- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (3 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571212794
- ISBN-13: 978-0571212798
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,108,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goodbye Tsugumi Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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About the Author
Banana Yoshimoto was born in 1964. She is the author of Kitchen, N.P., Lizard, Amrita, Asleep and Goodbye Tsugumi. Her writing has won numerous prizes around the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's about 3 girls - Tsugumi, Maria and Yoko. Tsugumi and Yoko are sisters and Maria their cousin (she is the narrator). It's about their lives, their family and growing up along with all the problems that brings. Whilst simple in style, it is an enjoyable read. Perhaps a little too slow for me in that I remained detached from the characters, always feeling like an outsider.
I'd like to read her other work, in time. I don't feel I could rush out and read something else by her right now. This book will stay in my memory as a lovely little tale.
It is strange how such ordinary events as descibed in this book can be so enthralling, and Yoshimoto creates precise pictures of moods like no other author I have read can.
The paradoxical concept of an amazingly frail but boisterous and arrogant girl is put across to the reader so that you adopt Maria, the main character's opinions on her - it is a love-hate relationship that is only resolved towards the end of the book.
It is impossible to describe what makes this book so intense to read and so enjoyable, but perhaps it is the unpredictability of the plot or Yoshimoto's trademark lucid descriptions. It could even be down to something as frivolous as the 'special' typeface and wide line spacing which make the book so pleasurable and easy to read, even to a sceptic such as myself.
This book should be read in as few sittings as possible.
Even you know nothing about Japan or Japanese people and culture you can still enjoy her books easily because they are all about human's emotions and thoughts.
I have read 5 of her books so far and I have another one waiting on the shelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect condition. I'm not very familiar with Japanese authors and this is a recommendation from a friend. Translation is into International English (US) and you can tell. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sofia
Excellent if like me you like Japanese authors who turn out remarkable tales.Published 17 months ago by Diddily
I do love beautiful prose but I just felt that this was at the expense of enough focus on a good plot. It is without doubt lovely writing but just didn't do it for me... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by K. Railton