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A set of postmodern stories from young Japanese novelist Yoshimoto, blending urban anomie with themes of spiritual awakening.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Enormously popular in Japan, Yoshimoto has gained an American audience with her hip novels Kitchen (LJ 12/92) and NP (LJ 1/94). Her first collection of short stories will appeal strongly to "X-ers." Articulate and young but already jaded and wistful urbanites populate these reflective tales of relationships and discovery. Lacking faith, hope, and a substantive cultural context, the protagonists compensate with self-scrutiny and emotional intrigue. Sometimes they stumble upon magic, as in the figure of the enigmatic healer Lizard or a trenchant shape shifter on a commuter train. Unfortunately, between writing and translation, Yoshimoto's concepts consistently outshine her execution; facile descriptions and narratorial overinterpretation weigh down these thoughtful stories. For young adult and fiction collections.
Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Personally, the book is not as gripping as I would like to be.
But if you're looking only for light reading, then this book is good. Read more
I enjoyed reading the stories in this book. The last story was perhaps the best one in the book; it made you think about other people's perspectives of their life and life in... Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by Karina Karina
I became a Banana fan upon reading the first chapter of her novel NP. I bought "Lizard" immediately after I finished NP, resisting the temptation to set high hopes that... Read morePublished on March 21 2001 by K. Brown
Perhaps you're the type that doesn't have a lot of time. These stories are for you. They take the brilliance of Kitchen and N.P. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2001 by imadokidude
Someone said this story of Banana was poetic. Wait a munite. Noone makes that type of comments in Japan. Read morePublished on May 9 2000
I am very pleased with Banana's work so far. Her ability to write beautiful and touching stories is admirable. Read morePublished on April 18 2000 by CoffeeGurl
this is a very intelligent and interesting book. i liked how these stories really captured my attention and i feel it is a book worth reading for anyone who likes modern short... Read morePublished on March 29 2000 by R. Daneel Olivaw
"Lizard" is the third release by Banana Yoshimoto. It is a collection of short stories. My first impression was that these are very bizarre stories. Read morePublished on March 27 2000