A major literary sensation is back with a quietly stunning tour de force.While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly... show more
A major literary sensation is back with a quietly stunning tour de force.While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written. It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though ... until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too. They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. . . . With its echoes of the infamous, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the group that released poison gas in the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds as the most powerful novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. And as the two young lovers overcome their troubled past to discover hope in the beautiful solitude of the lake in the country- side, it’s also one of her most moving.
Publisher: Melville House
Pages no: 188
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
This book is somewhat mystical and very introspective. None-the-less, it's quite good. It's written from the perspective of Chihiro, a mural painter. She likes to spend time looking out her window. Eventually she notices that a young may across the way also spends rather a lot of time looking out of...
I enjoyed reading this. Actually, it's more accurate to say that I couldn't put it down. Even though I put it on my Kindle expecting to finish it over a few commutes, I ended up finishing it in a day. Part of that is the prose is easy to get through and the book is short, but most of it is that Yosh...
It's interesting to peer into another culture sometimes and try to dissect it to find what makes it the way it is. This is the first book I've read by Japanese writer Banana Yoshimoto. Her attention to the subtleties of the personal interactions between her characters is definitely fodder for such d...