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4.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto was always going to find its way into my life somehow. Im a fan of Haruki Murakami, and after reading a sparkling review of Kitchen, i decided to give it a go.

The author notes in the preface that this is a story that she has always wanted to tell, and the agonising emotions laid down throughout the book are not dissimilar to the...
Published on 26 July 2008 by reedydeluxe

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
This is the first book that I read of Yoshimoto's work. This piece was really different from the type of books that I usually read but I was pleasantly surprised. The theme of this book is quite an unusual one of our main character's struggle to come to terms with the death of the last member of family that she has. Felling utterly alone, Mikage comes to live with a...
Published on 25 Mar 2009 by Miss C. Valcin


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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all!!, 5 Nov 2001
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Kitchen is a brilliant book, at first it can be difficult to get into, but once you know the characters and the plot it totally immerses you into it. This book has started my love for other Yoshimoto's books. There are several themes explored in the story Kitchen, some being sad, happy or even weird. My first thought of Kitchen is that it is a book with a twist, although you could guess what will happen between Mikage and Yuichi, Yoshimoto creates this suspense that it may not turn out that way. The ending of the first story is rather abrupt and not in itself satisfying, however it leaves room for the reader's own imagination to make up the ending they want. The second story confused me in the first instance because I did not know it was another story until three pages after I started reading it because I seriously did not think that the first story would stop where it did. Overall I really enjoyed the book and finished it really quickly, I can't wait to read it again after I finish Yoshimoto's Amrita and Asleep. I really do reccommend this book to anyone who likes a good bit of fiction or anyone who finds it hard to get into a book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daidokoro, 5 Sep 2009
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Kitchen is no exception to Yoshimoto's trend of warm, simple prose and astute humanism. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommend, 9 Jan 2011
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one of most famous Japanese writer Banana Yoshimoto 's early earls writing. The film was made after word. It was joyable, artistic and cool, recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes magical realism to another level., 15 Dec 1999
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Banana Yoshimoto has succeeded in accomplishing where the Latin American magical realists have failed. A highly recommended debut by Yoshimoto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll not be able to escape from the world of this book..., 14 Oct 1999
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Easy and relaxing while handling a tough subject. I loved this book. Different with a special style.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Death and Food, 29 May 2002
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I really enjoyed reading this book, at least the first half of it, but I found it hard to cope with all the deaths! After all it was the same theme over and over again - how a girl coped with the death of her loved ones.
However, I did love the importance given not just to the kitchen, but also to food in general. Being a food lover myself, I could totally relate to the need for comfort food, the idea of food as something fixed in your life, that you will need anyway, whatever happens around you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painful, 20 Mar 2006
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Written with confidence, I'll give the author that much. But self-indulgent wallowing in pain, death and the past. No sense of character or place. What kitchen? What food? Eat more, and move on.
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