Hardboiled & Hard Luck

Hardboiled & Hard Luck In Cherished Novels Such As Kitchen And Goodbye Tsugumi, Banana Yoshimoto S Warm, Witty, And Heartfelt Depictions Of The Lives Of Young Japanese Have Earned Her International Acclaim And Best Seller Status Her Insightful, Spare Vision Returns In Two Novellas Possessed By The Ghosts Of Love Found And LostIn Hardboiled, The Unnamed Narrator Is Hiking In The Mountains On An Anniversary She Has Forgotten About, The Anniversary Of Her Ex Lover S Death As She Nears Her Hotel Stopping On The Way At A Hillside Shrine And A Strange Soba Shop A Sense Of Haunting Falls Over Her Perhaps These Eerie Events Will Help Her Make Peace With Her LossHard Luck Is About Another Young Woman, Whose Sister Is Dying And Lies In A Coma Kuni S Fianc Left Her After The Accident, But His Brother Sakai Continues To Visit, And The Two Of Them Gradually Grow Closer As They Make Peace With The Impending Loss Of Their Loved OneYoshimoto S Voice Is Clear, Assured, And Deeply Moving, Displaying Again Why She Is One Of Japan S, And The World S, Most Beloved Writers Hadoboirudo Hardboiled Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto 2013 1390 128 9786006445007 20 Ha doboirudo Hardboiled Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto 2013 1390 128 9786006445007 20 . My unsubstantiated theory on Banana is that she needs a better translator Not that she s not great she often is but I feel like there s a sort of choppiness in her prose sometimes, and sporadic awkward turns of phrase That s less true in this book than in some of her others, maybe, but it s still there I do think she s basically in the same class as Murakami, using a similar voice to skate through many of the same themes, like the this side the other side dichotomy, with things and My unsubstantiated theory on Banana is that she needs a better translator Not that she s not great she often is but I feel like there s a sort of choppiness in her prose sometimes, and sporadic awkward turns of phrase That s less true in this book than in some of her others, maybe, but it s still there I do think she s basically in the same class as Murakami, using a similar voice to skate through many of the same themes, like the this side the other side dichotomy, with things and people moving silently and softly between the two, and music and its power, and time and its betrayals, and the loss of self through occultish means, and fog and darkness and loss and aching loneliness I feel like Banana should be as ragingly popular as Haruki is, but the fact is that he reads like being submerged in something, mercury maybe, where everything is all liquid and flow and even though she s great, Banana just doesn t quite have the same consistent immersiveness.About Hardboiled and Hard Luck It s two novellas, a little tiny bit of book that you can read in a few hours Hardboiled is stunning, a soft slow story about being in love with a dead girl Hard Luck, however, sort of lost me a little it s about a girl whose sister is slowly dying, and it is so, so sad I had to keep mentally distancing myself to keep from breaking down in devastation Ms Lizzie D souza used to make the most decadent marzipan Easter eggs a palate has ever savored Nestled oh so cozily among the delicate weaves of satin cradles, unwearyingly waiting for enthusiastic strangers through the glass casement, somehow brought ephemeral magic to the quaint bakery down the leafy street ever dazzling with Lizzie s welcoming smile Easter is still a month away, but the commencing of Lent has brought in an inventory of pre orders of the sugary almond confectionery Ms Lizzie D souza used to make the most decadent marzipan Easter eggs a palate has ever savored Nestled oh so cozily among the delicate weaves of satin cradles, unwearyingly waiting for enthusiastic strangers through the glass casement, somehow brought ephemeral magic to the quaint bakery down the leafy street ever dazzling with Lizzie s welcoming smile Easter is still a month away, but the commencing of Lent has brought in an inventory of pre orders of the sugary almond confectioneryWe take Easter egg orders original, caramel and chocolateshone through the marble interiors of a grand patisserie I put in my order for a two dozen of lavender hued and beige marzipan goodies with sugary icing They now come in stylish boxes and not in those satin cradles Ms Lizzie has been dead forthan a decade now and the bakery has been lost somewhere in the gigantic commercialized edifice The misty eyes and half woken smile that followed me home was not in the commemoration of the deceased bakery or Ms Lizzie , it was the wakeful memory of my first ever road tantrum an obstinate demeanor that soulfully made my grandfather splurge our cab fare on Ms Lizzie s marzipan creations I was the happiest 4 yr old carrying my prize all the way home.Closure is the trickiest word in the human psyche Closure the desire or need individuals have for information that will allow them to conclude an issue that had previously been clouded in ambiguity and uncertainty. I am way too old to be in denial of my grandpa s demise, but, undying memories never seem to be fading Although, the conclusion of existing physicality two decades ago seems a distant past to those copious tears that flowed in the initial years, yet dormant emotions triggering with the slightest hint of nostalgia can never bring the said rational closure Maybe, because I never got say a proper goodbye I was in school when he departed this very earth Closure is certainly the most passive sentimentTime expands and contracts When it expands, it s like pitch it folds people in its arms and holds them forever in its embrace It doesn t let us go very easily Sometime you go back again to the place you ve come from and close your eyes and realize that not a second has passed, and time just leaves you there, stranded, in the darkness Chizuru was an enigmatic personality External noises striding through her apartment walls never bothered her, if truth be told they actually comforted her in some weird ways I reckon her alienated life yearned for sounds all round The music prancing around the CD player, couples sharing intimate conversations in the neighboring flat the resonating gradations reassured her anxious disposition Chizuru s untimely death left her lover in a quandary of mystifying culpability Mr John belting outsorry seems to be the hardest wordin the background questions the narrator s supernatural illusions on a mountainous trek and begs the validity of Elton s words Did Chizuru s baffling death left a hollow space in the chronicler s burdensome heart Would she attain the said closure of over her lover s demise if only she could tell Chizuru how her decision to end the relationship was entirely her doing and if she could she would have stayed back Incomplete farewells weigh one s heart downthan the encumbered consequences of a hardboiled life mystical reveries being the definitive pied piper to the veiled fretfulnessDeath isn t sad What hurts is being drowned with emotions Kuni s hard luck distorted her sister s sanity with tearful valedictions each day as Kuni slowly succumbed to obscure comatose depths Coming to terms with the frozen reality of bereavement as the boundless spirit flies from the morbid bodily haven undoubtedly the nastiest occurrence of life and death Emptiness looms its ghastly countenance when we move from old to new relationships the living endures the melancholic adversities of the departedTo focus on the unbearable only marred what was scared If any thing was a miracle, it was the lovely moments we experienced during the small, almost imperceptible period of reliefRest in peace , as we bless the departed soul, the genuine prayer is sermonic for serenity of the living Yoshimoto s undemanding prose may not be alarming and plays around surrealism similar to other Japanese literary compatriots, but, its fateful characters are memorable Indeed, there is no closure to a heartfelt remembrance . This book collects two novellas by the whimsically named Banana Yoshimoto Hardboiled and Hard Luck Both are total garbage.Hardboiled is about a woman who s glum about her recent breakup with her girlfriend The story takes a cheesy campfire ghost story turn towards the end though that s about the only remotely interesting part of both stories Hard Luck is about a woman who s miserable about her sister who s on life support and the doctor s about to pull the plug Waaaah, death is saaaaad The This book collects two novellas by the whimsically named Banana Yoshimoto Hardboiled and Hard Luck Both are total garbage.Hardboiled is about a woman who s glum about her recent breakup with her girlfriend The story takes a cheesy campfire ghost story turn towards the end though that s about the only remotely interesting part of both stories Hard Luck is about a woman who s miserable about her sister who s on life support and the doctor s about to pull the plug Waaaah, death is saaaaad These stories are among the most pretentious, emotionally un affecting, boring and self consciously literary I ve ever read They re as bad as creative writing students efforts Story This writer doesn t know what that is It s a short book but I kept putting it down after managing a handful of pages where not a single sentence conjured up anything in my head.Yoshimoto describes trees and sunlight and whatever with all the energy of a coma patient These were words that went into my head and exited without purchase It s rare to read a book that you forget as you re reading it but Yoshimoto pulled it off here The hardest part of this experience, besides reading this crap, was trying to remember what happened The answer is, basically, nothing Hardboiled Hard Luck isn t even good to wipe your bum with Not that I ve tried of course ahem This edition of Hardboiled Hard Luck, which is actually two novellas some would even call them long short stories rather than a single novel, is adorable It s smaller and thinner than your average trade paperback, with a matte pastel cover Holding it feels like holding a kitten or a newborn, something very special and delicate.That s a good metaphor for the book, as well Everything Banana Yoshimoto writes is delicate She holds human emotion in the palm of her hand and is so very care This edition of Hardboiled Hard Luck, which is actually two novellas some would even call them long short stories rather than a single novel, is adorable It s smaller and thinner than your average trade paperback, with a matte pastel cover Holding it feels like holding a kitten or a newborn, something very special and delicate.That s a good metaphor for the book, as well Everything Banana Yoshimoto writes is delicate She holds human emotion in the palm of her hand and is so very careful with it, so loving The characters in Hardboiled Hard Luck are both unmistakably modern young Japanese women, both dealing with loss, a recurring theme in Banana s work The subject matter could get heavy and depressing, but the stories are so carefully written that, instead, they come out touching and hopeful.I adore Banana Yoshimoto and this book, the first I ve read in years, had made me remember why I think I ll be pulling her novels off my shelf and re reading them soon, just to be back in her world, listening to her voice . Beautifully written, spare and reflective, this book allowed me to slow down and contemplate I loved the importance placed on dreams, elements of the supernatural, and beautiful nature inspired images. I always feel a lack when I read translations The words, so lovingly put in place, feel out of place Sentences strung across the page, at times, fall short They have communicated a message, transferred their intent, but lost some beauty along the way It is as if once the writing is outside it s natural language, it is all business, focused on the task Hardboiled and Hard Luck, two novellas by Japanese writer, Banana Yoshimoto, are two works of fiction that slide into the group of trans I always feel a lack when I read translations The words, so lovingly put in place, feel out of place Sentences strung across the page, at times, fall short They have communicated a message, transferred their intent, but lost some beauty along the way It is as if once the writing is outside it s natural language, it is all business, focused on the task Hardboiled and Hard Luck, two novellas by Japanese writer, Banana Yoshimoto, are two works of fiction that slide into the group of translations which may not do the writer justice.Both of the novellas revolve around loss and death Each one has a young woman as the narrator who is reminiscing and saying goodbye to a loved one who has died In Hardboiled, the narrator remembers a former love, Chizuru, with whom she had a falling out, and whom later died It takes place in the span of one night, in which the narrator is visited by a forlorn ghost in an old, countryside hotel Through this encounter, the narrator learns of the ghost s story from the hotel manager It s a sad tale of love and suicide The ghost of Chizuru also visits the narrator and protects her.In Hard Luck, a family is grieving the passing of their daughter, Kuni Kuni has minimum brain function and is being kept alive through machines Eventually, her brain shuts down and the family makes the decision to disconnect the machines The family, andspecifically the narrator, fears their own connection with Kuni will be severed when she goes off life support They spend hours visiting her in the hospital, because it feels as if part of her is still there Kuni is a young woman who had everything before her, she was cheerful, in love, and to be married soon Unable to work through the grief in a public manner, her fianc e retreats to his parent s home while she s dying This action brings the narrator into contact with the fianc e s brother, Sakai, who visits the hospital in his brother s absence A love, of sorts, begins Sakai is an outsider he teaches Tai Chi, has a long hair, and is quiet in an inward way The combination of death and love is too much though, and the characters resolve to explore the feelings in the future, after the pain of Kuni s death has diminished The narrator will move to Italy for her studies, and Sakai vows to stay true to this feeling.In exploring loss, the novellas also play with time How do we remember people What makes us forget moments Time bends and intertwines with memories as the narrators slip in and out of the present The novellas go well together, because they act as before and after images of grief In Hardboiled, the narrator has moved on and forgotten about Chizuru, even though Chizuru was so important to her Hard Luck though occurs while the pain is at its sharpest The narrator is locked in her grief Toward the end of the novella, after Kuni has died, the narrator is able to glimpse into the future She can see that grief will not always dominate her life There will be a point when her family can share in laughter again There will be a time when she can fall into love She will never be as tough as the narrator in Hardboiled, but she will move on We all will

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  • Paperback
  • 148 pages
  • Hardboiled & Hard Luck
  • Banana Yoshimoto
  • English
  • 26 June 2018
  • 057122783X