Kitchen (Bookray)

by Banana Yoshimoto | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0671880187 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 9/20/2005
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, September 20, 2005
I bought this trade paperback at the Friends of the Library used book store in Wheaton, Maryland.

I've already enjoyed one of Banana Yoshimoto's books (Asleep). I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, September 09, 2006
Begin International Bookray (09/09/06):
SqueakChu (Maryland, USA) done
tenneh (Nebraska, USA) done
Caridad (Florida, USA) done
RaineeRose (New York, USA) done
Ramya (New Jersey, USA) done - 1 year of travel
LOTUSNEKO (Illinois, USA) done - 2 years of travel
arturogrande (UK) done
tagesmann (UK) done
End International Bookray (01/18/10):

This book ray was ended because it never arrived in its intended destination (Iran, confirmed by Hengameh). Thank you, everyone for participating. This book traveled for over three years, had 8 stops in 2 countries, including 6 states within the USA.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, October 27, 2006
I think this book is sweet. It deals with relationships...ones lost, others gained. I like these two stories as well as other books by this author, but don't see why she's such an overwhelmingly popular author. To me, there are many other Japanese writers whose writing is so much more interesting. Perhaps, it's her preoccupation with death or maybe the simplicity of the writing to which people are attracted.

I was touched by the ending of the story Moonlight Shadow in which
SPOILER ALERT...text in white--> Satsuki gets to see and hear her final goodbye from Hitoshi. It's so sad.

The book is now in the mail to tenneh in Nebraska. I'm sure you'll like these stories. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by tenneh from Verdon, Nebraska USA on Monday, October 30, 2006
Arrived today - will get to it asap!

While I enjoyed this book, I probably won't search out this author. I think it was a good book but not outstanding. I do appreciate the opportunity to read it though.

RELEASE NOTES:

going to Caridad

Journal Entry 6 by Caridad from Miami, Florida USA on Monday, December 11, 2006
Received today. I have another ring TBR and will get to this. I enjoyed reading Banana Yoshimoto's "Goodbye, Tsugmi". I am looking forward to reading this one. Thanks, Squecky Chu!

Journal Entry 7 by Caridad from Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I really enjoyed both stories. Must read more of her books.

Put in the mailbox to RaineeRose.

Journal Entry 8 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Friday, December 22, 2006
Arrived today. I'm excited to read this one! I have a book before it, but I will read it ASAP. Thanks!

Journal Entry 9 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Saturday, December 23, 2006
I really enjoyed this book and the honesty with which Yoshimoto portrays her characters. This is my first of her books, and I look forward to read more. Thanks, SqueakyChu, for starting this ray.

I have PMed the next person for an address and will send the book on once I have received it.

Journal Entry 10 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Saturday, December 23, 2006
I really enjoyed this book and the honesty with which Yoshimoto portrays her characters. This is my first of her books, and I look forward to read more. Thanks, SqueakyChu, for starting this ray.

I have PMed the next person for an address and will send the book on once I have received it.

RELEASE NOTES:

Sending on to Ramya. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 12 by Ramya from Plainsboro, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
This arrived in yesterday's mail.

Thanks, RaineeRose, for sending and SqueakyChu, for lending!

Journal Entry 13 by Ramya from Plainsboro, New Jersey USA on Thursday, August 16, 2007
I''ve just sent realized that I never received a reply to the message I sent to letra in June. I''ve sent her another, but if I don''t hear back from her soon, I''ll move on to sudokugirl.

Journal Entry 14 by Ramya from Plainsboro, New Jersey USA on Thursday, December 27, 2007
Mailed off to LOTUSNEKO today.

Thanks, SqueakyChu, for sharing this book!

Journal Entry 15 by LOTUSNEKO from Washington, Illinois USA on Monday, December 31, 2007
Received the book today. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks, Ramya, for sending it my way.

Journal Entry 16 by LOTUSNEKO from Washington, Illinois USA on Saturday, May 03, 2008
Status update: I still have the book. I have been thinking about starting it, but honestly have not, not because I don't want to, just time is flying from my hands w/ a 17 mo. old boy. I will start this book TONIGHT. Give me two months, three at the most, and I will send it out. Maybe it will be less than two months, that is just how long it usually takes me to read a book. But I may blow through this one.

Journal Entry 17 by LOTUSNEKO from Washington, Illinois USA on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
'Kitchen' is Banana Yoshimoto's debut novel. I only learned that reading the author's thank you's after the book (I don't know if it is a Japanese thing, but the author thank you's and dedication is in the back of the book rather than the beginning). Having read 'Asleep,' I was surprised this was her first novel. The level of quality is the same high level, the prose painfully vivid, seeping right to your spirit like sleeping medicine.

Kitchen is livelier than 'Asleep,' with more interesting characters. The quirkiness of each character makes you smile and want to meet them for noodles - then with dismay, you remember that they are not real. That is how good Yoshimoto is, how impressive her skill.

Journal Entry 18 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Friday, November 07, 2008
No response from letra - trying to get mailing address from next person on list.

Journal Entry 19 by LOTUSNEKO from Washington, Illinois USA on Friday, November 14, 2008
Sudokugirl pm'ed me and kindly told me she already read "Kitchen." I did hear back from the next person on the list, and book is on its way to jolly old England to BC user arturogrande. I do hope it arrives safely, and can continue its journey. And I truly apologize to all in this bookray for taking so long.

Journal Entry 20 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 22, 2008
Arrived safe and sound - thanks very much. I've got a couple of ring books ahead of this one, but I'll try to get to it quickly.

Journal Entry 21 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 11, 2009
I absolutely loved the two stories which make up this book, so much so that I wish there had been more. The characters are so well drawn and so real, particularly Satsuki in Moonlight Shadow. Her feelings of grief were so well portrayed that I had to keep reminding myself she was not a real person.
The stories are simple but very moving and I am very pleased to have had the chance to read them, so thank you very much for sharing.

The book is now on its way to tagesmann.

Journal Entry 22 by tagesmann on Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Arrived today. I'm looking forward to this. It seems to have taken ages to get around to me.

Journal Entry 23 by tagesmann on Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I am afraid I gave up on this.
The book is very well written and the translation is good. It conveys the style and intonation of Japanese conversation very well. It is a shame that I could not get involved with the characters or the story. There was a lot of promise early on but it fizzled…

I'm not sure whether I have missed out on a great book or if this is another book that has been over-hyped and is good just not brilliant.

Sent to Hengemah yesterday.

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