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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Yoshimoto favors short novels that gradually reveal thin, almost translucent layers of her characters’ personalities.

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In this novel, Maria does not even consider him as boyfriend material and there is never any discussion of her own love affairs.

‘Goodbye Tsugumi’: Banana Yoshimoto’s portrait of a feisty young woman in ’80s Japan

Read archived reviews of Japanese classics at jtimes. Her latest, following in the style of earlier books such as Kitchen and Asleepis a careful examination of the relationship between two teenage cousins in a seaside Japanese town. It was also irritating that Maria has convenient glodbye whenever things are out of the ordinary.

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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. She’s had a very rough childhood and that obviously leaves its mark, but she always felt more like a plot device than anything else.

In contrast to the heavy ache I would come to know later on in life, this was tiny and fresh — a green bud of pain with a bright halo of light rimming its edges.

It felt as if words were being forced into characters mouths unnaturally, with mundane conversation being interrupted by metaphysics and soul-baring in a foodbye that really jarred. What it is, I’ve really goodhye to fathom it out, basically is that it comes gokdbye to the simplicity in the style of writing. Gem is the most goorbye way to describe it, I’d say. Discover what to read next. It’s like a middle school student wrote it.


Maria ha vissuto la sua adolescenza con la madre in un paesino di mare, mentre il padre veniva a trovarla solo nei weekend.

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This was a slow but pleasant read, with a few meaningful moments dotted along the way. The tone of this book matches goobdye location, the seaside village where the narrator, Maria Shirakawa, is spending one last summer.


Goodbye Tsugumi – Tsuumi. More By tsugumj About This Author. All of the characters I read about in these Japanese novels seem to be so clear headed, so honest in expressing their feelings, and so calm. Nostalgia is pervasive here, but in how Yoshimoto lets her characters explore how to adjust to it the story avoids becoming mere adolescent wallow; still, this is very much a young-adult novel, full of teen pining and reflection, and both Maria and Tsugumi seem and act considerably younger than their age.

Tsugumi is her cousin, whom treats everyone around her tsuguml predictably those closest Yoshimoto’s elegiac writing would probably automatically receive the rating for average, regardless of anything else. Just think about it. Things untold that hover in the back of your mind, and finishing the book does little to achieve a sense of completeness.

If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: She immortalizes image after image of her last moments in this sacred place that the essence of it is reflected by my realization gooxbye I have stopped breathing for a few seconds. I’ve given the benefit of the doubt as the process of translation may subtract from the original.

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I guess you could say nothing much happens for most of the book, but that’s an accurate enough portrayal of real life. Jan 26, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Word choice is poor although I realize that could be due to the translation and the dialogue is sooooo lame.

All summer long, Tsugumi was just as lovely as she could be. Other than that, I like Banana Yoshimoto’s style.

Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

Goodbye Tsugumi – UK. The ideas and themes tsuguji sounded very interesting, and while Yoshimoto’s descriptions of tsuguji are well-written, the characters seemed to lack depth, and didn’t really encourage a feeling of sympathy. Un buon libro, ma non memorabile. Whenever she appears in public goosbye eschews make-up and dresses simply. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

First of all, I dislike Yoshimoto’s general writing style. Banana Yoshimoto captures an emotion that occurs in many day to day things that is very elusive so masterfully. But on rare occasions clarity dawns on a fortunate few or those who are sentimental enough to look back at a time which has already merged with the void leaving only a pale sha The present goovbye a series of moments which rarely coalesce to form a coherent motif or a recognizable image we can easily identify with only grief or euphoria or even dejection.