- File Size: 493 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press (September 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KPWGBKV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Digital List Price:||$15.99|
|Print List Price:||$16.00|
Save $6.36 (40%)
Kitchen Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
More items to explore
Ms. Yoshimoto’s writing is lucid, earnest and disarming . . . [It] seizes hold of the reader’s sympathy and refuses to let go.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller. . . . The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple.” Chicago Tribune
Yoshimoto shouldn’t be shy about basking in her celebrity. Her achievements are already legend.”The Boston Globe
A meditation on the transience of beauty and love Melancholy and lovely.” The Washington Post Book World
About the Author
No Bio --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
"Kitchen" follows a young woman after the death of her grandmother as she tries to find happiness and direction again. The writing is simple and at times short, but it seems fitting to someone who is grieving and gave the narrator an even stronger voice. I found the narrators love of kitchens especially charming and real. The thoughts and actions of the characters seemed so relatable and normal, like things I would do and say in the same situation.
I found the second story "Moonlight Shadow" to be even more touching and graceful. I underlined a good portion of the end, saving it up for my own purposes because the writing was that striking. In this story, Yoshimoto writes about a girl who has lost her boyfriend and thinks back on their memories as she tries to keep living.
I'd highly recommend this book. It was an easy read, done in a day, but the content was enough to keep me thinking far longer than that.
Top international reviews
As Mikage gets to know Yuichi better, she realises he is a more interesting and unusual young man than she first thought, but Yuichi's mother (who, before her sex change, was his father) is an even more unusual individual. However both Yuichi and Eriko make Mikage feel welcomed and wanted, and slowly, as she spends more time with the Tanabes, Mikage begins to cope with the loss of her beloved grandmother. But then something happens to Eriko that changes the dynamics of Mikage and Yuichi's relationship - however is this a change for the better or worse for our two protagonists?
First-person narrated by Mikage, this is an unusual and off-beat story, written in a charming, idiosyncratic style which, in places, has passages which seem almost dreamlike. One to read and enjoy in one sitting (this is more novella than novel) and then possibly to put back on the bookshelf to experience again when you feel the need for something a little different.
The book is well written - the stories are good - the characters are beautiful and there is love for food.
But then why didn’t I like it. Because it talks a lot about death which depresses me a bit. When you read a book you also identify with it and it impacts the situation you are in. The emotions of the book enter into your life and these stories didn’t have a happy ending. In fact the stories start with a tragedy to good people and it’s how they recover and find their closure and love. They are actually beautiful but I don’t and didn’t want to read about death. Not like that but like a passing moment and not the center of the story. It wasn’t just my type of story. I don’t like reading sad things, it makes me sad. And I know things are fine in the end but the process was painful.
The whole book can be summarised in these words
One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.