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Amrita
Amrita
by Banana Yoshimoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, like cotton candy, but ethnocentric and shallow, 13 April 2007
This review is from: Amrita (Paperback)
Banana tries very hard to seem deep, but in her attempts, she reveals a great deal of ethnocentrism. On Saipan, it is only the spirits of Japanese peopel whom the main character, Sakumi, can sense -- not the overwhelming tragedy of the many native Chomorros who were displaced and/or slaughtered whilst Japan and the US waged a war of race and power on Chomorro land. Sakumi is elitest, rich, priviledged, educated, skilled, and yet she doesn't DO anything, she just whines about how life isn't the best thing ever, oh, boo hoo, my druggie sister who I never even spent time with killed herself.

Sure, the story has its moments -- Yoshio is an adorable character, and the "mysticism" can seem sort of cool, but it never develops its "epiphanies" or expands horizons.

It's disappointing, really.


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