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Keeping this to read before releasing.
This book is going on its travels! Please go by the basic rules or let me know if you have a delay or difficulty...
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Arturogrande UK (Anywhere)
Mallary France (Europe)
rumble-bee Germany (anywhere)
kihli Greece (Greece)
okyrhoe Greece (anywhere)
scotsbookie UK (anywhere) <----- it's here!
RAY now complete - book is free to go anywhere it wants!
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Posting to arturogrande on Saturday.
Thanks very much.
There was a lot of sadness running through the three stories, but the language was so beautiful that I didn't find them too depressing.
I'll certainly be on the lookout for more from this author.
Thanks very much for sharing this wonderful book.
It's now on its way to mallary.
I'm looking forward to starting this straight after a Transita bookring book I am halfway through. Won't be long!
I am still trying to reach rumble-bee so I can send it on. Will try again today.
I directly took it with me to a park, sat down on a bench and "devoured" one story.
I do already know one book by this author, "Kitchen". So I knew I was in for a treat!
Yes, it really is deceptively simple writing. Dreamlike, sad, and yet fulfilling.
I'll tell you more when I have finished.
Well, the thing with Banana Yoshimoto is, you always know exactly what you'll be getting in her books. She has found her unique voice and style, which isn't easy to forget.
I really liked this collection, and was totally absorbed in it.
However, I related differently to each of the three stories - I did not like them all equally much. In my opinion, the first story was best - "Night and Night's Travelers". It gives a wonderfully deep and sensitive account of what it means to grow up, and to come to terms with losses. Sad and beautiful.
The second story reminded me of an ancient German fairy tale - really spooky, and not as gripping as the first.
The third story, then, was somewhere in between the other two. Plus, I had the really strong suspicion that it bears VERY close resemblances to stories and plots by Haruki Murakami. It might equally have been written by him. I just wonder whether the two authors haven't been "inspired" by each other, to put it mildly.
Because of these doubts, I'm "only" giving out 9 points for this book.
Nevertheless, I am reluctant to let it go. These stories have to be read several times. I might even buy the book.
I am going to ask for the next address right away.
Thanks for sharing!
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going to okyrhoe :)
Thanks LyzzyBee for including me in the bookray, and kihli for posting it to me! Ευχαριστώ.
The other two stories are simpler in structure; the experience of loss and resolution involves one character at a time. "Love Songs" could be improved if we knew more about the 'other' woman, Haru. The last story, "Asleep", although it also has a simple & straightforward plot, I found somewhat disquieting, more 'ghostly' than the previous two tales. Who has not felt drawn to the 'darkness' of sleep, the need to be unconscious or to dream, when the reality of life is not to our liking? But I didn't quite understand this story's ending ---> the evening outing to observe the fireworks and how/why this resolves the issues behind Terako's persistent sleep state.
On its way to scotsbookie.
I'll be looking out for other books by the author.
Thank you LyzzyBee, I'll probably send this to someone else I know enjoys stories told about Japan & Japanese writers.
I enjoyed Kitchen a lot and I will certainly read this, too.
*waves at the previous readers*