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Kitchen (original 1988; edition 1994)

by Banana Yoshimoto

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Title:Kitchen
Authors:Banana Yoshimoto
Info:Washington Square Press (1994), Paperback, 152 pages
Collections:Read, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Japanese, fiction, 1001 books, Tokyo, Japan, novellas, death, loss, grief, magical realism, cooking, 20th century, 1980s

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Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (1988)

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​Not a masterpiece. But​​ ​then WHY did it touch me so?...Death and loss motif throughout the two novellas of the tiny paperback.​ ​Yet​​ ​somehow they don't read as something depressing. The writing style has so much clarity and ​open​ ​frankness​ in it - the sentences are like crystal clear drops of cool water (if I dare to venture into how it felt to read it​...​).​ This book will stay in my memory, somehow I am sure of it.​ ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Jul 17, 2014 |
sad, happy, easy read ( )
  rosies | Jun 15, 2014 |
In Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto portrays everyday life and love in a contemporary Japanese setting. The two short stories in this novella are different but at the same time, demonstrate common themes in Yoshimoto's writings.

The first one, the eponymous "Kitchen", the protagonist Mikage Sakurai struggles to overcome the death of her grandmother while drawing close to Yuichi and his transgendered mother. "Kitchen" explores the discovery of food and love against an ever-present background of tragedy.

In the second story, "Moonlight Shadow", a young woman, Satsuki, comes to terms with the death of her boyfriend, Hitoshi, in a car accident and her friendship with her boyfriend's brother. It is in this story particularly that Yoshimoto revisits the themes of grief, loss, and hope present in her other works, though this one has a more surrealist air.

Both stories are good examples of Yoshimoto's writing and the themes she explores, and portray love and grief in contemporary Japan well. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
loved it. both stories were beautiful. the second one was so sad and so delicate. thoroughly enjoyed them. ( )
1 vote lloyd1175 | Mar 22, 2014 |
This is a wonderful book containing two tales of loss, love and loss of those loved. The first story lends it's name to the title and is the longer of the two. It was a gripping tale dealing with death, love and family. I enjoyed it greatly. The second story Moonlight Shadow was another beautiful tale of loss and personal growth. Kitchen did not allow time for me to make use of a bookmark but I feel it will stay with me for a long while. ( )
  dtn620 | Sep 22, 2013 |
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For English-language readers, the appeal of "Kitchen" lies in its portrayal of the lives of young Japanese.
 
Banana Yoshimoto won immediate fame in Japan with the publication of this pair of novellas about two bold and guileless women grappling with emotional loss.
 
Yoshimoto's oriental concision is sometimes idiosyncratic and haiku-like ..., but it's a quality of poignant, dignified resilience that makes this little work worthwhile...
 

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Banana Yoshimotoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amitrano, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaneshiro-Jager, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schlecht, Wolfgang E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The place I like best in this world is the kitchen. (Kitchen)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671880187, Paperback)

Two stories, "Kitchen" and "Moonlight Shadow," told through the eyes of a pair of contemporary young Japanese women, deal with the themes of mothers, love, transsexuality, kitchens, and tragedy. Reprint. NYT.

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Two stories, "Kitchen" and "Moonlight Shadow," told through the eyes of a pair of contemporary young japanese women, deal with the themes of mothers, love, transsexuality, kitchens, and tragedy.

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