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Hardcover – 31 Aug 2000

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  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; First American Edition First Printing edition (31 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802116698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802116697
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,841,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Banana Yoshimoto's Asleep is actually three novellas: "Night and Night's Travelers", "Love Songs" and "Asleep". The death of those close to the narrator is a recurring theme in the stories with sleep being used as a vehicle in which the everyday is denied whilst more important spiritual matters--coming to terms with the death, and life, of loved ones--can be achieved. In "Night and Night's Travelers" the narrator's brother has died and his lover has begun sleepwalking--her night-walks are a communion, a curse and a blessing, and a route through to understanding. In "Love Songs", a woman involved with a man whose wife is in a coma begins to sleep uncontrollably. In "Asleep" the narrator is haunted by an old rival in a love triangle--again, through sleep, and perhaps through dreams or a certain kind of sensibility, a hitherto forbidden or foreclosed communion flourishes. Yoshimoto has a wonderfully light touch and whilst the characterisation in these novellas is slight and the mysticism a little cloying, the optimism is infectious and the sadness beautifully articulated. "Asleep" is well worth staying awake for..


Three novellas narrate the individual stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep--a sleepwalker mourning a lost love, a woman unable to remain awake who is involved in an affair with a man whose wife is in a coma, and a woman whose dreams are haunted by a woman she once confronted in a love triangle.

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5.0 out of 5 starsThe master storyteller is back!
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3.0 out of 5 starsREADING AND DREAMING
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5.0 out of 5 stars... stories around the world of dreams - I absolutely​ love Ms. Yoshimoto's talented narrative
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