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The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

By Banana Yoshimoto


A significant literary sensation is again with a quietly lovely travel de strength a few younger girl who falls for a cult escapee.

While The Lake shows off a few of the positive aspects that experience made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a solid of bright and quirky characters, uncomplicated but nuanced prose, a good plot with an upbeat pace—it’s additionally essentially the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.

It tells the story of a tender girl who strikes to Tokyo after the demise of her mom, hoping to recover from her grief and begin a profession as a picture artist. She unearths herself spending an excessive amount of time staring out her window, even though ... until eventually she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a tender guy around the highway staring out his window, too.

They ultimately embark on a hesitant romance, till she learns that he has been the sufferer of a few type of youth trauma. vacationing of his buddies who stay a monastic lifestyles beside a gorgeous lake, she starts off to piece jointly a sequence of clues that lead her to suspect his event could have had whatever to do with a weird and wonderful non secular cult. . . .

With its echoes of the notorious, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the team that published poison gasoline within the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds because the strongest novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. and because the younger fans triumph over their bothered previous to find desire within the appealing solitude of the lake within the nation-state, it’s additionally one among her so much relocating.

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A significant literary sensation is again with a quietly gorgeous travel de strength a few younger girl who falls for a cult escapee.

While The Lake indicates off a few of the positive factors that experience made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a solid of vibrant and quirky characters, uncomplicated but nuanced prose, a good plot with an upbeat pace—it’s additionally some of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.

It tells the story of a tender lady who strikes to Tokyo after the demise of her mom, hoping to recover from her grief and begin a profession as a photo artist. She unearths herself spending an excessive amount of time staring out her window, notwithstanding . .. till she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a tender guy around the road staring out his window, too.

They finally embark on a hesitant romance, till she learns that he has been the sufferer of a few type of formative years trauma. traveling of his buddies who reside a monastic lifestyles beside a stunning lake, she starts off to piece jointly a sequence of clues that lead her to suspect his event can have had anything to do with a extraordinary non secular cult. . . .

With its echoes of the notorious, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the team that published poison fuel within the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds because the strongest novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. and because the younger fanatics conquer their stricken previous to find wish within the appealing solitude of the lake within the nation-state, it’s additionally considered one of her such a lot relocating.

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My mother married him after I was born. I was the oldest daughter, and I had to take care of the other children. My mother would lie around all day and wouldn’t do any of these things. She is a weak person. Even she says, “You are stronger than me. ” It’s true. I had to be strong because she was unreliable. Yamada explained her ability to survive and take care of others as a product of her personality, which in turn was developed through her difficult childhood. When I first met Yamada, she often talked about her family as being “entirely without connections” as she explained why it would be difficult for her daughter to succeed in the world.

He had never fully accepted the idea that a man should work for his company but believed in sharing the profits with fellow workers and making family a priority. Although not the official corporate view, his approach Volunteers’ stories 23 lies within the range of choices available in public culture. The mai ho¯mu movement of the 1970s, for example, celebrated the enjoyment of private, family time among salaried workers. After recovering from cancer, he did not accept the Western medical perspective that his cancer was cured but adopted an alternative medicine approach that sought to insure that cancer would not recur.

My mother married him after I was born. I was the oldest daughter, and I had to take care of the other children. My mother would lie around all day and wouldn’t do any of these things. She is a weak person. Even she says, “You are stronger than me. ” It’s true. I had to be strong because she was unreliable. Yamada explained her ability to survive and take care of others as a product of her personality, which in turn was developed through her difficult childhood. When I first met Yamada, she often talked about her family as being “entirely without connections” as she explained why it would be difficult for her daughter to succeed in the world.

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