Book to Basics #11 Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
|Reading Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen is like stargazing. It makes darkness, delightful.|
"Parting and death are both terribly painful. But to keep nursing the memory of a love so great you can't believe you'll ever love again is a useless drain on a woman's energies." (p 145)
Reading Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen reminded me of my "dark days". It reminded me of the many instances when I felt alone and fragile. Although I haven't really experienced losing someone really close to my heart, Kitchen still managed to dig dipper into my interests. It started tragic and continued to be tragic as the pages went by but it didn't rub in as melancholic. In fact, this novel about grieving and coping turned out to be an inspiring masterpiece about love and the continuing wonder of life, despite the deaths that surrounds it.
It was very easy to read. Kitchen, which is accompanied by "Moonlight Shadow" easily made its way towards my top most comforting book finds. I really liked how it played with irony. It used sadness to emphasize joy. It used death to unveil the beauty of life. "Imagination is sometimes worse than reality." (p. 64) It is a comforting pat on the back which revealed an enchanting new understanding of fear and the mysteries behind the courage and hope people can find with another person.
Kitchen (Php 588) is available at Fully Booked. For inquiries, visit their website here.