One of my oldest friends, from Jr. High School, used to laugh at me for “always having my nose in a book.” Now, she is almost more of a bibliophile than I.

I came home from driving our neighbor to the eye doctor last week, and I found this new paperback on our kitchen counter from my friend. Knowing that I have an intense passion for Japanese literature, and finding some of it come her way, she purchased this for me at a bookstore in Bloomingdale. Here’s a brief synopsis:

In Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto, the internationally best-selling author of Kitchen, gives us three dazzling stories of young women bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning for a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake. A third finds her sleep haunted by a woman whom she was once pitted against in a love triangle. Sly and mystical as a ghost story, with a touch of Kafkesque surrealism, Asleep is a delight. (back cover)

It will be one of my reads for the Japanese Literature Challenge 4. Thoughts from those who have already read it can be found here: Nymeth, Terri, Melody, and Amanda. Other Monday mailbox finds can be found here.

10 thoughts on “Asleep”

  1. Welcome back; I like this new look. Banana Yoshimoto is a writer I confess I have not given serious thought to. Clearly must change that–"young women bewitched into spiritual sleep" has such a Murakami-esque quality to it…Tee hee: word verification is "ningrl." It knows you are the JLC ninja 😉


  2. I didn't realize that Asleep actually has themes about sleeping! As a Banana Yoshimoto fan, I look forward to your review, and may possibly read this book myself.


  3. Can't wait to see what you think about Asleep! I still need to make a decision about whether or not I can officially commit to JLC4 (yes, I've been struggling with book blogging commitments for awhile now). I will, at the very least, be with you all in spirit!Got your return to blogger noted over on my blog and in my reader. Looking good!


  4. Read 3 of Yoshimoto books, Kitchen, Hard boiled hard luck and Goodbye Tsugumi which the last one is my favourite. Asleep sounds really intriguing. Perhaps will take the J-Lit 4 chance to read some of Yoshimoto's back list.Sorry miss your entries for a few days. Add into my google reader now. Did you actually erase your old posts? :O


  5. JoV, I erased the old ones from Blogger. But what I'd written is all still available on my old WordPress site. I'm not quite sure if it was wise to erase everything, but so many of my posts from when I first began blogging seemed so mundane upon rereading them…of course, now I'm almost beginning again except for the friends I've made. 😉


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