokyo, returning for a final summer during which the inn is being demolished, and this provides Yoshimoto with all the plot she needs to explore the difficult but affectionate bond between the cousins.

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‘Goodbye Tsugumi’ by Banana Yoshimoto (Review)

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 as a shock, and Maria heads off for one last golden summer before the ties with her childhood disappear forever. Tsugumi is a beautiful, frail young woman, ill since childhood, her tainted beauty a flame to the mothlike local youths.

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GOODBYE TSUGUMI

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