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Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto, Megan Backus
Kitchen
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802142443 (0802142443)
ASIN: 802142443
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
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Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.5 Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen
Kitchen is two stories. The first is the novella Kitchen which is a delightful surprise and the second is a long short story called moonlight shadow.Banana Yoshimoto wrote Kitchen when she was only 24 and Moonlight Shadow was written prior to that. Moonlight shadow reads like talented juvenalia an...
konstantinapapazoglou
konstantinapapazoglou rated it
5.0 Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
How can such sort stories be filled with so much emotions? This was the first thought that came to mind when I finished reading Kitchen and indeed this book was an emotional rollercoaster. Both of the stories were deeply touching and heartfelt, although they were short and concise. Kitchen, the fi...
Kathryn Lively, Reader
Kathryn Lively, Reader rated it
3.5 Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Kitchen was hyped quite a bit when I got my first bookstore job about 20 years ago. It remained one of those books I kept in the back of my mind to read, and this year's reading challenges gave me the incentive. Kitchen is actually two short novellas:Kitchen details the story of an orphaned young wo...
catpdx
catpdx rated it
3.0 Kitchen
Wavering between three and fours stars - this is a lovely and genuinely affecting little novella.
Xdyj's books
Xdyj's books rated it
5.0
Two short stories about young people coming to terms with the lost of loved ones. Some may find it a bit sentimental, but I do really like the simplistic & well crafted sentences and the tragic beauty when the narrators talk about sadness and lost loves.
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