& Hard Luck

eBook - 2005
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Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780802117991
Branch Call Number: Fiction Yoshimoto
Characteristics: 149 p. ; 19 cm


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Aug 16, 2011

As always, Banana Yoshimoto conveys complex emotions within the framework of just slightly strange circumstance. I'm always surprised at how well her books translate into English from Japanese; there is never any awkwardness in her writing, which probably both is a testament to skillful writing and employing a talented translator. This short book is made up of what could be considered two novellas or even two short stories. It's a quick read, and an enjoyable one.

ksoles Jun 09, 2011

In her seventh book, Yoshimoto tells two stories of heartbreak, fatality, mysticism and grace. "Hardboiled" depicts a haunted narrator on the anniversary of her ex-lover's death; after a solitary mountain trek, she experiences otherworldly forces that help her make peace with her loss. "Hard Luck" features a woman whose sister lies in a coma and whose family struggles with letting go.

Though less profound than Kitchen, Hardboiled and Hard Luck displays Yoshimoto's precision, her refined insight and her ability to find hope within trauma. Her prose may be sparse yet her themes are anything but.


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