Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Kitchen

Banana Yoshimoto with Megan Backus (Translator)

fiction contemporary literary short stories emotional reflective sad medium-paced

150 pages | first published 1988

Edition information

Description

Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. It is a startlingly original first work by Japan’s brightest young literary star and is now a cult film.
Browse similar books...

Plus

Book information

Content Warnings

Submitted by users as part of their reviews

Expand filter menu View summary

See all...

Community Reviews

Summary of 7245 reviews

Moods

emotional 83%
reflective 77%
sad 68%
hopeful 49%
inspiring 22%
dark 13%
relaxing 10%
mysterious 9%
lighthearted 8%
challenging 7%
funny 5%
tense 3%
adventurous 1%

Pace

medium 53%
fast 25%
slow 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | A mix: 14% | Plot: 3% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 11% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 3% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 54% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 39% | Yes: 33% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 6%

Average rating

3.94

See all reviews...