In N.P., Banana Yoshimoto’s enchanting novel of uncanny subtlety, style, magic, and mystery, a celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English. But the book, itself titled N.P., may never be published in his native Japan: each translator... show more
In N.P., Banana Yoshimoto’s enchanting novel of uncanny subtlety, style, magic, and mystery, a celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English. But the book, itself titled N.P., may never be published in his native Japan: each translator who takes up the ninety-eighth story chooses death tooincluding Kazami Kano’s boyfriend, Shoji. Haunted by Shoji’s death, Kazami is inexorably drawn to three young people whose lives are intimately bound to the late writer and his work. Over the course of an astonishing summer, she will discover the truth behind the ninety-eighth storyand she will come to believe that everything that had happened was shockingly beautiful, enough to make you crazy.”
Publish date: January 2007
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
Tuntuu, että tämä kirja olisi enemmän kolmen ja puolen kuin vain kolmen tähden arvoinen, mutta vaihtoehdoista "liked it" ja "really liked it" osuu ensimmäinen lähemmäs maalia. N.P. oli minulle lukukokemuksena unenomainen ja kaunis, mutta en missään vaiheessa oiken saanut siitä kunnolla kiinni. Muist...
I haven't read that since highschool and it was even better than I remembered or I liked it even better than the first time because of all the memories that came floating to the surface. The story itself enfolds, as BY says in a microcosmos which consists of a bare minimum of characters and space. T...
Confieso que me gusta mucho el estilo de Banana Yoshimoto aunque pensandolo fríamente hay miles de razones para que no me guste. Por eso, en parte estoy esperando algo bello cuando leo sus obras y en parte estoy lista para criticarlas. Al final quedan en medio. Me gustan, pero no son historias que u...
Connected scenes creating a story, visually...This story was image rich, and minimalist at the same time. Though I read it in English, I could hear much of it in Japanese in my head which made it very familiar but strange. I never get a feeling of deep connection with Yoshimoto's characters, but f...
An enjoyable short novel from Yoshimoto, focused on a set of interconnected relationships that includes live and dead people and interrelated manuscripts. The language is spare and elegant, the plot engaging. The idea that a manuscript can make people die brings to mind both the culling songs of Pal...