Hardboiled & Hard Luck (Anglais) Broché – 14 septembre 2006
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“Hardboiled” is the more straightforward of the two, albeit full of omens, dreams and ghosts from the past, sketching a woman’s hike in the mountains and her eventful overnight stay in a small town hotel. Late in the tale she realizes she has forgotten the anniversary of the death of her friend/lover Shizuru. Full of cross references and symbolism and an example of how much closer Japanese feel to living in a fleeting world with multiple gods and ancestral spirits, where time can slow down, stop or surge ahead. Like Murakami’s “After Midnight”, this story covers less than 24 hours.
Whilst Shizuru’s death came suddenly and its long-term impact on her friend is hard to grasp for readers, “Hard Luck” is a study of the predicted and real death and bereavement of female narrator’s sister Kuni, for months on life support after a brain hemorrhage. The reader is taken on an emotional tour of the narrator’s memories of her sister, the response from Kuni’s fiancé and his older brother Sakai, her former work colleagues, her parents… It ends on a slightly higher note than “Hardboiled”. Needs to be read more than once to fully appreciate it.
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So it is with the two stories in this volume. In "Hardboiled" we have a young woman hiking and spending the night in a hotel on the anniversary of a friend/former lover's death. In the hotel she dreams of her friend and encounters the ghost of another woman who has committed suicide in the hotel. In "Hard Luck" we have a young woman whose sister is dying in a hospital because of an embolism and she is about to be taken off life support. In the course of the vigil and through the funeral she encounters the brother of her dead sister's fiancé and feels the first stirrings of love--the realization that life must go on.
Of course, my summaries do not do these stories justice. As always, Ms. Yoshimoto has produced simple, yet beautiful and truthful stories. My complaint is the dearth of text here. Almost all of Ms. Yoshimoto's books are brief but it amazes me the publishers had the nerve to put these two stories between hardcovers and price them what they did. Another couple stories of this caliber would have made it much more worthwhile. It's difficult not to feel you're getting a bit cheated.