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Hardboiled and Hard Luck - Banana Yoshimoto, Michael Emmerich
Hardboiled and Hard Luck
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In cherished novels such as Kitchen and Goodbye Tsugumi, Banana Yoshimoto’s warm, witty, and heartfelt depictions of the lives of young Japanese have earned her international acclaim and best-seller status. Her insightful, spare vision returns in two novellas possessed by the ghosts of love found... show more
In cherished novels such as Kitchen and Goodbye Tsugumi, Banana Yoshimoto’s warm, witty, and heartfelt depictions of the lives of young Japanese have earned her international acclaim and best-seller status. Her insightful, spare vision returns in two novellas possessed by the ghosts of love found and lost. In Hardboiled, the unnamed narrator is hiking in the mountains on an anniversary she has forgotten about, the anniversary of her ex-lover’s death. As she nears her hotel—stopping on the way at a hillside shrine and a strange soba shop—a sense of haunting falls over her. Perhaps these eerie events will help her make peace with her loss. Hard Luck is about another young woman, whose sister is dying and lies in a coma. Kuni’s fiancé left her after the accident, but his brother Sakai continues to visit, and the two of them gradually grow closer as they make peace with the impending loss of their loved one. Yoshimoto’s voice is clear, assured, and deeply moving, displaying again why she is one of Japan’s, and the world’s, most beloved writers.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802142627 (0802142621)
ASIN: B005SNLUCQ
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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The Boat Was My Friend
The Boat Was My Friend rated it
2.0 Alone in Tokyo
Hardboiled and Hard Luck includes two novellas, that read more like introspective melancholic vignettes rather than typical short stories where externality matters; it doesn’t. Banana Yoshimoto has THE most gorgeous pen name ever and creates an interesting atmosphere, charged with warmth, sadness, d...
Nicole Reads
Nicole Reads rated it
3.0 Hardboiled and Hard-Luck by Banana Yoshimoto
Sad yet touching. I love reading Ms. Yoshimoto's work. It always feels like I'm home. Not a big fan of the translator.
ramblings
ramblings rated it
4.0 Hardboiled and Hard Luck
For me, this book is very much similar to "Kitchen"--two separate novellas which are somehow related. They are both lightly written yet hit the reader strong. I love Yoshimoto's clear prose that show us characters who keep their emotions in check, and yet manage to transcend and redeem themselves, a...
Christine's Book Adventures
Christine's Book Adventures rated it
4.0
Hardboiled 5*"just what i need right now" was the thought that crossed my mind when I picked up that little book. And I was right about that. The story eased my mind. I found it easy to relate to the story either because I like to be in the nature or because I like japanese ghost stories. I really e...
Lotus wild over sakura
Lotus wild over sakura rated it
3.0 Hardboiled and Hard Luck
Ms. Lizzie D’souza used to make the most decadent marzipan Easter eggs a palate has ever savored. Nestled oh so cozily among the delicate weaves of satin cradles, unwearyingly waiting for enthusiastic strangers through the glass casement, somehow brought ephemeral magic to the quaint bakery down the...
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