You're beautiful Sakumi!,
This review is from: Amrita (Paperback)This was the second time that i have read this book. First off those who compare Yoshimoto's writing to that of Mishima, Kawabata, and Tanizaki really shouldn't. Yoshimoto is writing from a completely different time, and she is not writting high literature here she is writing for mass consuption, mainly for Japanese females under 25. She even says that she is writing for the Shoujo audiance, young girl, and trys to emulate the writting style of Shoujo manga.
That aside, this is another enjoyable book by Yoshimoto. Although Kitchen will probably always be my favorite, I like this book much more than N.P., Lizard, or Asleep.
The story in this 366 page book, much longer than Yoshimoto's other books, is quite convoluted, but it is quite enjoyable. The story centers on Sakumi Wakabayashi, a young woman who lost her memory by hitting her head on a stone stair. Throughout this book we live with Sakumi and feel her depression over not remembering her life and the joy she feels when she does remember something from her past. We are also introduced to her younger brother Yoshi who seems to have supernaturtal powers. This is a really good book, and is a good example of modern Japanese literature, just don't go in expecting Snow Country or the Makioka Sisters.