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Summary キッチン Kitchin í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ ➢ [Epub] ➜ キッチン Kitchin By Banana Yoshimoto ➬ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers transsexuality bereavement kitchens love and tragedy in contemporary Japan It is a startlingly original first worEn Kitchen was first published in Japan in it won two of Japan's most prestigious literary prizes climbed its way to the top of the bestseller lists then remained there for over a year and sold millions of copies Banana Yos. People aren't overcome by situations or outside forces; defeat invades from withinI didn't like this book It comprises a novella Kitchen and short story Moonlight Shadow but I'm not sure how much is the book's fault and how much can be attributed to being set in an unfamiliar culture Japanese teenstwenties possibly bad translation and that although the atmosphere is contemporary it was actually written and set nearly 30 years agoI was expecting lyrical language and uirky insights into Japanese attitudes to death and LGBT issues I was sadly disappointed but kept going because it was short and because I gave up part way through my previous book something I rarely doLanguage Teens and TranslationThe weaknesses here made me sad Both stories are narrated by a different young woman The language is often simple but rather than the spare beauty I vaguely associate with Japanese and Chinese writing it's mostly just banal and awkward That may be how angst ridden love up bereaved Japanese YAs really speak or spoke 30 years ago or it may be the translation but the result is the sameAfter a particularly egregious section of stilted psychobabble one character says What kind of talk is that Sounds like it was translated from English I guess the author is aware of how clunky it is OddIt's amazing how good this is I saidIsn't it said HiirajiYes it's delicious So delicious it makes me grateful I'm alive I saidAnother Why do I love everything that has to do with kitchens so much a kitchen represents some distant longing engraved on my soul Does anyone think like that And it doesn't answer the uestion anywayMetaphors must be hard to translate but this one is so mixed up I grudgingly admire it The two of us alone were flowing down that river of light suspended in the cosmic darkness and were approaching a critical junctureMaybe YAs would relate to the characters better than I did I have no idea but I'd be reluctant to recommend it to them because of the next problemTransgender is not TransvestiteThe weaknesses here made me cross Anyone concerned with LGBT issues especially trans ones may feel the urge to throw this book at the wall One has to remember it's a different culture a generation ago but the trouble is it doesn't feel like a historical novelOne young man takes to wearing his dead girlfriend's sailor suit school uniform He finds that comforting and no one would think it odd for a girl to wear a boyfriend's jumper; a female friend is mortified to be seen with him but other girls find it attractive because they assume it means he understands women Not exactly enlightened views but plausible perhaps However they're not challenged which tacitly condones themWorse is the trans character She's much loved and sympathetically portrayed but the terminology is muddled and descriptions would raise eyebrows and hackles nowadays Early on she is described as having had everything 'done' from her face to her whatever but she is often referred to as really being a man or a transvestite Then it turns out that it was only when her wife died that she realised I didn't like being a man It became clear that the best thing to do was to adopt a sort of muddled cheerfulness So I became a woman Really Just like that To be cheerfully muddledFinding Solace after BereavementThe sudden death of loved ones is a unifying aspect of both stories They all find awkward support from each other and one finds solace in kitchens and food another in jogging and the river that had divided them been their meeting place and was ultimately where they were separated for everI felt that I was the only person alive and moving in a world brought to a stop Houses always feel like that after someone has diedIf I had lost a parent partner or child maybe I'd have been engaged with this book but I suspect my experience would be so different as to be barely comparable I'm grateful that I'm not in the position to compareStill this helpfully explains that losing a partner is even worse than losing a dog or a bird So I've learned something DepthThere were glimpses of something deeper When overtly self analytical I don't think they worked but some were genuinely poignant and thought provokingMikage was an orphan raised by her grandmother I was always aware that my family consisted of only one other person The space that cannot be filled no matter how cheerfully a child and an old person live together the deathly silence that panting in the corner of the room pushes its way in like a shudder The punctuation is a little odd thoughReality Magical Realism DreamsBoth stories have a dash of this In the first it's a dream that might be a premonition; in the second there's an ethereal character who maybe shows another character a little gap in timeuote Far off in the pale sky thin clouds gently flowed suspended It was the kind of frozen morning in which mood shadows seem to be pasted on the sky She was someone whose face told you nothing The little girl whose face epitomized 'grandchild' Her power was the brilliance of her charm which condemned her to an ice cold loneliness The sound of raindrops began to fall in the transparent stillness of the evening Traditional housewives had been taught probably by caring parents not to exceed the boundaries of their happiness On the deserted bridge with the city misted over by the blue haze of dawn my eyes absently followed the white embankment that continued on to who knows where I rested enveloped by the sound of the current I want to continue living with the awareness that I will die Without that I am not alive Hmmm

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Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers transsexuality bereavement kitchens love and tragedy in contemporary Japan It is a startlingly original first work by Japan's brightest young literary star and is now a cult filmWh. There's something about Japanese writers They have the unparalleled ability of transforming an extremely ordinary scene from our everyday mundane lives into something magical and other worldly A man walking along a river bank on a misty April morning may appear to our senses as an ethereal being barely human on the path to deliverance and self discovery There's something deeply melancholic yet powerfully meaningful about the beautiful vignettes they beget Few other writers are capable of creating such exuisite surrealistic imagery as the Japanese writers Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto is no exception to this cherished convention Revolving around the theme of dealing with loss Kitchen focuses on two young women as protagonists and their perceptions of life and death It tells us about how recurring personal tragedies shape and reshape our views on life and death the kind of catharsis we wish for and the mechanisms we often end up resorting to in order to keep our personal grief from spilling over into the realm of our everyday realityKitchen is definitely not the most ingeniously narrated tale ever Rather it suffers from the monotony of brief simple sentences that may not sit well with some readers who love elouence But this simplistic mode of narration helps it stay true to its original intention that of recounting the story of ordinary people doing ordinary things yet coming to unexpectedly profound realizations about the great uandary of life

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キッチン KitchinHimoto was hailed as a young writer of great talent and great passion whose work has uickly earned a place among the best of modern literature and has been described as 'the voice of young Japan' by the Independent on Sunda. 2 uirky lazy sloppy stars I wanted to like this book very much In the end I couldn't Poor writing incongruent character psychologies and inane dialogue took any enjoyment away from a rather sweet melancholy love story Another little novella was included in this volume Moonlight Shadow I do not have the patience nor the stamina to read it