GOODBYE TSUGUMI. Banana Yoshimoto, Author, Michael Emmerich, Translator , trans. from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich. Grove $23 (p) ISBN. 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. Banana Yoshimoto found fame in when her wildly successful debut Goodbye Tsugumi, by Banana Yoshimoto, Translated by Michael.

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The ending might have killed it, I might have otherwise rated it a 5 out of 5. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

I would not have had the strength. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. What also surprised me in coming back to this book I had read it several times, all prior to starting the blog was that the dialogue was not quite as childish and annoying as I had thought.

The sea is the foundation and essence of the book as is light. Furthermore, while the narrator was easy to get to know and relate to, the other characters lacked depth and rationale to their actions a lot of the time. View all 12 comments. I was only a child, but I knew the feeling that came when you parted with something, and I felt that pain. One you enjoy staring at and twirling around in your hand, feeling every ridge and surface. Oct 22, Nate Yielding rated it it was amazing.

Books of the Week. See all 27 reviews. The protagonist is either insecure about her looks when the mean girl is present or is indulgent and patronizing when the best friend is present. I was thoroughly taken by Maria trying to come to terms with the changes in her life, and Tsugumi ceaselessly going forward without a care in the world.

The setting is a provincial seaside Japanese village. Maybe, despite appearances, everything will be all right. It’s poetry in prose, just long enough, and she plucks the tiny strings of your heart and brain exactly as they’re meant to be touched weaving this complex feeling fabric that threads through everything, the plot, the characters, your own self.


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.

Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto. Eventually, Maria’s parents are united and she leaves to attend university in Tokyo, returning for a final summer during which the inn is being demolished, and this provides Yoshimoto with all the plot she needs to explore the difficult but affectionate bond between the cousins.

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This novel, more than anything, wrenched my heart. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Maria’s a very real protagonist who feels very real emotions, and so it’s incredibly easy to want her to succeed and be happy. Read archived reviews of Japanese classics at jtimes. Perhaps it was the translation, but her pers This was a slow but pleasant read, with a few meaningful moments dotted along the way. I guess having death waiting in the eaves gives her an excuse to speak as she would.

Even though her new life is happy, she misses the time spent with her cousins Yoko and Tsugumi in her hometown.

tsughmi If you ever met an intriguing provocative person that ususally gets on your nerves this book might make you take a fresh look at his or her character and embrace his or her eccentricity!

Granted, I have yet to be moved as much as I was by Yoshimoto’s first novel, Kitchen. I liked the little mentions of books bringing joy. True to her style, it’s also a story about goodbyes, one which doesn’t feel heavy at all though. Banana Yoshimoto captures an emotion that occurs in many day to day things that is very elusive so masterfully. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


She refuses pity; she refuses tears, because she knows things are as they are. Reminds me of the saying that everyone likes a nice guy, but we just love a scoundrel.

People in love understand that better than anyone. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Tsugumi, someone who has never been out of their town, yet has the life force of more than the entire towns people combined, dazzles her, blinds her and somehow helps her see yoshimoho it was she came back for. The style is relaxed, the memories, feelings and thoughts are beautifully captured, the imagery is well described, definitely.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: But the presiding magic of this novel is the prose. If another translation came out I’d re-read it though.

A Review of Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. And she avoids many of the cliches that often seem to inhabit books where a key character is facing death.

But love works strange miracles in our life on this planet. I love the way Yoshimoto describes situations you could never articulate yourself. I normally really like Banana Yoshimoto’s books but this one is definitely not as good as some of her others. I would recommend this for people who can appreciate books that bananaa more emotionally-provoking rather than something really thought-provoking.

I loved yoshimkto by this author but I actually prefer this book.

Like Liked by 1 person. It was also irritating that Maria has convenient “hunches” whenever things are out of the ordinary. We all continued to rsugumi enchanted by her. As Maria describes Tsugumi: Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.