Acquired via BookCrossing 02 May 2008 – Rabck from Safron along with the Learning To Bow bookring

A shimmeringly surfaced novella about death, mourning and friendship. I found the slightly spacey, distanced prose reminiscent of Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami (and this is the reason I’m passing it along to Matthew to read). I loved the detail of the narrator being given a banana themed present, although then I wondered if the word and the author’s name are connected as they are in English. Will have to remember to ask my Japanese colleague.

I really like Yoshimoto’s writing, and once Matthew’s read it, I’ll be offering it on a bookray.