Amrita, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A celebrated actress who has died in mysterious and shocking circumstances leaves behind an unconventional extended family that includes an older sister, a woman in her twenties through whose eyes the story unfolds; a young brother who possesses mystical powers; and a fiance who is writing a novel with uncanny parallels to his own story.'Her novels can have the effect of addictive drugs . . . Pathos, nostalgia, the sense of exquisite sadness at the fleetingness of life are key elements of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, and all are themes central to Yoshimoto's books.' The Times




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I haven't read a lot of Yoshimoto's work - just Kitchen before this - but I found myself enthralled with this book. At first I found it odd. There was little sense of direction and I couldn't seem to fall in step with the book. After I managed to accept this lack of focus as okay, I began to really love this book. Maybe it's because I'm going through my own mini-existential crisis right now, maybe it's something else. Who knows? Regardless, this is one I'll return to.

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