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Giorgio Amitrano Translator. Michael Emmerich Translator. 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 friendship between two female cousins that ranks among her best work. Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman.
She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled Banana Yoshimoto's novels of young life in Japan have made her an international sensation. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled, and occasionally cruel. Now Maria's father is finally able to bring Maria and her mother to Tokyo, ushering Maria into a world of university, impending adulthood, and a "normal" family.
When Tsugumi invites Maria to spend a last summer by the sea, a restful idyll becomes a time of dramatic growth as Tsugumi finds love and Maria learns the true meaning of home and family. She also has to confront both Tsugumi's inner strength and the real possibility of losing her. Goodbye Tsugumi is a beguiling, resonant novel from one of the world's finest young writers.
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To ask other readers questions about Goodbye Tsugumi , please sign up. Is Tsugumi, difficult and ill-tempered though she may be, still a sympathetic character? Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all Not to me. To me she is dangerously unstable, as demonstrated by her violent and destructive fits of rage, particularly the one at the end. Having you …more Not to me. Having your own rules to judge people by, and if they fail they deserve to die, is called being a sociopath. See 2 questions about Goodbye Tsugumi….
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Question: if a story is about three young women of college age, is it always a YA novel? This Japanese author is considered a YA author. This is a bit of a strange story. The main character is an only child but she also grew up with her aunt and uncle and two female cousins who are sisters, one a year older, one a year younger. The two families run a small seaside resort and function as a single family.
While we follow the main character as she tells the story, Tsugumi of the title is in a sense Question: if a story is about three young women of college age, is it always a YA novel? While we follow the main character as she tells the story, Tsugumi of the title is in a sense the real main character. Tsugumi has some kind of disabling disease, and it was thought she might die while young. The young woman who might die is beautiful and very intelligent but, because of her illness, she is spoiled rotten and one of the nastiest people you will want to meet.
She enjoys being mean to people. Everyone in the family, adults and children, let her do and say whatever she wants. The family seems not only to indulge her, but to admire her for this behavior.
And when her boyfriend gets involved with some thugs she takes revenge on them in away that is bizarre, almost Stephen King-ish. They all love their lives and the companionship at the hotel. Now the main character is going off to college in Tokyo and the aunt and uncle are selling the resort.
A good story; fast-paced, less than pages. Photo of a Japanese resort from pinterest The author from bongbongbooks. View all 8 comments. The present encapsulates a series of moments which rarely coalesce to form a coherent motif or a recognizable image we can easily identify with only grief or euphoria or even dejection.
Melancholia and felicity, hope and disappointment are often indissolubly mixed in this concoction. One cannot have one without the other.
But on rare occasions clarity dawns on a fortunate few or those who are sentimental enough to look back at a time which has already merged with the void leaving only a pale sha The present encapsulates a series of moments which rarely coalesce to form a coherent motif or a recognizable image we can easily identify with only grief or euphoria or even dejection.
But on rare occasions clarity dawns on a fortunate few or those who are sentimental enough to look back at a time which has already merged with the void leaving only a pale shadow of its existence hovering uncertainly in its place. And one can, perhaps to one's utter astonishment, make out the remnants of a past in which one was really, truly content even though the edges of this transitory happiness were rimmed by an aching awareness of its imperfections. The sense that the three of us were becoming friends seemed to saturate the air between us like a kind of instinct, a pleasurable premonition.
Even though I find myself grappling with a deep reluctance to disassemble Banana Yoshimoto's works to the sum of their parts knowing all too well that even the effort seems like an insult to her talent, I gain a kind of quiet confidence from the understated brilliance of her words to string together words of my own and attempt to trace the contours of that elusive, ephemeral happiness that she limns with consummate artistry.
The small, tender moments that can presumptuously be considered inconsequential when a life is subjected to a careful scrutiny at its inevitable end but aren't.
Moments which blend resentment and gratitude, restlessness and satisfaction, love and anger in equal measure. Moments which are akin to the blurred landscape on the other side of the frosted glass window on a misty, rain-drenched morning.
One can only be dazzled by their burnish once the obfuscating, gauzy veil of time has been lifted. For the sake of token criticism, one can call Tsugumi, the perennially ailing, delicate waif of a girl with the vicious spirit of a demon, a meaner version of the manic pixie dream girl prototype.
But it's not Tsugumi - indisputably the emotional center of this narrative - who stands out in my eyes. It is rather the memory of a listless summer spent in a seaside town of one's childhood in which Tsugumi's casual cruelty, her laughter, her tears and fury burn in the palette of the narrator's consciousness with the inexorable intensity of the sun, eclipsing all the memories of other sharper happinesses.
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. And it is rather the story of the girl on the cusp of graduating to a newer phase of life, falteringly embracing the idea of a new home, and confronting the growing dread of losing something she had not even recognized she held dear to herself that I wish to cherish for a long time.
Because the ocean had always been there, in the good times as well as the bad times of my life, when it was sweltering out and the beach was filled with people, and in the dead of winter when the sky was heavy with stars, and when we were heading to the local shrine on New Year's Day Fragile bonds which only accumulate substance and strength to grow into pulsating hearts that throb to the uneven rhythms of existence.
Vague silhouettes flickering somewhere in the horizon coming into sharper focus with the shifting of light and the shortening of distance, and metamorphosing into the very people we are accustomed to admire and despise by turns.
Yoshimoto is capable of disinterring profound meaning lodged in the depths of the most mundane of occurrences and shucking off the hard shell of superficial reality to reveal its soft, pliant core. A surge of emotion cuts into my chest, overwhelmingly fierce. As if these people I love and this town are going to vanish from the very face of the earth, a feeling so overwhelmingly bright I can't stand to look at it straight.
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. In the end, she knows it is not about bidding farewell to a time in memory or a place or a way of life but having the courage to accept the truth of its centrality in one's life, knowing full well that forever is a beautiful lie and goodbye waits just around the corner.
View all 27 comments. Aug 12, Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing. This novel, more than anything, wrenched my heart. The breeze of a warm summer sea penetrated through the pages and I felt its warmth saunter over me like a comforting blanket.
This beautiful tale of two cousins is one of the few books that has truly resonated with my personal outlook. I was thoroughly take This novel, more than anything, wrenched my heart. I was thoroughly taken by Maria trying to come to terms with the changes in her life, and Tsugumi ceaselessly going forward without a care in the world.
It was a rare indulgence both to the senses and the mind. Maria recently moved out of her hometown, her birthplace to be with her Father and to attend the University.
In Tsugumi the author has created one of her most palpable and intriguing characters. Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin Tsugumi, a lifelong invalid, charismatic, spoiled, and occasionally cruel. When Tsugumi invites Maria to spend a last summer by the sea, a restful idyll becomes a time of dramatic growth as Tsugumi finds love and Maria learns the true meaning of home and family.
However, I am still planning to read and review some J-Lit, with posts on Japanese books scheduled for each TranslationThurs in January and possibly February too…. The story is narrated by Maria, a young woman whose early life was full of uncertainty due to her unusual home circumstances. The divorce finally comes through, and Maria and her parents begin a life as a real family in Tokyo, but part of her remains back on the coast. Even though her new life is happy, she misses the time spent with her cousins Yoko and Tsugumi in her hometown.
‘Goodbye Tsugumi’ by Banana Yoshimoto (Review)
Goodbye Tsugumi was made into a movie in , directed by Jun Ichikawa. Tsugumi is a sickly but feisty and somewhat unpleasant young girl living in a small Japanese seaside town at the family inn with her parents, sister Yoko, aunt Masako, and cousin Maria the protagonist. Following the divorce of Maria's father, Maria and Masako move to Tokyo to be with him, where Maria attends university. Shortly after the move, Maria receives a call from Tsugumi to say that the family are selling the inn.
'Goodbye Tsugumi': Banana Yoshimoto's portrait of a feisty young woman in '80s Japan
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