by Banana Yoshimoto
It’s a strange occurrence that I came across her work, who is apparently quite famous.
I saw her name at the library, Banana? What?
That night that I looked for my books, I flipped through the Bedford’s dictionary of literary terms to the term Magical Realism (because hey, let’s get to know the real definition of the term that’s going to be applied to our work).
Anyways, she’s a Japanese writer who wrote ‘simply’ and was quite popular at the time.
I was suppose to read Life of Pi this week, but I only got through a little bit of it, this book that I just finished is very short and only took me two hours to read, maybe longer or shorter, I really wasn’t keeping track of time.
I don’t know how I became to like work like this, it’s not my genre to be honest.
But she really does write simply, and in my own vain attempts, i know how hard it is to write fluidly while keeping things simple and understandable, and keeping things colloquial, hey, that’s just talking! Yeah writing talk is hard…
There are a lot of very dark themes and it’s kind of like, huh…. and that kind of thing usually drives me away but everything and everyone was dealt with in such a ‘normal’ manner that it doesn’t seem dark or sad or frightening. The narrator’s surprisingly optimistic, she’s always talking about how she’s having a good day and even when she says she’s sad it’s so fleeting that you know it’s going to go away. I enjoyed the ending, because it was as plausible as it could have possibly been in a story as crazy as this.
If I were to compare her work with Murakami’s, I would say that it’s distinctively more feminine (she’s a woman duh) and simpler…..
if that made sense, i don’t know.
but im glad that i read it because it’s giving me some new insight.
i rewrote chapter 0 (of my novel, ha! I never like calling it like that, let’s call it something else, but what..) four times in the past two days, and I’m even thinking about rewriting the entire thing in first person but no, i’m not confident enough to write in first person yet although i always think it’ll be easier to write in first person, i don’t know why.
anyways, i think this was a good read for me, for many reasons.
pg 60 She smiled peacefully. At last I realized that Sui had been as tense about our meeting as I was. A realization like that makes you feel that it’s okay to talk and spend time with someone, even if the first impression was bad. I decided to give in to her wishes.
pg 168 I’ve wanted to die for a long time. I really, truly wanted to. You probably think it ridiculous that I had difficulty choosing between marriage, romance, and death, because they all seemed about the same to me.
The library held her debut novel, Kitchen, i’m quite excited to read it.
I feel like i’m stealing sometimes, but i can only write after I read =_= ? I don’t know. I want to start taking it easy, I think I have been taking it easy but at the same time the possibility of what this “novel” is suppose to mean to me is starting to weigh heavy on my mind, i am thinking too much and not writing enough, i think about writing all the time yet i don’t do it as much as i could…
i dont know.
I really don’t read enough these days, but every time I read I think about what I’m writing and I am constantly comparing, and thinking about how my own is not sufficient and that i lack style, grammar skills, character, humor, everything.
it’s not good to live in a state in which you are constantly comparing yourself but I really can’t help it.