Jul 122011

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from Meville House Publishing via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

Chihiro is slowly dealing with her grief following the death of her mother by moving to Tokyo and concentrating on her art. She begins a friendship with the man whose window faces hers. He is also dealing with some heavy emotional pain, and together they slowly start to heal each other.

This is a very good example of a character driven story. The story is all about Chihiro and her pain, Nakajima and his pain, and their growing relationship together. Told from Chihiro’s viewpoint, the reader is exposed to all her thoughts, feelings and self-doubts. She is definitely a hurt woman who is trying to find a way to happiness, without really believing it’s possible.

The whole story seemed to have a dreamy, misty quality. It may have to do with Chihiro’s outlook on life, but I found it very fitting. The story seemed to simply float along. It wasn’t a light or heavy read, but was instead a unique look at a budding relationship between two damaged people.

  2 Responses to “The Lake”

  1. Sounds like a lovely book.

  2. It definitely has a certain quality to it that I found hard to pinpoint, great review.

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