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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Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana’s sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. The characters of Saki and Otohiko don’t emerge as individuals either. Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. It was a weird after taste but Sui another interesting character came along and the plot seems to be better with few mysteries unfold.

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But anyway I was quite overwhelmed with the ending. The story was plainly flat. You’re weak, not really weak, but too kind. When the translator, Shoji, works on an ominous bonus story, he too chooses suicide, apparently haunted by the subject of incest. I think I can blame the translator up to a certain point.

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Translating it fully into the author’s native language results in the translator’s suici Japanese girls, love quadrangles, incest, spirit mediums, and a book that makes people kill themselves I don’t know about fate, per say, but I will say that, were this kind of story to happen outside of fiction, it would rank high in terms of strange.

What I do need from Yoshimoto, and what I got, is a sense of how young contemporary Japanese writers are writing about such topics, and what characters they and their readers find interesting. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.


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

yoshimpto It’s always a bit strange as well to see characters talk about uncomfortable topics like incest and suicide in this book yoxhimoto if they were nothing out of the ordinary. Whenever she appears in public she eschews make-up and dresses simply. Read more Read less. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and West through literature.

The other pleasure of this book just comes from the delight one takes in good writing. The story was visually enchanting, with it be somewhat overwhelming at times. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Like two others before him, it was while Like many Japanese novels, a preoccupation with dreams here. Saki, working in the same building as Kazami, meets with her for lunch quite often throughout the summer months. And there was a mistranslation: This is a good premise, as far as I am concerned, but the problem is that the novel doesn’t live up to its premise. I suppose it was meant to be shocking and ground-breaking but wasn’t and I ended up feeling more confused than appalled or thrilled.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Although the entire novel has a depressing tone, it does have a good ending?

With spare prose that I found wonderful and remarkable, Yoshimoto creates a story that offers many entry points for open-hearted readers. I was unsure how to rate N.

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

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Yoshimoto, it is this thread of instability and subtle madness that makes the book so toshimoto. Banana Yoshimoto might be a master of her genre and the light YA love novels.

Jul 17, Yulia rated it liked it Shelves: This was actually one of the last of her books that I read, having recently read Kitchen, Amrita, Lizard, Goodbye Tsugumi, Asleep Hard Boiled, and an advance copy of the Lake a couple of years back.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Time of shippement correct as well. Like many Japanese novels, a preoccupation with dreams here.

Review Praise for N. I am glad that I did not read a plot synopsis beforehand, else I w There were a few developments in this story that threw me for a loop. Share your thoughts with other customers. No UFOs or clairvoyance. One of these items ships sooner than the other. I might be a bit down with the suicidal thoughts surrounding the plot though– having a love-hate about it.

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You know how people refer to “a man’s man” or “an actor’s actor”? Her descriptions had that feeling for me. The writing-style was unsettling and sentences and thoughts didn’t really connect to one another, one character bznana say something and the other one would reply with something else entirely.

It plays out well when read with this in mind. Remarkable for the simplicity of prose yet complexity of story telling and meaning. Showing of 25 bananw.