Japanese novelist Yoshimoto follows her well-received Kitchen with an N.P.. Banana Yoshimoto, Author Grove/Atlantic $18 (p) ISBN Banana Yoshimoto’s N.P. (translated by Ann Sherif) is the story of Kazami Kano, an English-language research assistant at a Tokyo university. This vintage Banana Yoshimoto novel from is the tale of four confused sprinkles perversion and melodrama over ’90s Tokyo in ‘N.P.’.

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But what really makes N. Buy the selected items together This item: Please try again later. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The main character even points out that “The man’s love for her bxnana a daughter and as a woman are one and the same, and this powerful feeling expands to fill the whole universe.

In light of some strange coincidences, fate and destiny are raised by the small cast of yoshumoto, all of whom are caught in a mutual orbit that carries them through a significant series of changes in their lives. When the translator, Shoji, works on an ominous bonus story, he too chooses suicide, apparently haunted by the subject of incest. Return to Book Page. This novel is all about these four confused souls and their coming together over the course of one summer in connection with the seemingly cursed 98th story.

It’s a wonderful, contemplative book that gives goshimoto reader pause to consider fate, love, happiness, and sacrifice. I glimpsed scenes in my imagination with the same clarity as when you wake on a bright morning and see something right before your eyes, and after that the freshness and clarity of the baanana is gone forever.


This vintage Banana Yoshimoto novel from is the tale of four confused souls spending a magical summer in Tokyo.

If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Sep 02, Iman Danial Hakim rated it liked it. There is a vague sense of the whole “lost generation” thing all over again with a Japanese spin. In between love and loss, desire and giving up.

Tony’s Reading List: ‘N.P.’ by Banana Yoshimoto (Review)

And I confess, bananaa the end I was so bored with the characters and their issues I might have skipped a couple of pages so something could have been lost P by Banana Yoshimoto. Non lo so, leggendo la Yoshimoto lo stile rimane sempre il suo, inimitabile provo sempre una strana sensazione, come se il tempo si fermasse, ma stavolta non sono riuscito ad addentrarmi nella storia.

A clear wall of elegance and distance, but very intense things on the other side, incest and death. Yoshimoto gives it life through the sensory impressions of the narrator, whose setting descriptions convey both her and other characters’ moods as they get to know one another and confront inner agonies. At times this reminded me of also Japanese movie ‘The Ring’, with the mysterious deaths and its general eerie unsettling undertone.

I think I can blame the translator up to a certain point. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

A very unique read here. I couldn’t put it down, but the underlying mystery yodhimoto the danger at the rot of this novel several people who have tried to translate a late writer’s goshimoto have committed suicide before finishing seems to be forgotten too quickly, then casually and inadequately explained. The characters themselves were two-dimensional, as in you can probably imagine them from the author’s This was a really weird book for me.


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The characters themselves were two-dimensional, as in you can probably imagine them from the author’s descriptions but can’t fathom existing in real life. Sinceramente non mi ha lasciato tanto quest’opera della Yoshimoto, e lei stessa, alla fine, ha scritto nel postscriptum: Personalmente, sono sicura che qualsiasi altra cosa le riuscirebbe meglio.

All at the age of The novel is basically an endless dialogue between the characters with intermittent contemplations by the narrator.

Banana Yoshimoto sprinkles perversion and melodrama over ’90s Tokyo in ‘N.P.’

Like many Japanese novels, a preoccupation with dreams here. No UFOs or clairvoyance. Th ” Love is love. The 98th story borrows from Takase’s real life sexual relationship with his daughter Sui.

To me, the descriptions were the most striking part – beautiful and vivid, and Yoshimoto created metaphors I’d never considered. Much more fluid yosyimoto Amrita, and I felt the characters more normal on the surface yet more abnormal in the end than those in Kitchen or other works by the author.

It has in commun with Asleep a dreamy atmosphere, but in N. To be honest, I probably don’t need Banana Yoshimoto to give me any insight into those topics. It is an experience. Mar 09, Kristi Thompson rated it it was amazing Shelves: It plays out well when read with this in mind.

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