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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It’s probably my favourite of all of her works that I’ve read. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But it’s not Tsugumi – indisputably the emotional center of this narrative – who stands out in my eyes. Preview — Goodbye Tsugumi yoshimogo Banana Yoshimoto. I might recommend this book to young teenagers but as adult reading it really didn’t do it for me.

This novel does not have that. Perhaps it was the translation, but her personality just seemed too over the top.

Goodbye Tsugumi

I did not think it would be possible for Yoshimoto to write a better book than Kitchen. It is the bittersweet longing for a lost home that engulfs Maria the narrator every time she steps off a bus amidst the hustle and bustle of upscale Tokyo, an ache which only the gentle sound of Yoshimoti sliding the paper door open to her room in Yamamoto Inn can ameliorate.

Tsubumi expected Tsugumi to die at any moment throughout the book, and she never did die! Tsugumi is a beautiful, frail young woman, ill since childhood, her tainted beauty a flame to the mothlike local youths.

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Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. Writing a story and then saying you can’t explain it doesn’t do anything for me. I’m goodbyw I read this, coincidentally, as summer was ending and turning into autumn, as the whole book seems to be about the finite nature of summer.


Having said that, I’ve read different translations with the two books and the style is definitely different.

The novel ends in an improbable sequence of events one night frail, weak, marginal health Tsugumi digs a hole at the beach deep enough for someone to fall into. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? To ask other readers questions about Goodbye Tsugumiplease sign up. The story itself was enjoyable and interesting enough to keep me turning the pages, but it just seemed to fall a little flat towards the end. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Non potevo credere di dover traslocare in un posto dove non ci fosse il mare. Tsugumi, who is chronically ill, possesses a mischievous charm that both maddens and amuses her family. Ah, I had the impression you were underwhelmed by Yoshimoto Banana, but this seems to have been a pleasant surprise in the re-reading.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It made me quite upset. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Tsugumi really was an unpleasant young woman. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Maria returns to the town for one last summer to remember her childhood and reconcile her strained relationship with Tsugumi while she still can. Goodbye Tsugumi was made into a movie indirected by Jun Ichikawa. I could have never have done what she did. It leaves no room for me as a reader to make connections or wonder about what might happen.

I was thoroughly take This novel, more than anything, wrenched my heart. Sep 16, Charmaine rated it liked it. The fact that Tsugumi was an invalid has, I believe, been responsible for her behaviour. Yoshimoto’s elegiac writing would probably automatically receive the rating for average, regardless of anything else.

Jun 15, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yoshimoto’s novels are always charmingly packaged, and Goodbye Tsugumi is no exception. You spend a little while talking and everyone starts to feel this conviction, you’re all equally sure that you’re at the beginning of something good.


Reminds me of the saying that everyone likes a nice guy, but we just love a scoundrel. I usually like Yoshimoto Banana’s stories, but Tsugumi and Maria didn’t offer any interesting angles or stories for me. One cannot have one without the other. Whenever she appears in public she eschews make-up and dresses simply. So layered, many readers will quite understandable dismiss her as an ungrateful bitch that deserves no sympathy.

Reading Yoshimoto is a good counter to the Philip Roth I’ve been reading lately.

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Tsugumi is a frail young woman, born with many ailments and not expected to live a long or healthy life. There is yoshimmoto selflessness about the main character that struck me as curious.

She was somewhat insular. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Emmerich’s translation overcomes yoehimoto occasional awkward moment to render the frank yet understated language that animates this modest story. Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age.

A Review of Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

See 1 question about Goodbye Tsugumi…. Maria herself learns more about life, her family, the meaning of home, who she is as a young person in the world.

In some ways, Tsugumi is one of the most interesting characters Yoshimoto has created. Overall this is not the worst book I have ever read but I expect so much more from Yoshimoto.