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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Even so, the book did not prepare me for how the characters react. These outlandish amritaa are interjected between scene after scene of repetitive daily routines — the ballast of normalcy weighing down the flights of fancy. There was a problem adding your email address. I could have written down many, many special quotes from this lovely story. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

It may be about family and loss but it’s also about youth, traveling, love, and magic. I don’t think I’d really recommend anyone read this unless they actually like her other stuff.

View all 18 comments. We all love Japan. Yoshimoyo earnest, peripatetic confusion of Sakumi’s yoshumoto whisks the reader from one peak moment to another. Also, reading a novel is just a part of life.


Brother Yoshio is also having troubles of his own. I even had a nightmare of losing my beloved. Ma niente di che, seriamente. In Amrita, Yoshimoto proves, once again, her prowess as an imaginative yet grounded storyteller as she takes Sakumi–and readers–on a compelling expedition through grief, yosihmoto, and shadows, to a place of transformation and discovery.

In Sanskrit, Amrita means immortality. Lists with This Book.


Despite the heavy scene that sets up, this novel is breezy and fantastical. Published by Faber and Faber first published The characters are strong and beautifully weird and seem to appreciate the life with semi-colons.

The exotic lurks around every corner. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Love the ending as well and all the heartfelt letters. However on the very last page of my edition was an Afterword by the author and she sounded apologetic: Yoshio eventually finds acceptance at a school for autistic and special children. Posted by Tony Malone at I was mesmerized when he told Sakumi that he met Mayu like what else can you do, kiddo? She has a brother who may or may not be insane. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

They lose their jobs and marry unsuccessfully; the people they love die before their time. For Sakumi, the meaning of yshimoto exists in experience, not explanation.

Fujiwara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of bananq, the reason why my opinion of the book this time is so different to when I read it a couple of years ago has a lot bnaana to do with me than with the book. Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and West through literature. Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto is one of those books that is a terror to summarize.

Her firm grasp of her characters, her surefooted prose and her wide-eyed exploration of everything from American pop culture to the Japanese language make this one of the most satisfying books of the summer.

I read her other 2 books years ago and I’m so glad I found this gem. As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Yoehimoto Nathan explained in a recent Nov 20, Conejo Literario rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ho scelto questo libro a caso, attratto dal titolo piuttosto evocativo.


Everything somehow fits together like a Monet: For me, it was just right. If you are able to step outside the moment vanana look back on these times without wishing for their return, you will be a lot better for it.

Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto

The characters all seem to stay out late and drink and Sakumi regularly sleeps until afternoon. Of course, it’s virtually impossible to always live for the moment life has a nasty habit of getting in the waybut if you do look back, do so with joy, not regret. banaba

Mar 30, Roo7 rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not life itself. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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It might be unfair to rate this novel so low when I skipped most of it, and will probably toss it away before I could finish it. The ‘thirst’ bqnana water is mirrored in the events of the novel as Sakumi finds enjoyment in swimming and then finds peace in journeys to the Japanese coast and Saipan, an island in the Pacific Ocean which appears to be a mythical place where the line between our ‘real’ life and the spirit world is blurred.

The main character of this Yoshimoto book is quite similar to all of her novels: