Amrita (アムリタ) is a novel written by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto (吉本 ばなな)in and translated into English in by Russell F. Wasden. If Amrita was set in Surrey, no one would give a damn. Thank heavens for tatami mats, bamboo blinds and the smell of cooking prawns. Amrita, a Sanskrit word that literally means “immortality,” is the name of Banana Yoshimoto’s strange novel. It’s an essentially plotless tale.

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They are not for the casual reader or those looking to be entertained. No punchline or twist, nothing too profound, it was just as it is. Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana’s sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. Of course, the reason why my opinion of the book this time is so different to when I read it a couple of years ago has a lot more bamana do with me than with the book.

People seem to like Banana’s books for her writing style — oddly enough, that’s exactly what I dislike about this one [and, now that I think of it, I didn’t much like it in Kitcheneither].

Anche la trama all’inizio sembrava interessante: Of course I was amused by how random it is. It might be unfair to rate this novel so low when I skipped most of it, and will probably toss it away before I could finish it. Yet as this year’s. Just as Sakumi needed an accident to give her the necessary distance to view her life, most of us find it difficult to get the required perspective to see our world as it really is, and being caught up in the daily grind makes it difficult to yosyimoto if we’re happy or not.


I even had a nightmare of losing my beloved.

AMRITA by Banana Yoshimoto , Michael Emmerich | Kirkus Reviews

The characters are strong and beautifully weird and seem to appreciate the life with semi-colons. Banaa takes patience and commitment to reading a Yoshimoto novel. Open Preview See a Problem? As such, they portray the turbulence, freethinking, and rebelliousness of the young of that era. The main character of this Yoshimoto book is quite similar to all of her novels: Banana YoshimotoRussell F. Saku-chan lives at home with her mother, a cousin, her young half-brother Yoshio, and a woman friend yoshjmoto her mother’s.

Jul 06, Sharon rated it really liked it. Every sequential chapter, distinctly out of joint with the previous, made me feel like I was floating out in the ether somewhere. Some might argue that Yoshimoto’s story is too surreal, too fragmented, “too detailed” as a friend put it.

Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

Towards the end of the novel, Sakumi is also urged to quench her thirst by drinking in everyday occurrences – the water of life. The protagonist is usually a cool and confident young woman, who has experienced a death of a close relative or a young friend. I don’t think I’d really recommend anyone read this unless they actually like her other stuff.

In Amrita, now in Grove Press paperback, when a celebrated actress dies under shocking circumstances, she leaves behind an older sister, Sakumi, who suffers from memory loss in the wake of nanana accident. She keeps her personal life guarded, and reveals little about her certified Rolfing practitioner, Hiroyoshi Tahata and son born in By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Tony’s Reading List: 63 – ‘Amrita’ by Banana Yoshimoto

Is this “Banana-maniac” everyone is talking about? Yoshio eventually finds acceptance at a school for autistic and special children. I’ve read few magical realism before, but never one like this.


It’s true magical realism, in the vein of Salman Rushdie or her modern Japanese peer Haruki Murakami. It simply continues to change, endlessly moving on” Amrita, the sanskrit word yes, sanskritmeans life flow and throughout the book it flows.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yoshimoto’s writing hoshimoto that strange and beautiful quali Maybe 3. Yoshimoto strong suit is perfectly describing moments I could have written down many, many a,rita quotes from this lovely story.

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It felt much more disjointed and unpolished that Banana Yoshimoto’s other works; it’s a lot longer than her others, and I wonder if her writing is more suited to shorter fiction. Saku-chan and Yoshio grow closer: It doesn’t mean it gets better or worse. Book ratings by Goodreads. However, the mother in the story does not give a damn whether her son absents himself from school or not.

However, she described what was happening in too many details that for several instances, I lost track of what she was saying. I’m a bit older, hopefully a bit wiser and more able to read things into a novel like this one some of which probably weren’t intended.

I could have taken a deep breath, looked away, and forced myself to say it. The effect is hypnotic.