By Banana Yoshimoto

Now in paperback: a quietly lovely travel de strength in regards to the redemptive strength of love.

While The Lake shows off a few of the gains that experience made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a solid of bright and quirky characters, easy but nuanced prose, a good plot with an upbeat pace—it’s additionally probably the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.

It tells the story of a tender lady who strikes to Tokyo after the dying of her mom, hoping to recover from her grief and begin a profession as a image artist. She reveals herself spending an excessive amount of time staring out her window, notwithstanding ... till she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a tender guy around the road staring out his window, too.

They ultimately embark on a hesitant romance, till she learns that he has been the sufferer of a few kind of adolescence trauma. traveling of his acquaintances who reside a monastic lifestyles beside a stunning lake, she starts off to piece jointly a chain of clues that lead her to suspect his event could have had whatever to do with a weird and wonderful non secular cult. . . .

With its echoes of the notorious, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the crew that published poison fuel within the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds because the strongest novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. and because the younger fanatics conquer their afflicted prior to find wish within the appealing solitude of the lake within the nation-state, it’s additionally one among her such a lot relocating.

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It’s not a problem. Right now, I’m not in the mood, either. ” Nakajima began sobbing quietly. All of a sudden I felt like I was with a little boy, and my heart ached. Because he cried like a child. It was as if his tears had nowhere to go, they were meant for god alone. I wanted to hug him to me, but I thought that might frighten him, too. So I tried something else. ” I took his hand in mine. He had been hiding his eyes with the other hand since he started crying. And now he was crying even harder.

They presented it as the story of a community trying to save a local building and a painter they had hired to help. I agreed to do an interview. I wasn’t particularly involved with the political stuff, though. I just wanted to have fun with the kids who had to pass by to get in and out of the building, and to look into their eyes, and put the things I saw in them up on that wall. I figured this job would keep me busy all spring; beyond that, I couldn’t say. There’s no point thinking about the future.

I noticed that I never felt like opening the curtains when he was over, and that clued me in. I didn’t want Nakajima to see him relaxing in my apartment. When it’s like that, no matter who it is, it’s clearly not going to work. On the other hand, here I was with Nakajima—a guy I really did like—hanging around all the time, and still I couldn’t do it because I didn’t feel happy enough. Even I found it puzzling. Here I had this young guy I liked in front of me, and I wasn’t holding back, I just didn’t feel turned on.

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