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The Lake (Anglais) Broché – 24 janvier 2012

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Praise for The Lake

"[The Lake] attests to the power of emotional intimacy to help even the most 'ridiculously fragile people' overcome trauma and grief."
Hirsh Sawhney, The New York Times Book Review

"The simplicity of this elliptical novel’s form and expression belies its emotional depth...There’s almost an artistic sleight of hand in the latest from Yoshimoto, a novel in which nothing much seems to happen yet everything changes."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

"Yoshimoto's marvelously light touch is perfectly captured by Emmerich's pristine translation."
Publishers Weekly 

"Yoshimoto aficionados who have savored any of the dozen-plus novels she’s written over the last three decades since she became a near-instant pop literary phenomenon with Kitchen will recognize her signature crisp, clipped style (thanks to exacting translator Emmerich’s constancy) and revel in her latest cast of quirky characters. Newbies with a penchant for Haruki Murakami’s mind-bending protagonists or Yoko Tawada’s sparse precision will do well to begin their so-called Bananamania with this beguiling title."  
Library Journal

"Reading [The Lake], you realize just how conventional most love stories are."
New York Times

—Miami Herald

"The Lake demonstrates Yoshimoto's deepening talent, and her craft for quietly revealing an enveloping and haunting world."
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Yoshimoto is in peak form in this mesmerizing and suspenseful drama of the perils of brainwashing, from class bias to intrusive advertising to an infamous cult. Social conventions, memories and dreams, and the creative process are all explored with exquisite insight in Yoshimoto’s beautifully mystical and hopeful novel."

"Yoshimoto’s simplicity — both in prose and narrative — speaks to a mastery of form....The Lake will haunt you."
—Thought Catalog 

Praise for Banana Yoshimoto

“A sure and lyrical writer . . . Yoshimoto transforms the trite into the essential.”
—The New Yorker

“Ms. Yoshimoto has an effortless ability to penetrate her characters’ hearts.” 
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller. . . . The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple.”
—Chicago Tribune

“There is no such thing as a stock character in Yoshimoto’s fiction. She writes utterly without pretense.”
—The Washington Post

“The disturbing, ironic, relentless clarity of her voice casts a spell. . . .”
—The Denver Post

“Her achievements are already legend.”
—The Boston Globe

From the Hardcover edition.

Présentation de l'éditeur

Now in paperback: a quietly stunning tour de force about the redemptive power of love.

While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.

It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though ... until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too.

They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. . . .

With its echoes of the infamous, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the group that released poison gas in the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds as the most powerful novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. And as the two young lovers overcome their troubled past to discover hope in the beautiful solitude of the lake in the countryside, it’s also one of her most moving.

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livre faisant réfléchir sur les sentiments.
Auteur déjà remarqué pour sa précision dans une nouvelle publiée en ce moment même au Japon.
Le fait que je ne parle pas couramment anglais n'enlève rien à sa puissance.
Très très forte recommendation
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Bland 22 juillet 2016
Par Kasia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't know , I just wasn't drawn in like I hoped. It was a plain story to me. The characters were developed and others somewhat dynamic, but other than that the story wasn't that fun to read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 rambling symbolism 30 avril 2014
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This book was written much like a stream of consciousness, which was hard for me to read personally. Although once I got somewhat acclimated with the style I had a better appreciation for how the story played out in its detached first person perspective. Maybe I'll read it again in a few years.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 very stiff 11 janvier 2014
Par Eduardo Chavez - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Like the creepy lake, this tale was generally stiff. It had its moments but not enough of them to have me recommend this to others.

Moody but lacking character development.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 do not recommend 16 mars 2014
Par Jeffrey Hart - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Read it from cover to cover. It ended with basically no ending, no dramatic tension, no denouement, except a story about something tragic that happened to the boyfriend of the main character. Sorry I picked this one up.
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Par Kate - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Not as great as previous Banana books, but enjoyed it.
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