Lizard [Banana Yoshimoto, Ann Sherif] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A collection of short stories by the bestselling author of Kitchen. While some adore Banana Yoshimoto’s female take on Lizard (translated by Ann Sherif) is a collection of six short stories, each of which is. Lizard (とかげ) is a short story collection by Banana Yoshimoto, written in and translated into English in by Ann Sherif. It is a collection of six short.

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Included is a strain of magic that at times is overt, and at times delicately traced along the margins of the tales. Her delight in the everyday and things beyond ,izard easily and ultimately merges the two in a beautiful whole. Banana Yoshimoto has won numerous prizes in her native Japan, and her first book, Kitchenhas sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have been translated and published in more than twenty countries. She lives in Tokyo. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would banaja like to suggest updates through seller support? In Lizardnow available in Grove Press paperback, Yoshimoto deftly fuses traditional and pop culture to create contemporary portraits of love and life. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Buy banans selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 ypshimoto 1. Kitchen A Black cat book. Review Praise for Lizard: Grove Press; Reprint edition September 18, Language: I’d like yoshimotoo read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 25 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Yoshimoto has received numerous literary awards in Japan for being such a great this and that.

I’ve read all her English translated books and they’re not terrible nor great, but interesting enough. She’s not even on the same planet when compared to Haurki Murakami, but few writers are. In my opinion, Japan’s next best thing to Murakami in fiction is Natsuo Kirino. One person found this helpful.



This understated group of short stories captures young angst in modern Japan. The stories dig into characters attempting to overcome painful pasts, and how the past pain impacts current relationships. Infidelity and uncertainty are treated as part of the learning process. Yamamoto puts on an androgynous author’s voice, switching between male and female first person accounts.

The reserved style of leaving much unsaid is similar to that of Haruki Marukami. The book is great for those who appreciate the subtle simpleness.

This was the first of her books that this reviewer read – certainly not the last. It is a keeper to read over and over again. Tankobon Hardcover Verified Purchase. For any advanced learners of Japanese with an interest in Japanese literature, this book is a must have to understand modern literary trends.

Simple to read, Banana narrates as though she is talking to an intimate friend.

Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto

I read this for my book club and it was ok. Not a must read again but I am glad that I did get a chance to read it.

I love this book. It’s as good as ” Kitchen” A bunch of short stories about fate. I have read nearly every single book that Banana Yoshimoto has had translated into English. If you read the afterword first, you might go into this collection with a better understanding of what to expect. For those who are interested, here are a few lines from her afterword: I’d been thinking about the very different ways people can see their time on this earth, either as a sort of paradise, or as a living hell.

To my mind, however, it’s not that people live lives that are inherently good or bad. I believe that we create our own heaven or hell in the very process of becoming and being our ‘selves’. My intention in these stories was to investigate that ongoing process, with the result that many of the pieces deal with religion and spiritual topics. Here is my only beef: I think the price is a bit steep. But I checked a copy out from my local library, so it didn’t cost me a thing!

If you have a nearby library that has this book, it’s worth checking out instead of throwing down a pretty good chunk of money for a slim volume. Seeing that this is pretty short, it’s easy to read over the course of an afternoon or a few pre-bedtime readings.


Oh I love Banana! This was a collection of short stories that, in true Banana style or perhaps Japanese style didn’t follow my Western notions of linear storytelling with a beginning-middle-end, a conflict and resolution or clear plot points. Instead they are more like poetry, or a delicate painting, or the leaves of an elegant flower.

They are delicate and elegant stories that provide a brief but deep look into a moment in someone’s life, a glimpse into their souls. They are beautiful and satisfying. The curiosity left by these stories is not “I wonder what happened next? I think they are also stories of peace. Of finding peace inside oneself against the pressures of worry or despair, and of giving that peace to another person.

These stories quiet something inside me. And that’s why I love reading Banana. For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal. See all 25 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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