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Hardboiled

& Hard Luck
Yoshimoto, Banana (Book - 2005 )
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Banana Youshimoto's depiction of the lives of Japanese youth has changed her country's literature and earned international acclaim. In "Hardboiled & Hard Luck, she delivers two tales of resonant grace, of young women coming to terms with change and heartbreak. In "Hardboiled." the narrator is hiking in the mountains on an anniversary she has forgotten about, the anniversary of the ex-lover's death. As she nears her hotel, a sense of haunting falls over her. That night she dreams of her ex-lover, and is visited by a woman who may not exist--perhaps these eerie events will help her make peace with her loss. "Hard Luck" is about a young woman whose sister is dying and lies in a coma. Her fiance left her after the accident, but his brother continues to visit, and as the two of them make peace with the impending loss of their loved one, they seem to find new hope for the future in their own new bond. "Hardboiled & Hard Luck is small jewel of a book, a work of resilient sweetness that will move readers deeply. "Book Page has compared Yoshimoto to "Haruki Murakami [and]. . . Anne Tyler [for her] spare and ethereal manner of wiriting and eye for the way to which terrible experiences shape one's life, "but Yoshimoto's voice, and deserved international stature, are most certainly her own.
Authors: Yoshimoto, Banana, 1964-
Uniform Title: Hādoboirudo. English
Title: Hardboiled
& Hard luck
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 149 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Banana Yoshimoto ; translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich
Additional Contributors: Yoshimoto, Banana - Hādo rakku - 1964-
Emmerich, Michael
Alternate Title: Hard luck
ISBN: 0802117996
Branch Call Number: FICTION YOSHIMOTO
LCCN: 2005040210
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Sometimes compared to Haruki Murakami, I think Yoshimoto holds her own as a strong, but sweet and thoughtful writer. Popular with young Japanese readers, Yoshimoto’s stories often focus on the difficulties in growing up in modern Japan. Hardboiled & Hard Luck are two short novels, both about ... Read More »


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