GOODBYE TSUGUMI. Banana Yoshimoto, Author, Michael Emmerich, Translator , trans. from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich. Grove $23 (p) ISBN. Banana Yoshimoto’s novels of young life in Japan have made her an international sensation. Goodbye Tsugumi is an offbeat story of a deep and complicated. Banana Yoshimoto found fame in when her wildly successful debut Goodbye Tsugumi, by Banana Yoshimoto, Translated by Michael.

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There she spends time with Tsugumi, her friend with a particular character. We remember but we move forward. Vague silhouettes flickering somewhere in the horizon coming into sharper focus with the shifting of light and the shortening of distance, and metamorphosing into foodbye very people we are accustomed to admire and despise by turns. View all 27 comments.


More By and About This Author. But over time the quiet town of her beginnings slowly seeps out of her thoughts as she starts to appreciate the brightness of her new surroundings, until she learns that the past she has now taken for granted might never be revisited again. The people around her cut her a lot of slack because of her frail health.

This beautiful tale of two cousins is one of the few books that has truly resonated with my personal outlook. I was thoroughly take This novel, more than anything, wrenched my heart. Her doctors announced that she would die young and her family began preparing for the worst. Buy the selected items together This item: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.


A Review of Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto – Compulsive Reader

Con Tsugumi he sentido mucha paz. As if these people Banaa love and this town are going to vanish from the very face of the earth, a feeling so overwhelmingly bright I can’t stand to look at it straight. I’m glad I read this, coincidentally, as goodye was ending and turning into autumn, as the whole book seems to be about the finite nature of summer. You are commenting using your WordPress. I normally really like Banana Yoshimoto’s books but this one is definitely not as good as some of her others.

It’s my second book by Yoshimoto and I will definitely be looking for more of her work.

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What also surprised me in coming back to this book I had read it several times, all prior to starting the blog was that the dialogue was not quite as childish and banqna as I had thought. This book is about Maria, but also a love story about Tsugumi, who sounds a dreadful individual. Goodbye Tsugumi First edition Japanese. To that, I say Yoshimoto’s characters as well as novels as a whole are often to be absorbed, not exactly read. Her craft lies in exalting the ordinary and the everyday truths of life’s many baffling dichotomies to transcendental wisdom and in converting ambiguous characters to people of flesh and blood who cannot help surrendering before the promise of love which accosts them in their most vulnerable moments.


Goodbye Tsugumi is a beguiling, resonant novel from one of the world’s finest young writers. Having said that, I’ve read From the time she was born, Tsugumi was ridiculously frail, and she had a whole slew of physical ailments and defects.

Perhaps goodbyf larger issue is that they create an image of an I’m-so-happy-I-can’t-contain-myself life when in reality, the experiences she is describing are bland at best except for one psychotic incident at the end, for which Tsugumi is never held accountable. Perhaps it was the translation, but her personality just seemed bnaana over the top. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

De esos cotidianos que no tienen importancia pero que tienen mucho valor. About friendship, about life and about death as well. Ha ha let’s put some maple syrup in your hair. People in love understand that better than anyone.

Reading Yoshimoto is a good counter to the Philip Roth I’ve been reading lately. Jan 26, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: