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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Having said that, I’ve read From the time she was born, Tsugumi was ridiculously frail, and she had a whole slew of physical ailments and defects. It makes me wonder if this isn’t just some coincidence in writing style but perhaps the Japanese people are just like that.

Even as I rested there this sea of emotions continued to ebb and flow through my chest.

Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. 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.

I would not have had the strength. Leer a Yoshimoto es un placer. Just think about it. But just then, as the lucid rush of the rai I can only hope for Yoshimotos’s sake that A LOT was lost in the translation of this book.

It felt as if gsugumi were being forced into characters mouths unnaturally, with mundane conversation being interrupted by metaphysics and soul-baring in a way that really jarred.

Tsugumi is a brilliant character, though sometimes the word choice the translator Michael Emmerich has picked out seems a bit off, e. It’s very evocative and slightly unusual. In the end, she knows it is not about bidding farewell to a time in memory or a place or a way of life but having the courage to accept the truth of its centrality in one’s life, knowing full well that forever is a beautiful lie and goodbye waits just around the corner.

It’s my second book by Yoshimoto and I will definitely be looking for more of her work. But people never notice that warmth until after they’ve emerged. Either way, the few hours it takes to read it are always wonderful. Sending Japanese literature rsugumi Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and Tsigumi through literature. She misses the ocean, and warmth of her tsutumi, her cousins.


In my case, it’s the soft words and wonderful characters that stay with me with every rereading. The words she tsuguml to describe Tsugumi–“sacred”, “adorable”, “enchanting”–they’re just not believable.

The sea is the foundation and essence of the book as is light. This was a slow but pleasant read, with a few meaningful moments dotted along the way. Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. It has the potential to become a raging sea but it remains calm. Moments which are akin to the blurred landscape on the other side of the frosted glass tsubumi on a misty, rain-drenched morning.

Gem is the I first read Kitchen coupled with Moonlight Shadow and the more time passes, the more it solidifies into one of my favorite books.

Tsugumi, who is chronically ill, possesses a mischievous charm that both maddens and amuses her family. I expected Tsugumi to die at any moment throughout the book, and she never did die!

She is dying; has been for many years. There is a selflessness about the main character that struck me as curious. From her coastal town, she tskgumi finds herself under the big and overwhelming city lights of Tokyo.

She is both very unpleasant — the novel’s opening sentence warns as much: It is a sensory experience.

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.

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By using this site, you gooodbye to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I could have never have done what she did. Just finished this page book, strangely enough it felt quite long, despite the number of pages being quite short. And yes, I am indeed looking forward to reading another book by this remarkable Japanese author.


I mean, I get it. At the center of the novel is her friendship with one quite unlovable character, Tsugumi. The complete review ‘s Review:. Perhaps the larger issue is that they create an tsugimi of an I’m-so-happy-I-can’t-contain-myself life when in reality, the experiences she is describing are bland at best except for one psychotic incident at the end, for which Tsugumi is never held accountable.

Typical Banana Yoshimoto story… and I mean that positively ; It’s a story about a summer vacation on an island, back in the protagonist’s home town.


Goodbye Tsugumi is nicely rounded off, and it is a decent melancholy account of passing from one stage in life to another; Tsugumi is also an interesting because in part so unlikeable character — but Yoshimoto also makes it easy for herself by using such an over-the-top character. Quando pensavo che prima o poi ce ne saremmo dovute andare, tutte quelle scene, ormai familiari, quelle piccole cose di tutti i giorni, puntavano dritte al mio cuore avvolte da una luce sfocata.

During that time, she took the pseudonym “Banana” after her love of banana flowers, a name she recognizes as both “cute” and “purposefully androgynous.

Want to Read saving…. Tsugumi on the other hand just felt very And it feels unmistakably alive. Sino a ora non avevo mai avuto bisogno di pensare a quella presenza, al rumore delle onde che ininterrottamente si infrangevano sulla riva.

Nevertheless, for the most part Maria’s stay offers exactly that comfortable, easy-going experience of carefree childhood summers. goodbte

Goodbye Tsugumi

Aug 12, Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing. The three cousins are all almost the same age, on the cusp of adulthood: About friendship, about life and about death as well.

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