Literary Giveaway: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

The Literary Giveaway, organized by Leeswammes, begins tomorrow, June 25th. Having never participated in this exciting event before, I decided to join in for these few days because I do have an awesome book to give away:
It’s round two for The Lake! Win a brand new, hardcover edition of this newest release by Banana Yoshimoto!
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.

So easy to enter: simply leave a comment and I’ll use to determine a winner on June 30th. (And, if you have a passion for Japanese literature, please consider taking part in the Japanese Literature Challenge 5.)
Good luck to all!

Hop around to these blogs as well, to see what is being offered and increase your chances of winning something literary:

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136 thoughts on “Literary Giveaway: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

  1. Hi Bellezza, here's my commentGift …….. you tell me that Silenceis nearer to peace than poemsbut if for my giftI brought you silence( for I know silence)you would say…….." This is not silencethis is another poem"and you would hand it back to me.Hope to see you Later at The Parrish Lantern, for the Natty Hat check the pages links we have a bar now.


  2. Please count me in! I just finished reading N.P. by Banana Yoshimoto and I want some more :)


  3. I've never read much Japanese lit other than Shogun and the Wind-up Bird Chronicle…though I've read a lot of manga(!) Thanks for the chance to win this one. :)


  4. Oh wow!!! What a great prize 🙂 Please enter me! I really need to start reading for the challenge… hhmmm maybe some more Murakami? I am still to make my way through all of those… or something new?RachelAnd the plot thickens…andtheplotthickens(at)7ymail(dot)com


  5. Thanks for the giveaway and for being prepared to ship it worldwide. Much appreciated.I cannot claim to have read much Japanese literature but the book sounds interesting so please enter me.Carol Tbuddytho {at} gmail DOT com


  6. Oh I sooo want to read this book!! I still remember I got my first Banana Yoshimoto book as a teenager from my uncle – funny how you always remember where you got the best books from 🙂 !danaan at gmx dot at


  7. I'd love to be entered 🙂 I feel completely out of the loop lately, but I do hope to join in on the Japanese lit challenge. I hope you're well, I know I haven't left a comment in so long.irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com


  8. I keep hearing amazing things about Banana Yoshimoto but we never seem to get any come through our shop… :(Could you enter me for your giveaway?Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girlemp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) ukThanks!


  9. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! debnance at gmail dot comMy mother has been sick and I never got around to signing up to participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. But I've started a monthly giveaway on my blog and I've got a June Giveaway going on this month at my blog, and I'd love to invite you to stop by and throw your name in the hat for Anna and the French Kiss! It's a US giveaway only this month, but next month, I'll be offering an international giveaway for a $25 Amazon card!


  10. I'm currently reading a review copy of this and I'm loving it. But I won't have it after I'm done reading it and I would love to own a copy! Thanks for the great giveaway!!Kara Survivorluvr33 at gmail dot com


  11. You Asked about Basho,haven't got any that are soley Matsuo Basho, but found these if you're looking for someBasho: The Complete Haiku Jane Reichhold… On Love and Barley: The Haiku of Basho (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]Lucien Stryk….The Complete Basho Poems Keith Harrison. hope this is of use.


  12. I'm a first-time visitor to our blog but I have very similar taste in authors and books (Murakami, Robbins, Atwood, etc) so am happy I discovered you and would love to win a copy of The Lake !


  13. Ooh, I'd love to win. I haven't really read much Japanese literature but it sounds good and I like the culture. Thanks for the giveaway!jessicamariesutton(At)msn(dot)com


  14. Wow,Thank you for hosting this giveaway, and for participating in this blog hop. I've simply been DYING to read this book, especially since I heard that only a limited amount were released by Banana Yashimoto.I tried winning this book on Goodreads, but no luck…hoping it works this time. I am such a huge fan, and it would be a dream come true to win this! Also, I am seriously considering participating in the Japanese Literature Challenge #5. Thank you for this opportunity.Thanks for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! :)~Hira~ GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com


  15. I don't have a passion for Japanese literature (not yet anyway), but I'm willing to discover more of it as my revelation for last year was Murakami. I would love to be entered for the draw!


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