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In this translation of a best-selling novel first published in Japan in 1987, the young narrator, Mikage, moves into the apartment of a friend whose mother is murdered early in the tale. What seems like a coming-of-age melodrama quickly evolves into a deeply moving tale filled with unique characters and themes. Along the way, readers get a taste of contemporary Japan, with its mesh of popular American food and culture. Mikage addresses the role of death, loneliness, and personal as well as sexual identity through a set of striking circumstances and personal remembrances. "Moonlight Shadows," a novella included here, is a more haunting tale of loss and acceptance. In her simple and captive style, Yoshimoto confirms that art is perhaps the best ambassador among nations. Recommended for all fiction collections.
- David A. Berona, Westbrook Coll. Lib., Portland, Me.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ms. Yoshimoto s writing is lucid, earnest and disarming . . . [It] seizes hold of the reader s sympathy and refuses to let go. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller. . . . The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple. "Chicago Tribune" Yoshimoto shouldn t be shy about basking in her celebrity. Her achievements are already legend. "The Boston Globe" A meditation on the transience of beauty and loveMelancholy and lovely. "The Washington Post Book World"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
"The place I like best in the world is the kitchen." So begins Banana Yoshimoto's off-beat, quirky yet charming novella. Read morePublished on May 30 2011 by Reader Writer Runner
Read the book in about half an hour. It's a bitter sweet tale of loss and friendship. I enjoyed this book much more than Amrita. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Sarah Sammis
This is one book that does live up to its reputation, that became a pop-culture phenomenon because of the its quality, and not because it was bland and inoffensive. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Henry Platte
To me the non-americanized Japanese culture has always been about being subtle yet effective. Even to a point where the effectivness is so thorough that is starts to hurt. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Peeter Talvistu
This book by Banana Yoshimoto is a refreshing story (actually two novellas). The book is comprised of two stories, Kitchen and Moonlight Shadow. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Donna Nazarchyk
In the end, I found this book extremely unchallenging. I read it in an hour, finding little to actually engage my senses. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by Mr. Richard K. Weems
Roughly the length of Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea, Kitchen is equally profound. Published with the short story Moonlight Shadow that won Yoshimoto critical success and made... Read morePublished on June 21 2003 by Beardyjin
What first caught my attention about this book was its original title. "Who on earth would write a book on kitchens?", I had wondered. Read morePublished on May 20 2003
I was drawn to this book from its first line "The place I like best in this world is the kitchen" -- these simple, even childish words have hooked me to this book. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Tsila Sofer Elguez