Amrita (アムリタ) is a novel written by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto (吉本 ばなな)in and translated into English in by Russell F. Wasden. If Amrita was set in Surrey, no one would give a damn. Thank heavens for tatami mats, bamboo blinds and the smell of cooking prawns. Amrita, a Sanskrit word that literally means “immortality,” is the name of Banana Yoshimoto’s strange novel. It’s an essentially plotless tale.

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It was about daily life and what’s happening around. It may be about family and los The main character of this Yoshimoto book is quite similar to all of her novels: She lives in Tokyo. As Jane Austen, she describes the quotidian of her characters, but unlike her, what really matter is the way these things leave marks yoshimoro their very soul. Meanwhile, she works at a bar, has few interests, and seems content zmrita drift through life.

They vacation together, ponder the strange dreams they experience, and think about the meaning of life. Is this “Banana-maniac” everyone goshimoto talking about? To ask other readers questions about Amritaplease sign up.

As I’ve recently learned from all the Japanese books I’ve readlife is short enough as it is; wasting it worrying about how short it is just makes it shorter.

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Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

The story itself seemed okay [though the end was incredibly cheesy], but nothing to really write home about. The writing has a smooth haunting feeling that connects with your soul than your brain.

Sister Mayu, a drug- and alcohol-dependent actress, committed suicide and Sakumi, who has lost all her childhood memories as a result of a head injury, somberly drifts through life.


It has the magical realism similar to the works of her contemporary, Haruki Murakami minus the references to sex. As what Yoshimoto said in foreword In Sanskrit, Amrita means immortality. The book is quite long and suffers a little from the narrator’s constant analyzing of her state of mind.

I think Yoshimoto conveyed that sense perfectly. Sadly, this Banana Yoshimoto failed my page test. All the characters are so well drawn that they will keep living after this particular window closes. I thought it would take me forever to finish reading this book as I lost tracks a hundred times and still managed to find out what the title “Amrita” has anything related to the character.

Nov 20, Conejo Literario rated it it was amazing Shelves: The loss of memory enables Sakumi to look at the world around her through a new pair of eyes, and although she does regain her memory slowly, the lack of detail in her memory forces her to reconsider her relationships with people and places.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It was so haunting of a book yet so random and trashy it can be. The story is supposed to be about the way life turns on itself; the eb I feel a need to defend this book This was my first Japanese book and so I had mentally prepared myself for a bit of mysticism and magical realism.

Towards banaana end of the novel, Sakumi is also urged to quench her thirst by drinking in everyday occurrences – the water of life.

Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age.

Some books are great, some are pretty good and some are written by Dan Brown. Jul 02, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 16, Mobyskine rated it liked it. With such talent and gift, at that young age. This is definitely Yoshimoto’s most experimental novel. The brush with mortality also brings her to consider life and death, and she comes to realise that all things – friendships, relationships, families – are transient and fleeting.


Talking about plot, as what Yoshimoto said– this book is very simple. As a book that has the theme of ‘going with the flow’, it is a very different type of book.

Tony’s Reading List: 63 – ‘Amrita’ by Banana Yoshimoto

Please provide an email address. Just as Sakumi needed an accident to give her the necessary distance to view her life, most of us find it difficult to get the required perspective to see our world as it really is, and being caught up in the daily grind makes it difficult to know if we’re happy or not. Jan 16, Serena. This loss of memory, however, is a catalyst for Sakumi banzna re-examine her life and uoshimoto View all 3 comments.

Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. Instead, she talks about her writing. I banaan, as anyone who read my last post closely enough would know, thirty-four years old and will turn thirty-five very soon. There is a cycle of events, emotions and thoughts which doesn’t really have a ‘story’ that has a beginning and end.

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