Yoshimoto favors short novels that gradually reveal thin, almost translucent layers of her characters’ personalities. Her latest, following in the style of earlier. by Banana Yoshimoto Translated from Japanese by Michael Emmerich Goodbye Tsugumi, called a “witty, perceptive novel” by Elle, is an offbeat story of a. Banana Yoshimoto found fame in when her wildly successful debut novel ” Kitchen” was published. Her unique take on contemporary.

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To apologise didn’t exist in her vocabulary and when she finally did apologise, the world exploded with amazement. This novel, more than anything, wrenched my heart.

There she spends time with Tsugumi, her friend with a particular character. She immortalizes image after image of her last moments in txugumi sacred place that the essence of it is reflected by my realization tzugumi I have stopped breathing for a few seconds. I’m in love with the moment when the water switches from being so cold you want to leap up into the tsugumj to something that feels just right against your skin.

And it feels unmistakably alive. I would not have had the strength. I was quite breathless when I saw what Tsugumi was capable of. Marie has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled and occasionally cruel. I did not think it would be possible for Yoshimoto to write a better book than Kitchen.

And if this is an attempt at foreshadowing, it really failed for me. Each day she takes half an hour to write at her computer, and she says, “I tend to feel guilty because I write these stories almost for fun. Un buon libro, ma non memorabile. Is Tsugumi, difficult and ill-tempered though she may be, still a sympathetic character?


Haunting and melancholy, Goodbye Tsugumi is a coming-of-age tale set against the vivid backdrop of the Japanese seaside. I had translation work to do but abandoned that and sat myself down at the table on the terrace with my book, gazed at my beloved Pyrenees, and sipped a glass of iced water.

‘Goodbye Tsugumi’: Banana Yoshimoto’s portrait of a feisty young woman in ’80s Japan

Maria’s fraught relationship with her cousin Tsugumi occupies the majority of the story. And yes, I am indeed looking forward to reading another book by this remarkable Japanese author. You can yosnimoto Wikipedia by expanding it. At the center of the novel is her friendship with one quite unlovable character, Tsugumi.

View all 3 comments. We could feel it so clearly that it made us sad, and yet at the same time we were extremely happy.

Just finished this page book, strangely enough it felt quite long, despite the number of pages being quite short. Her doctors announced that she would die young and her family began preparing for the worst. This article about a s novel is a stub.

I guess you could say nothing much happens for most yosihmoto the book, but that’s an accurate enough portrayal of real life. Quotes from Goodbye Tsugumi.

When they choose they can be very charming, but if you get in the yosuimoto or break one of their inner rules for life you deserve to die, as illustrated by the incident of the dog in the night time. Eventually, Maria’s parents are united and she leaves to attend university in Tokyo, returning for a final summer during which the inn is being demolished, and this provides Yoshimoto with all the plot she needs to explore the difficult but affectionate bond between the cousins.


Friends and family alike are on tiptoe around her lest they provoke a reaction, and yet in a strange way, she has a certain undeniable appeal: Although this is no excuse for how she treats people, it is an toshimoto. She is pure evil. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

In this novel, Maria does not even consider him as boyfriend material and there is never any discussion of her own love affairs. Jun 17, shanghao rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is more American in its style. Yoshimoto is capable of disinterring profound meaning lodged in the depths of the most mundane of occurrences and shucking off the hard shell of superficial reality to reveal its soft, pliant core. It is a sensory experience.

Goodbye Tsugumi – Wikipedia

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Tsugumi is precocious and beautiful. The style is relaxed, the memories, feelings and thoughts are beautifully captured, the imagery is well described, yoshhimoto. This beautiful tale of two cousins is one of the few books that has truly resonated with my personal outlook.