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Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (a book review)

Unbelievable warmth. I was flushed with how much warmth I felt after finishing Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen. It was overflowing to the brim; maybe my bowl wasn’t big enough for the amount of care I ended up receiving. 796 more words


'Kitchen' by Banana Yoshimoto

Banana Yoshimoto (1953-) has won several major literary awards since her debut, Kitchen, was published in 1988. It’s a coming of age drama featuring a detached, young female chef overcoming her grief regarding the death of her family, and her isolation, through her relationship with her roommate and his mother (a transwoman). 924 more words


Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto: A Harmonious Tale of Dealing with Death and the Merciless Continuation of Life

And it all starts in the Kitchen.

If you read Saturday Shenanigans, you would find out that on Wednesday afternoon and a bit of the evening, I read a 107 page novella. 1,922 more words


Loneliness and Grief in Yoshimoto’s Kitchen

The heart of the home truly is the kitchen for the young protagonist of Banana Yoshimoto’s debut novel Kitchen (translated by Megan Backus). University student Mikage Sakurai loves kitchens, which become her refuge when the death of her grandmother making her an orphan twice over. 715 more words

Rita & Reading

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich


The Lake was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I didn’t really know what to expect. As usual, I read the description when I first chose to put the book on my TBR and didn’t bother looking at it again when I sat down to read it. 425 more words


"It was total science fiction. The blackness of the cosmos."

I have been travelling throughout August with intermittent internet access, so I haven’t been able to publish any posts. While I was away, I read  728 more words

Book Review

Who I Discovered Since I Discovered Murakami

I can’t remember exactly when I first discovered Haruki Murakami but it must have been sometime around 2000. There was a video game magazine that I used to read that had a monthly feature on Japanese culture and one of his books – After the Quake – was reviewed in it. 691 more words

Banana Yoshimoto