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Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

Goodbye Tsugumi

by Banana Yoshimoto

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  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Once again, I did not like Yoshimoto Banana's story... Am I the only one who can't stand bland main characters? I know that's kind of the point of the book, that the narrator tells the story of her cousin, Tsugumi. But the adoration the main character feels for her cousin, who, let's say it, is a total b*tch, just made me want to punch both of them all the time. Reminded me of Antechrista by Amelie Nothomb because of the main theme, but my memory of Antechrista is that of a far more enjoyable read. ( )
  roulette.russe | Jan 12, 2014 |
An engaging novel by a Japanese woman capturing the contradictions and fragility of experience.

Plot summaries of this book are misleading. Yoshimoto’s characters are just too unique. A sense of impending loss pervades her book, and yet its mood is bright and enjoyable. The book is narrated by Maria, a young woman, leaving the small seaside village of her childhood, but returning for one last summer there. The main character is Tsugumi, Maria’s cousin whose health is so poor she could die at any monument. Tsugumi is beautiful, but never the sickly but sweet girl of romantic visions. Lashing out at those closest to her has become her way of dealing with pain and eminent death. As Maria and readers increasingly understand, she has a spark of energy, of life, that make both appealing and appalling.

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Banana Yoshimoto's novels of young life in Japan have made her an international sensation. Goodbye Tsugumi is an offbeat story of a deep and complicated friendship between two female cousins that ranks among her best work. Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled, and occasionally cruel. Now Maria's father is finally able to bring Maria and her mother to Tokyo, ushering Maria into a world of university, impending adulthood, and a "normal" family. When Tsugumi invites Maria to spend a last summer by the sea, a restful idyll becomes a time of dramatic growth as Tsugumi finds love and Maria learns the true meaning of home and family. She also has to confront both Tsugumi's inner strength and the real possibility of losing her. Goodbye Tsugumi is a beguiling, resonant novel from one of the world's finest young writers.

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