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Goodbye Tsugumi
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2004
We may not see it all the time, but in Goodbye Tsugumi, Banana Yoshimoto is there to show us that there is beauty in the simplest things and truth in life's most brutal moments. Using delicate and heartfelt prose she has taken what is actually a rather simplistic story and made every sentence flow and every page surprise with the beauty of the smallest everyday thing. From leftover cakes to forgotten mailboxes, everything can mean more when looked at a certain way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2008
This was a Christmas present from a friend as I'd heard about this author and was interested in trying her books. I don't know if this is a good one to have started with or not but it's a lovely story.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2003
Together with Kitchen, Goodbye Tsugumi shows Banana Yoshimoto's clear ability to make the mundane glorious and the supernatural and unbelievably unlikely commonplace and plausible.
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am a big fan of Banana Yoshimoto because I love the way she turns a simple, typical and mundane event into something fastinating and moving.

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.
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on 28 February 2015
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. I regret not being able to read Japanese because, although an easy reading, some descriptions are very beautiful and I get the sense I'm missing out on the original text.
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on 4 January 2013
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... I know others who love it though!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2004
Great prose, delightful storyline. Well crafted and a beautiful ending. Looking forward to reading other Banana Yoshimoto novels.
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on 23 August 2014
Excellent if like me you like Japanese authors who turn out remarkable tales.
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