Kitchen

Kitchen Banana Yoshimoto s novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world and Kitchen the dazzling English language debut that is still her best loved book is an enchantingly original and

  • Title: Kitchen
  • Author: Banana Yoshimoto
  • ISBN: 9780571170159
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Banana Yoshimoto s novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world, and Kitchen, the dazzling English language debut that is still her best loved book, is an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book 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, tBanana Yoshimoto s novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world, and Kitchen, the dazzling English language debut that is still her best loved book, is an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book 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 of Kitchen, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away Grieving, she is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother who was once his father , Eriko As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale that recalls early Marguerite Duras Kitchen and its companion story, Moonlight Shadow, are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul.

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    1. There's something about Japanese writers. They have the unparalleled ability of transforming an extremely ordinary scene from our everyday mundane lives into something magical and other-worldly. A man walking along a river-bank on a misty April morning may appear to our senses as an ethereal being, barely human, on the path to deliverance and self-discovery. There's something deeply melancholic yet powerfully meaningful about the beautiful vignettes they beget. Few other writers are capable of c [...]

    2. Kitchen and its accompanying story Moonlight Shadow comprise the first novella by award winning Japanese novelist Banana Yoshimoto. Both stories are told through the eyes of young women grieving following the death of a loved one, and deal with how that death plays a profound role in relationships going forward. Told in straight forward prose leaving nothing to chance, Yoshimoto tells two elegant stories. In Kitchen, Mikage Sakurai had just lost her grandmother, the last person in her family to [...]

    3. Oh, let's face it; I love everything Banana Yoshimoto's ever written! But that said, she's not for everyone; she's a minimalist storyteller, at least in my opinion, able to turn the emotional state of the right reader with the flick of just one beautiful perfect phrase, but only if you're ready to catch that beautiful perfect phrase and appreciate it for what it is. Give up on this review yet? Then you shouldn't be reading Yoshimoto! Actually consisting of two novellas, Kitchen (named after the [...]

    4. Can cooking help you cope with the despondency you feel from loss? I’m not talking about wolfing down garlic mashed potatoes from a pan; I’m talking about a multi-course gourmet meal that you are willing to toss out if it’s not perfect and start all over again. That’s the theme of Kitchen. Our main character is a twentyish-woman who lost her father at an early age and then her mother. She went to live with grandparents but her grandfather died, and then her grandmother, and now she has n [...]

    5. This is a book on healing, a lovely look at the hurting human heart and its captivating reflection. Convalescence has never been so beautiful. One has to admit that the theme of loss in literature has been one of the most exploited and has been done so masterfully by the best. But never have I encountered one on recovery where it has been handled as exquisitely. “Everyone we love is dying. Still, to cease living is unacceptable.”When you lose someone, a void is created. You seek to fill that [...]

    6. One of the many things I love about is that a person is able to see what other “friends” think about a novel before committing oneself to reading it. I would have never read KITCHEN had I not seen that Mariel, Oriana, and Jason Pettus, three of my friends, all thought highly of this slim book. But, even with the high ratings of these three “friends”, I still had to find out information about Banana Yoshimoto, the author. So I went to (obviously, where else would I go?) and read about h [...]

    7. "People aren't overcome by situations or outside forces; defeat invades from within."I didn't like this book. It comprises a novella (Kitchen) and short story (Moonlight Shadow), but I'm not sure how much is the book's fault, and how much can be attributed to being set in an unfamiliar culture (Japanese teens/twenties), possibly bad translation, and that although the atmosphere is contemporary, it was actually written and set nearly 30 years ago.I was expecting lyrical language, and quirky insig [...]

    8. 4.5/5A couple of days ago, I watched a film called Millenium Actress, a Japanese anime film centered around the life of a once wildly popular Japanese film star. I loved it for its lovely story as well as its wonderful animation, but most of all for its peculiar disregard of many of the 'rules' of film that I hadn't realized I unconsciously followed until they were subverted. This sort of bending and breaking of my own sensibilities into something I had never considered something that would work [...]

    9. Now that I teach English as my main job I am more than ever aware of how language shapes and limits what can be expressed, how it makes and remakes the social world as it is made and remade. I have read few books from the Japanese, but I would wager I can tell such a text after reading a page! Perhaps it was the themes, not only the flavour of the language, that made this taste so distinctly Japanese to me. Quirky relationships, dramatic melancholy, organised and comfortable domesticity, defianc [...]

    10. if a person hasn't ever experienced true despair, she grows old never knowing how to evaluate where she is in life; never understanding what joy really is. I'm grateful for it.Samadrita in her excellent review began with:There's something about Japanese writers. They have the unparalleled ability of transforming an extremely ordinary scene from our everyday mundane lives into something magical and other-worldly.I thoroughly agree with her and that magical quality transforms what could have been [...]

    11. This is, hands down, the worst thing I've read in recent years.Let's start with the translation, because that is largely to blame for my utter disgust. The prose is terrible. Awkward, contradictory, inconsistent, hackneyed and immature. (Apparently not so in the original Japanese which has been hailed as poetic and lyrical. Even given my limited knowledge of Japanese, I can see how this would be the case.) This is what I would expect from an electronic translator, e.g. google-translate and its i [...]

    12. If there is a colour for the prose of Banana Yoshimoto, it is blue. Reading ‘Kitchen’ is like walking in the clear crisp air of a blue night in Tokyo. She works beautifully with surrealistic imagery, with artless simplicity. The images of the night, the houses in the streetlight, the colour of the sunset and the sky, the moonlight in the kitchen transpire again and again in the beautifully sparse writing until one breathes completely in the dreamlike quality of it. These images do not convey [...]

    13. Kitchen is a gentle, comforting novella about grief. How do we continue living in despair?Mikage and Yuichi's lives are brought together by death. They are on the cusp of falling in love or living as strangers. "I buried my face into his arm, gripping it fiercely. His warm sweater smelled of autumn leaves."Charming, ephemeral and semi-absurd. It's an appealing story in which the darkness is belied by a soft quirkiness. "I realised that the world did not exist for my benefit. It followed that the [...]

    14. My reading of this short work might have been snake-bit from the go. In the first I’m regrettably tinny eared when it comes to stories of romance and lost love. I also have no fundamental understanding of the Japanese language in its native form, other than its nuances successfully translated to English run the spectrum from Aflred Brinbaum to Jay Rubin – translators of Murakami’s works so very different that their output feels like two completely different authors. So perhaps it was the t [...]

    15. I did a quick audit of my Japanese cultural input and came up with the following :MOVIESTokyo Story – beautiful acknowledged masterpieceNobody Knows – great indyKikujiro – worth watchingLove Exposure – quite insane, probably brilliant, unmissable, but you should be warned that it’s quite insaneVisitor Q – er, probably avoid this one! Really gross.Seven Samurai – may be the greatest film ever, if there is such a thingWESTERN PERSPECTIVES Babel – brilliant film, but the Tokyo part [...]

    16. "Dream kitchens.I will have countless ones, in my heart or in reality. Or in my travels. Alone, with a crowd of people, with one other person- in all the many places I will live. I know that there will be so many more."It was late at night as I started to read "Kitchen" with a cup of coffee in my own Kitchen. The book contains "Kitchen" and Moonlight Shadow" and both stories handle about lost and grieve. I didn't want to drop the book without finishing it but was too sleepy to continue in one go [...]

    17. Banana Yoshimoto là tác giả văn học mà mình rất thường xuyên giới thiệu cho bạn bè. Văn chương của bà khá gần gũi, nhẹ nhàng nhưng không kém phần day dứt. "Kitchen" là cuốn gây cho mình ấn tượng nhiều nhất. Thực sự thì thứ ấn tượng đầu tiên đối với mình không phải giọng văn, cốt truyện mà là xây dựng những nhân vật hơi "dị" như người đàn ông chuyển giới thành phụ nữ sau khi vợ m [...]

    18. maap kalo tulisan ini sepertinya gak nyambung ama bukuna"Ada buku EA?" Inget buku ini otomatis inget kelakuan seorang rekan durjana yang bisa bikin malu sesama rekan durjana. Ternyata ketua dewan pembina jaduler lebih durjana dari gw :))Buku ini didapat dilapak buku bekas Dewi Sartika dalam rangka Reuni Durjana sekaligus merayakan ultah seorang durjana yang sudah di rancang sejak awal bulan atas permintaan seorang durjana yang bermukim di Tangerang.Jam 12an nyampe di lapak buku Dewi Sartika san [...]

    19. Two romantic tomes that search for goodness and love in human stuff like death and food.Her writing flashes by, leaving nectar dripping strangely from your lips

    20. Hôm rày có cô gái nhắn tin cho tôi. Cô ấy hỏi nhưng cũng là tự trả lời rằng liệu sự tương tác giữa con người khó khăn vậy sao, liệu những tiểu tinh cầu mà mỗi người đại diện có gặp nhau? Trong câu chữ của cô ấy, là sự trách móc, vì tôi đã không trả lời tin nhắn đầu tiên. Quả thực, tôi không thể dành hết thời gian để trả lời những tin nhắn không có chủ đích rõ ràng, ngoài nh [...]

    21. "Kitchen" is a great little novella, and reading it is like having an old friend come to stay with you for a few days out of the blue. That one friend who had just the perfect quirky turn of phrase, the oddly poetic outlook on things like noodles and shoelace-tips. Yoshimoto's writing has matured since "Kitchen," but this story remains fresh and thoughtful, charming and simple and deep. My favorite part of the book, though, isn't the title novella but the one included after it, "Moonlight Shadow [...]

    22. یوشیموتو نویسنده‌ایه که به زیبایی از حقایق قابل لمس می‌نویسه؛ شاید قبل از خوندنِ ‌داستان‌هاش حواستون به اون حقایق نباشه، اما همین‌که خطی رو خوندید، همین‌که از جمله‌ ای عبور کردید یه لحظه مکث می‌کنید. مکث می‌کنید چون اون جمله رو خوب فهمیدید، چون قبلا با قلب‌تون لمس‌ش کر [...]

    23. I have observed that some of my favourite books have been those I've read in a single sitting. Yoshimoto's book, at 150 pages, is such a good length for a read of that sort. It would be criminal for me to write too much for a book which itself is so minimal. And yet, it is such a powerful work. There is a very basic tendency of humans to be attracted to tragedy, to heartbreak, to grave sadness for such emotions often triumph over the most gleeful joys. For Yoshimoto, death, that most claustropho [...]

    24. მიკაგეს მოუკვდა ბებიამიკაგეს არავინ დარჩა ამ სამყაროში.მიკაგემ აღმოაჩინა, რომ ყველანაირი ბმა ადამიანებთან გაწყდა და ეს უეცარ კომფორტს განიჭებს. თავიდან საერთოდ не выходи из комнаты ხდება, სამ [...]

    25. Any time I try to read Japanese novels I feel like I'm missing something. In Kitchen, as in the few other Japanese novels I've read, the prose seems flat and spare. I'm beginning to think it's not a question of translation and more a question of a different writing style. Mikage, a young woman, is left alone when her grandmother dies, following the deaths of her parents and grandfather. She ends up being sort of adopted by the Tanabe family, a young man her age and his transsexual (m to f) mothe [...]

    26. Banana Yoshimoto always writes beautifully. Her words are picturesque, and without fail, every book of hers I read transports me into a different place and time. I've said this before, and I will again - her words, her books, are actually an experience. It is almost as if when you put down the book you are waking up from a sort of dream. That being said, I know that this was her debut novel in this country and has remained her most loved work. Thus, I was expecting a lot more from this. This is [...]

    27. Es el primer libro de literatura japonesa que leo y me ha gustado mucho. De hecho, creo que lo recomendaría bastante como forma de introducirse en ella ya que es muy sencillo en la narración. Estamos ante dos historias (Kitchen y Moonlight Shadow) en las que la autora nos adentra en temas como la soledad, el impacto de la muerte y las relaciones de amor, narrándonos las vivencias de dos mujeres, Mikage y Satsuki, que terminan encontrándose en estas situaciones. Se trata también someramente [...]

    28. Sigh Man, I don't know what it is about Banana Yoshimoto novellas, but for some reason they always seem to lose me at the end. This small novella explores themes such as bereavement, motherhood, what really makes a family, love and loss. You know, all that good stuff.I've read "Goodbye Tsugumi" by Yoshimoto before, and I found the relationships a tad unbelievable, the characters a little forced. I had hoped that this wouldn't be the case with this story, and I was surprised to find that I was en [...]

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