TranslationThe weaknesses here made me sad Both stories are narrated by a different young woman The Scandals and Secrets (Hearts Of Fire, language is often simple but rather than the spare beauty I vaguely associate with Japanese and Chinese writing it s mostly just banal and awkward That may be how angst riddenove up bereaved Japanese YAs really speak or spoke 30 years ago or it may be the translation but the result is the sameAfter a particularly egregious section of stilted psychobabble one character says What kind of talk is that Sounds Shooting for a Century like it was translated from English I guess the author is aware of how clunky it is OddIt s amazing how good this is I saidIsn t it said HiirajiYes it s delicious So delicious it makes me grateful I m alive I saidAnother Why do Iove everything that has to do with kitchens so much a kitchen represents some distant I, Partridge longing engraved on my soul Does anyone thinkike that And it doesn t answer the uestion anywayMetaphors must be hard to translate but this one is so mixed up I grudgingly admire it The two of us alone were flowing down that river of Shadow of the Templar light suspended in the cosmic darkness and were approaching a critical junctureMaybe YAs would relate to the characters better than I did I have no idea but I d be reluctant to recommend it to them because of the next problemTransgender is not TransvestiteThe weaknesses here made me cross Anyone concerned with LGBT issues especially trans ones may feel the urge to throw this book at the wall One has to remember it s a different culture a generation ago but the trouble is it doesn t feelike a historical novelOne young man takes to wearing his dead girlfriend s sailor suit school uniform He finds that comforting and no one would think it odd for a girl to wear a boyfriend s jumper a female friend is mortified to be seen with him but other girls find it attractive because they assume it means he understands women Not exactly enlightened views but plausible perhaps However they re not challenged which tacitly condones themWorse is the trans character She s much Unforgiven (Warriors for the Light loved and sympathetically portrayed but the terminology is muddled and descriptions would raise eyebrows and hackles nowadays Early on she is described as having had everything done from her face to her whatever but she is often referred to as really being a man or a transvestite Then it turns out that it was only when her wife died that she realised I didn tike being a man It became clear that the best thing to do was to adopt a sort of muddled cheerfulness So I became a woman Really Just Buried Sins (The Three Sisters Inn, like that To be cheerfully muddledFinding Solace after BereavementThe sudden death ofoved ones is a unifying aspect of both stories They all find awkward support from each other and one finds solace in kitchens and food another in jogging and the river that had divided them been their meeting place and was ultimately where they were separated for everI felt that I was the only person alive and moving in a world brought to a stop Houses always feel Six Days in Leningrad like that after someone has diedIf I hadost a parent partner or child maybe I d have been engaged with this book but I suspect my experience would be so different as to be barely comparable I m grateful that I m not in the position to compareStill this helpfully explains that The Darkness losing a partner is even worse thanosing a dog or a bird So I ve Flyboy learned something DepthThere were glimpses of something deeper When overtly self analytical I don t think they worked but some were genuinely poignant and thought provokingMikage was an orphan raised by her grandmother I was always aware that my family consisted of only one other person The space that cannot be filled no matter how cheerfully a child and an old personive together the deathly silence that panting in the corner of the room pushes its way in A Dark Sicilian Secret like a shudder The punctuation is aittle odd thoughReality Magical Realism DreamsBoth stories have a dash of this In the first it s a dream that might be a premonition in the second there s an ethereal character who maybe shows another character a Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek little gap in timeuote Far off in the pale sky thin clouds gently flowed suspended It was the kind of frozen morning in which mood shadows seem to be pasted on the sky She was someone whose face told you nothing Theittle girl whose face epitomized grandchild Her power was the brilliance of her charm which condemned her to an ice cold oneliness The sound of raindrops began to fall in the transparent stillness of the evening Traditional housewives had been taught probably by caring parents not to exceed the boundaries of their happiness On the deserted bridge with the city misted over by the blue haze of dawn my eyes absently followed the white embankment that continued *On To Who Knows *to who knows I rested enveloped by the sound of the current I want to continue iving with the awareness that I will die Without that I am not alive Hmmm I did a uick audit of my Japanese cultural input and came up with the following MOVIES Tokyo Story beautiful acknowledged masterpiece Nobody Knows great indy Kikujiro worth watching Love Exposure uite insane probably brilliant unmissable but you should be warned that it s uite insane Visitor er probably avoid this one Really gross Seven Samurai may be the greatest film ever if there is such a thingWESTERN PERSPECTIVES Babel brilliant film but the Tokyo part is strange uncomfortable Lost in Translation what planet was everyone else on This was a snoozefest If you haven t seen it count yourself fortunateNOVELS In the Miso Soup Ryu Murakami yeah I iked this A Personal matter Oe yeah I HATED this The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by the other Marukami guy I LOVED this because it was this The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by the other Marukami guy I LOVED this because it was easy to parody and gave me my top scoring review While I was reading it was a different storyMUSICAbsolutely NOTHING And now to add to this very small Japanese input Kitchen a tender sprig of a novel It was kind of goofy kind of nice kind of weirdly translated Kind of sad Had a transgendered person and a transvestite Had a ot of food If I write any of this review it Oh Baby! ll beonger than the novel But basically I need Japanese stuff Recommendations welcome. Amheid van het Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, leven in een grote moderne Japanse stad Het is net als Moonlight Shadow een elegant verhaal waarvan de schijnbare eenvoud in feite deist is van de verteller back cover.
free download キッチン KitchinCan cooking help you cope with the despondency you feel from oss I m not talking about wolfing down garlic mashed potatoes from a pan I m talking about a multi course gourmet meal that you are willing to toss out if it s not perfect and start all over again That s the theme of Kitchen Our main character is a twentyish woman who ost her father at an early age and then her mother She went to ive with grandparents but her grandfather died and then her grandmother and now she has no How to Become a Virgin living relatives She turns to her kitchen But she is also invited toive with the family of a young man she has known since childhood Now here s a modern family just two people the young man and his mother But did I tell you his father is his mother Or to phrase that correctly his mother is his father It s a transgender situation The two young people are drawn to each other but then he is hit by Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, loss They grapple with trying to help each other maybeove each other or maybe just pity each other and try to stop each other from jumping over the edge This very short novel has a short story appended at the end Moonlight Shadow This story also about The Bosss Baby Surprise loss and it could be the same woman takes us into magical realism Maybe they do come back ateast to tell you they re okI found the two stories very moving and fascinating to read Translated from the Japanese Photo Model of a Japanese kitchen ca 1880 from peabodyharvardedu This is a book on healing a ovely ook at the hurting human heart and its captivating reflection Convalescence has never been so beautiful One has to admit that the theme of Command Performance loss initerature has been one of the most exploited and has been done so masterfully by the best But never have I encountered one on recovery where it has been handled as exuisitely Everyone we Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, love is dying Still to ceaseiving is unacceptable When you The Perfect Blend lose someone a void is created You seek to fill that hole inside you Stability is what you desire because your once solid world of certainties has crumbled And so weatch onto the most basic things and habits Constant things we know that will never eave and never fail us a kitchen co 2 uirky azy sloppy stars I wanted to Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss like this book very much In the end I couldn t Poor writing incongruent character psychologies and inane dialogue took any enjoyment away from a rather sweet melancholyove story Another Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] little novella was included in this volume Moonlight Shadow I do not have the patience nor the stamina to read it There s something about Japanese writers They have the unparalleled ability of transforming an extremely ordinary scene from our everyday mundaneives into something magical and other worldly A man walking along a river bank on a misty April morning may appear to our senses as an ethereal being barely human on the path to deliverance and self discovery There s something deeply melancholic yet powerfully meaningful about the beautiful vignettes they beget Few other writers are capable of creating such exuisite surrealistic imagery as the Japanese writers Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto is no exception to this cherished convention Revolving around the theme of dealing with oss Kitchen focuses on two young women as protagonists and their perceptions of dealing with oss Kitchen focuses on two young women as protagonists and their perceptions of and death It tells us about how recurring personal tragedies shape and reshape our views on Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm life and death the kind of catharsis we wish for and the mechanisms we often end up resorting to in order to keep our personal grief from spilling over into the realm of our everyday realityKitchen is definitely not the most ingeniously narrated tale ever Rather it suffers from the monotony of brief simple sentences that may not sit well with some readers whoove elouence But this simplistic mode of narration helps it stay true to its original intention that of recounting the story of ordinary people doing ordinary things yet coming to unexpectedly profound realizations about the great uandary of Whispers Of The Heart life Ohet s face it I The Dukes Gamble love everything Banana Yoshimoto s ever written But that said she s not for everyone she s a minimalist storyteller ateast in my opinion able to turn the emotional state of the right reader with the flick of just one beautiful perfect phrase but only if you re ready to catch that beautiful perfect phrase and appreciate it for what it is Give up on this review yet Then you shouldn t be reading Yoshimoto Actually consisting of two novellas Kitchen named after the better of the two is the story of 1990s urban Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, life in Japan full of uirky postmodern characters right at the beginning of an age where the Webet everyone on the planet understand that If you Let Go liked the movie Amelie youl Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition love the sparse haunting story of a hurt woman being told here who slowly One of the many things I ove about goodreads is that a person is able to see what other friends think about a novel before committing oneself to reading it I would have never read KITCHEN had I not seen that Mariel Oriana and Jason Pettus three of my friends all thought highly of this slim book
*but even with *even with high ratings of these three friends I still had to find out information about Banana Yoshimoto the author So I went to Wikipedia obviously where else would I go and read about her accomplishments and many iterary awards in her home country of Japan It seemed there was a phase Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward lovingly referred to as Bananamania both in the US and in Japan Then just as I had decided that perhaps this book was not worth moving to the top of my TBR pile I saw that Yoshimoto had outspokenly said that she aims to win the Nobel Prize initerature I oved this bravado Most critics don t see this as happening saying she is a ightweight Well I put what the critics had to say aside and began reading this novelAnd I have to say I How to Disappear loved the use of a kitchen as a metaphor forife and Act Like You Know life s daily interactions When you stop to think about it there are aot of events that happen in a kitchen over the course of the day I had never stopped to give this much thought In graduate school I did read some essays by a sociologist and anthropologist team that ventured across Europe studying bathrooms as a Kitchen is een origineel en ontroerend boek dat drie verhalen bevat Kitchen Volle maan Kitchen 2 en Moonlight ShadowKitchen is het verhaal van de jonge Mikage die de ordeloosheid in ha. ,
Ay to see into a country s culture But if the kitchen metaphor was only a stand a A Guide to Americas Sex Laws lone point of the story the book would have floundered So Yoshimoto supplies whatever actions happen in a kitchen home apartment restaurant even the simple act of eating as communion with directanguage that is sparse beautiful and Agewise laden with underlying messages You see the real uestion of this novel is What doesove mean to a person when it becomes absent in one s ife This is an incredibly difficult uestion to answer for both the characters in the story as well as for the reader In the story Mikage oses her grandmother and is then invited to stay with Eriko a transvestite and her his son Yuichi For the most part this piecemeal family goes about its daily interactions as any normal family would That is until tragedy strikes I won t spoil what happens but A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World let s just say Mikageoses again along with some other characters It is at this point that the reader takes on a new role one of participant There are several choices that the reader must make 1 stop reading 2 allow the events to play out and continue reading or 3 believe in the tragedy and get Anthropology as Cultural Critique lost in the story I chose number 3 And even though I have no basis of understanding to compare to these characters I felt their pain the confusion the moments of helplessness that teeter precariously on the edge of hopelessness Perhaps it would be easy toabel this as just a sentimental novel by an overrated novelist but that may be missing the point This is a powerful novel if allowed to be read as a powerful novel It tries to give answers to difficult uestions Sometimes the novel succeeds Sometimes it fails even dare I say becomes hokey But all of that can be whitewashed over by the simple notion that this novel achieves what other great novels achieve the ability to be whatever the reader wants it to beI cannot say that Banana Yoshimoto will be a contender for the Nobel Prize but I can say that she delivers a strong argument for being one of the great writers currently writing todayVERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if a person hasn t ever experienced true despair she grows old never knowing how to evaluate where she is in Anyone life never understanding what joy really is I m grateful for it Samadrita in her excellent review began with There s something about Japanese writers They have the unparalleled ability of transforming an extremely ordinary scene from our everyday mundaneives into something magical and other worldlyI thoroughly agree with her and that magical uality transforms what could have been a rather banal book into a great oneThe book is divided into two stories both concerning young Japanese womenKitchenMikage Sakurai has ost her dearl Kitchen and its accompanying story Moonlight Shadow comprise the first novella by award winning Japanese novelist Banana Yoshimoto Both stories are told through the eyes of young women grieving following the death of a oved one and deal with how that death plays a profound role in relationships going forward Told in straight forward prose eaving nothing to chance Yoshimoto tells two elegant
stories In Kitchen Mikage Sakurai had just ost her grandmother the ast person in her family toIn Kitchen Mikage Sakurai had just ost her grandmother
The Last Person In Herlast person in her to away Alone in the world and unable to cope with her university schedule Mikage falls into a bleak existence One day a classmate named Yuichi Tanabe invites her to ive with him and his mother in their apartment because Mikage s grandmother had a profound effect on him Although reluctant to accept the kindness Mikage agrees and the Tanabe s couch becomes her new home Mikage becomes rooted in the kitchen It becomes her compass by which she compares all homes that she has ever entered Upon arriving she takes over cooking for Yuichi and his mother Eriko a transvestite who runs an all night club Both ead busy Bitter Choices lives and emit positive energy encouraging Mikage to engage in her newfound passion of cooking The three make up a new family unit until Mikage can recover from all the death around her Months pass and Eriko is murdered at her club The tables turn and Mikage helps Yuichi cope with hisoss Their relationship continues to center around food and Yoshimoto paints a vivid picture of their ife with her description of food and Colors As Well As as well as s dreams that determine which ife path that she should take Although both Mikage and Yuichi appear to have bleak existences their story ends with the reader feeling hopeful that they have finally turned the corner These dreams segue to Yoshimoto s second story Moonlight Shadow Satsuki is only twenty years old when her boyfriend of four years Hitoshi passes away in a tragic accident Unable to cope she turns to jogging in order to push away sad thoughts Hitoshi s brother Hiirage who is also coping with the death in his own way attempts to pull Satsuki out of her destitute Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold life yet to no avail Eventually a stranger named Urara appears and tells Satsuki of a phenomenon that could end her pain at once Thiseads to a denouement in which Yoshimoto gives Satsuki hope for her future Banana Yoshimoto has been a Mikhail Bakhtin leading Japanese novelist for the past thirty years Her first two stories contrast the pain of death for theiving with their hope for a brighter future Using uscious imagery of food and dreams Yoshimoto creates vivid scenes in which the iving should be happy to be alive These two stories compliment each other perfectly and rate 4 bright stars People aren t overcome by situations or outside forces defeat invades from withinI didn t ike this book It comprises a novella Kitchen and short story Moonlight Shadow but I m not sure how much is the book s fault and how much can be attributed to being set in an unfamiliar culture Japanese teenstwenties possibly bad translation and that although the atmosphere is contemporary it was actually written and set nearly 30 years agoI was expecting yrical Bargaining for Brooklyn language and uirky insights into Japanese attitudes to death and LGBT issues I was sadly disappointed but kept going because it was short and because I gave up part way through my previous book something I rarely doLanguage Teens and. Areven compenseert met een overmatige iefde voor keukens Nadat haar grootmoeder is overleden trekt ze in bij kennissen Daar wordt ze geconfronteerd met transseksualiteit en de eenza. ,