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Gside 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. This story you re reading contains my memories of the final visit I made to the seaside town where I passed my childhood of my last summer at home Goodbye Tsugumi is the uintessence of Yoshimoto Written in her uietly poetic prose Goodbye Tsugumi is a novel that is light on the plot Yoshimoto introduces us to her characters without preamble offering little in terms of backstory yet she s uick to establish the dynamic between Maria and her capricious best friend Tsugumi Maria s feelings are rendered in a language that is both simple and lyrical as Yoshimoto often juxtaposes Maria s inner thoughts with ordinary details of her environment Yoshimoto is particularly attuned to nature noting the smell of the sea raindrops the sand She truly conjures up Maria s little fishing town almost giving it an ethereal ualityThe friendship between Maria and Tsugumi is the focus of this short novel In spite of their contrasting personalities the bond between the two runs deep Tsugumi s prickliness stems partly from her frustration towards the mysterious malady she suffers from Maria who s going to a university in Tokyo decides to spend her summer with Tsugumi s in her beloved village Yoshimoto captures with clarity Maria s impressions and feelings vividly rendering this particular phase of her lifeAn atmosphere of nostalgia envelops Maria and Tsugumi s story making certain scenes particularly bittersweetHowever much I liked Yoshimoto s prose I can t say that I particularly cared for Tsugumi Her capricious nature was at times excused by her condition which is fair enough but doesn t really give her the right to be cruel or rude Still this makes for a breezy read and fans of Yoshimoto will most likely enjoy thisRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads Let Sleeping Dogs Lie you re reading contains my memories of the final visit I made to the seaside town where I passed my childhood of my last summer at home Goodbye Tsugumi is the uintessence of Yoshimoto Written in her uietly poetic prose Goodbye Tsugumi is a novel that is light on the plot Yoshimoto introduces us to her characters without preamble offering little in terms of backstory Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose yet she s uick to establish the dynamic between Maria and her capricious best friend Tsugumi Maria s feelings are rendered in a language that is both simple and lyrical as Yoshimoto often juxtaposes Maria s inner thoughts with ordinary details of her environment Yoshimoto is particularly attuned to nature noting the smell of the sea raindrops the sand She truly conjures up Maria s little fishing town almost giving it an ethereal ualityThe friendship between Maria and Tsugumi is the focus of this short novel In spite of their contrasting personalities the bond between the two runs deep Tsugumi s prickliness stems partly from her frustration towards the mysterious malady she suffers from Maria who s going to a university in Tokyo decides to spend her summer with Tsugumi s in her beloved village Yoshimoto captures with clarity Maria s impressions and feelings vividly rendering this particular phase of her lifeAn atmosphere of nostalgia envelops Maria and Tsugumi s story making certain scenes particularly bittersweetHowever much I liked Yoshimoto s prose I can t say that I particularly cared for Tsugumi Her capricious nature was at times excused by her condition which is fair enough but doesn t really give her the right to be cruel or rude Still this makes for a breezy read and fans of Yoshimoto will most likely enjoy thisRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads

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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 alon. 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 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 uiet 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 inconseuential 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 eual 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 liftedFor 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 Dayall I had to do was turn my head and it would be there the same as always 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

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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 writer. I usually like Yoshimoto Banana s stories but Tsugumi and Maria didn t offer any interesting angles or stories for me The former was an egocentric special snowflake brat and the latter s a female Jared KushnerThe evocation of an idyllic seaside town was cool but even that couldn t save the novel from Tsugumi byefelicia byetsugumi


10 thoughts on “TUGUMI つぐみ

  1. says:

    uestion 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 T

  2. says:

    The present encapsulates a series of moments which rarely coalesce to form a coherent motif or a recognizable image we can

  3. says:

    This novel than anything wrenched my heart I could feel its every beat as I glided through Banana Yoshimoto’s simple yet

  4. says:

    From the time she was born Tsugumi was ridiculously frail and she had a whole slew of physical ailments and defects Her doctors announced that she would die young and her family began preparing for the worst Of course everyone around her spoiled her like you wouldn’t believe I loved Kitchen by this author but I actually prefer this book What it is I've really tried to fathom it out basically is that it com

  5. says:

    “This story you’re reading contains my memories of the final visit I made to the seaside town where I passed my childhood—of my last su

  6. says:

    I really wasn't impressed by this book The ideas and themes covered sounded very interesting and while Yoshimoto's descrip

  7. says:

    Maria Shirakawa is spending her last summer before Tokyo university at the seaside spa she has spent the most of her life in with her cousin’s family waiting for her father to finish his divorce from his first wife This time is spent mostl

  8. says:

    Yoshimoto's elegiac writing would probably automatically receive the rating for average regardless of anything else her prose is so beautiful transporting readers with its sheer elegance The tone of this book matches the loc

  9. says:

    I usually like Yoshimoto Banana's stories but Tsugumi and Maria didn't offer any interesting angles or stories for me The former was an egocentric special snowflake brat and the latter's a female Jared KushnerThe

  10. says:

    I can only hope for Yoshimotos's sake that A LOT was lost in the translation of this book I'm just glad it was a short uick read be

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