Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Kitchen

Banana Yoshimoto with Megan Backus (Translator)

fiction contemporary short stories hopeful sad medium-paced

160 pages | first published 1988

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"Ms. Yoshimoto's writing is lucid, earnest and disarming. ... It] seizes hold of the reader's sympathy and refuses to let go." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times With the publication of Kitchen, the dazzling English-language debut that is st...
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Moods

emotional 81%
reflective 72%
sad 70%
hopeful 52%
inspiring 22%
mysterious 11%
relaxing 11%
dark 10%
challenging 7%
lighthearted 7%
funny 6%
tense 3%
adventurous 1%

Pace

medium 51%
slow 26%
fast 22%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 79% | A mix: 15% | Plot: 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 59% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 12% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 55% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 39% | Yes: 35% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 5%

Average rating

3.91