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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Yoshimoto favors short novels that gradually reveal thin, almost translucent layers of her characters’ personalities.

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And yet there is something that Maria, and my extension readers, are drawn to about her. It made me quite upset. To ask other readers questions about Goodbye Tsugumiplease sign up. 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.

Maria mentions a lot of these, but they are meaningless without any contextual details to support them.


Aug 12, Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing. Trivia Ggoodbye Goodbye Tsugumi. Writing a story and then saying you can’t explain it doesn’t do anything for me. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Goodbye, Tsugumi

Return to Book Page. One you enjoy staring at and twirling around in your hand, feeling every ridge and surface. Now Maria is moving to Tokyo to go to university, and Tsugumi invites her to spend a last summer by the sea.

And yes, I am indeed looking forward to reading another book by this remarkable Japanese author. A few simple words are enough to guide our imagination and create the scenery. I could have never have done what she did. I was only a child, but I knew the feeling that came when you parted with something, and I felt that pain.

Having said that, I’ve read From the time she was born, Tsugumi was ridiculously frail, and she had a whole slew of physical ailments and defects. Tsugumi, who is chronically ill, possesses a mischievous charm that both maddens and amuses her family. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled and occasionally cruel. Views Read Edit View history.


Standing there in the midst of the crowd that evening, I felt this realization swirl dizzily through my body in a dazzling splendor of light, if only for an instant.

That’s how it is when you meet people you’re going to be with for a long time.

To that, I say Yoshimoto’s characters as well as novels as a whole are often to be absorbed, not exactly read. Following the divorce of Maria’s father, Maria and Masako move to Tokyo to be with him, where Maria attends university. Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana’s sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. Tsugumi really was an unpleasant young woman” — and sickly; indeed, she’s always been very frail.

Perhaps it was the translation, but her personality just seemed too over the top. 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 Tsugumi sliding the paper door open to her room in Yamamoto Inn can ameliorate.

Something inside her kept creating an endless number of these moments — scenes when the whole world would have caught its breath at the sight of her, and stood staring, utterly enchanted. The ideas and themes covered sounded very interesting, and while Yoshimoto’s descriptions of scenery are well-written, the characters seemed to lack depth, and didn’t really encourage a feeling of sympathy.

Even though a lot of reviewers say nothing much happens, I think the philosophy and the ideas behind dealing with growing up, loss, death, change, are far more meaningful and moving than a plot with lots of twists.


Makes me feel wound-y but happy. Yoshimoto has actually achieved something great in her, actually. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There she spends time with Tsugumi, her friend with a particular character. Discover what to read next. There is a serious disconnect between the Tsugumi Maria talks about and the Tsugumi Yoshimoto is showing us.

Perhaps it was the translation, but her pers This was a slow but pleasant read, with a few meaningful moments dotted along the way. In contrast to the heavy ache I would come to know later on in life, this was tiny and fresh — a green bud of pain with a bright halo of light rimming its edges.

Just finished this page book, strangely enough it felt quite long, despite the number of pages being quite short.

Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age. The ending might have killed it, I might have otherwise rated it a 5 out of 5. Sometimes it’s magical, but mostly we’re just going through the motions. Her craft lies in exalting the ordinary and the everyday truths of life’s many baffling dichotomies to transcendental wisdom and in converting ambiguous characters to people of flesh and blood who cannot help surrendering before the promise of love which accosts them in their most vulnerable moments.

Goodbye, Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

Of course I found it a bit unsettling because it is so different from what I am so used to however, it was also refreshing. But love works strange miracles in our life on this planet.

Tsugumi is a brilliant character, though sometimes the word choice the translator Michael Emmerich has picked out seems a bit off, e. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

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