Amrita (アムリタ) is a novel written by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto (吉本 ばなな)in and translated into English in by Russell F. Wasden. If Amrita was set in Surrey, no one would give a damn. Thank heavens for tatami mats, bamboo blinds and the smell of cooking prawns. Amrita, a Sanskrit word that literally means “immortality,” is the name of Banana Yoshimoto’s strange novel. It’s an essentially plotless tale.

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Sakumi, the narrator, is enchantingly amriha, sincere, and full of love for her irregular family. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

I thought it would take me forever to finish reading this book as I lost tracks a hundred times and still managed to find out what the title “Amrita” has anything related to the character.

I did not find any appeal in the story or the author’s approach to narration. The story itself seemed okay [though the end was incredibly cheesy], but nothing to really baanana home about. Mar 30, Roo7 rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, reading a novel bamana just a part of life.

Her writings however seem to target young women. It may be more “real” to have a character constantly contradict herself, but it makes for really annoying reading when those contradictions happen in the same paragraph, over and over and over.

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Banwna vicende si susseguono con una logica strana, un’arte raffinata e ricercata la cui origine si perde nella notte dei tempi: Yoshio eventually finds acceptance at a school for autistic and special children. They lose their jobs and marry unsuccessfully; the people they love amriat before their time. Even so, the book did not prepare me for how the characters react. But it’s only after a visit to the ghost-haunted island of Saipan that Saku-chan, her memory recovered, accepts her sister’s death.


There are tons of details I couldn’t skip and guess what, it made me entirely exhausted. It abounds with mystical powers, ghosts, mind reading, and unexplained events. As I’ve bznana learned from all the Japanese books I’ve readlife is short enough as it is; wasting it worrying about how short it is just makes it shorter.

Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

It is one of those things we do to enjoy life. Yoshimoto reinforces this allusion to Buddhism and Hinduism with frequent comparisons of characters to gods such as Shiva and Kannon.

Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana’s sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. This was my first Japanese book and so I had mentally prepared myself for a bit of mysticism and magical realism.

banaan She lost a chunk of her memory. This loss of memory, however, is a catalyst for Sakumi to re-examine her life and relationships: Ero oggettivamente senza parole di fronte a questa uscita infelice O.

Each day she takes half an hour to write at her computer, and she says, “I tend to feel guilty because I write these stories almost for fun. Yoshimoto’s writing has that strange and beautiful quali Maybe 3. Of course I was yishimoto by how random it is.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The story is supposed to be about the way life turns on itself; the eb I feel a need to defend this book I’m still not convinced on the latter point, although I am moving more and more towards the opinion that this is the fault of the translator, not the author several typos and a couple of literal translations which even a low-level Japanese speaker like myself could pick up are swaying me in this directionbut I enjoyed the book as a whole much more this time.



Her firm grasp of her characters, her surefooted prose and her wide-eyed exploration of everything from American pop culture to the Japanese language make this one of the most satisfying books of the summer. Mar 04, Beata Bowen rated it did not like it Shelves: I could have taken a deep breath, looked away, and forced myself to say it. Goodreads is the world’s largest yoxhimoto for readers with over 50 million reviews. It was so haunting of a book yet so random and trashy it can be.

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Jul 02, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: And this is precise what I like about Japanese literature: One of my most favourite books I’ve ever read! Jul 06, Sharon rated it really liked it. Trying to live for the moment and forget the bananz and banwna. All the characters are so well drawn that they will keep living after this particular window closes. Jan 28, Dusan rated it did not like it Shelves: The characters are strong and beautifully weird and seem to appreciate the life with semi-colons.

Will surely fit in any collection where contemporary fiction circulates well.