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.’.

Author: Zolokus Zulkitaxe
Country: Chile
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Marketing
Published (Last): 21 January 2004
Pages: 45
PDF File Size: 11.53 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.20 Mb
ISBN: 991-5-22123-577-7
Downloads: 33782
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Arashiran

Yoshimoto has given readers a snapshot of a generation of Japanese women caught between traditional expectations that define them in male-dominated marriages and their desire to remain young, pure and free. The narrators of her novels exude pure optimism, even as they suffer.

N.P by Banana Yoshimoto

Swept up by her heroine, Kazami Kano, off we run through the streets of Tokyo. Almost one with the girl, we feel the oppressive summer heat, her loneliness, blind trust and choking fear. A contemporary, hip treatment.

But what really makes N. Banana Yoshimoto has won numerous prizes in her native Japan, and her first book, Kitchenhas sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have been translated and published in more than twenty countries. She lives in Tokyo. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

But the book may never be published in his native Japan: Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Kitchen A Black cat book. Strange Weather in Tokyo: Review Praise for N. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 25 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Follow the Author

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It doesn’t look new but still very good. Actually I like it very much! Time yoshimoti shippement correct as well. You know how people refer to “a man’s man” or “an actor’s actor”?

Well, sometimes you see mention of a writer’s writer, and I can’t think of a better way to describe Banana Yoshimoto and her work. She hit the Japanese literary scene with a bang inand was the unchallenged “it” girl thereafter.

All at the age of Since then she has had an influential and interesting output. The book is about fate, incest, family, lesbianism, suicide, obsession abnana secrets.

To be honest, I probably don’t need Banana Yoshimoto to give me any insight into those topics. 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.


The characters in this book are young or childish, which is differentdepressed, smart, listless and unmoored. There is a vague sense of the whole bananaa generation” thing all over again with a Japanese spin. Everything is bright, light and effortless, except when it is dark, heavy and burdensome. The other pleasure of this book just comes from the delight one takes in good writing. This yooshimoto spare, delicate stuff, with subtle suggestions and grace notes built around cryptic conversations, small observations and passing thoughts.

Minimal and clean, this style accents subject yishimoto that could easily have been handled in a lurid manner. Delicacy in the handling of dramatic unpleasantness is an interesting style, and if you are at all interested in a work that is playful, earnest and a bit foreign, this could bqnana a nice choice. I have to say that I no this novel with a mix of expectation bsnana trepidation from the mixed reviews. Though the press and professional book reviews rave about this novel, reviews from everyday readers are not as kind.

This was actually one of the last of yooshimoto 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. I say this is arguably the best thing she has written to date. Kitchen was equally wonderful, but I think the extra length of this novel really helped to flesh out the three four really main characters. Whereas Amrita seemed almost too long.

The novel revolves around Kazami, a likable University employee. She is a very stereotypical modern Japanese literature character: The other characters of note are all related: Saki is a fellow University employee and her brother Otohiko as well as their sister Sui referred to as step sister at one point. The story begins with Kazami translating the 98th short story of the aforementioned characters’ father.

Though Japanese, he wrote babana English. But several people connected to this story end up committing suicide, including Kazami’s ex-boyfriend and the author. The story in question is N.

Sui is an interesting character. Without giving any plot away, I can tell you she is very damaged, but acts in very selfless ways though often violent. In the afterword Yoshimoto even wrote that she felt Sui’s character was a kind of Bodhisattva, a character that took on pain, suffering, and hardship in order to benefit the lives of the other characters and increase their happiness.

It plays out well when read with this in mp. The characters are all very interesting, and they are believable, even banans the situation seems somewhat shocking or far fetched. When we delve into the reasons behind events and actions, we can see how and why the character felt justified.

It’s yyoshimoto testament to the quality of Yoshimoto’s characterization. The story is a rather quick one, I read it in about 2 hours pages and like most of her translated works, not a ton of text on each page.


It’s a wonderful, contemplative book that gives the reader pause to consider fate, banaan, happiness, and sacrifice. Much more fluid than Amrita, and I felt the characters more normal on the surface yet more abnormal in the end than those in Kitchen or other works by the author. There is really to supernatural element here other than a kind of self fulfilling prophecy.

No UFOs or clairvoyance. This novel is all about these four confused souls and their coming together over the course of one summer in connection with the seemingly cursed 98th story. Remarkable for the simplicity of prose yet complexity of story telling and meaning. Typical of what I’ve come to think of as Japanese fiction. Written in stark, simple prose; an odd lilt to the dialogue – a combination of all bananw characters sounding the same and English not really being spoken that way; the surreal situation, the strong hint of the supernatural and the characters’ automatic acceptance banqna that supernatural element.

The idea is very haunting. An author who writes short stories so powerful he, as well as those who try to translate them from English to Japaneseend up committing suicide.

The author’s children and the translator’s ex-girlfriend meet, become friends, fall in love and part after one summer.

Yet it seems like this novel only skims the surface of possibility. Very strong forces propel one to suicide, and such forces were only hinted at or smoothed over by characters’ declarations of how troubled they were and how much they wanted to die. What about the first ninety-seven stories – what part do they play in the characters’ lives as well as the novel itself?

The characters of Saki and Otohiko don’t emerge as individuals either.

: NP (): Banana Yoshimoto: Books

At times this reminded me of also Japanese movie ‘The Ring’, with the mysterious deaths and its general eerie unsettling undertone. But its explanations ysohimoto hardly convincing enough. See all 25 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Hardboiled yoshimmoto Hard Luck. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us.

English Choose a language for shopping. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.