The Lake

The Lake

Banana Yoshimoto

Now in paperback: a quietly attractive journey de strength in regards to the redemptive strength of love.

While The Lake shows off a few of the positive factors that experience made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a forged of shiny and quirky characters, uncomplicated but nuanced prose, a good plot with an upbeat pace—it’s additionally some of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.

It tells the story of a tender girl who strikes to Tokyo after the loss of life of her mom, hoping to recover from her grief and begin a profession as a photo artist. She unearths herself spending an excessive amount of time staring out her window, even though ... till she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a tender guy around the road staring out his window, too.

They finally embark on a hesitant romance, till she learns that he has been the sufferer of a few kind of early life trauma. vacationing of his buddies who stay a monastic lifestyles beside a gorgeous lake, she starts off to piece jointly a chain of clues that lead her to suspect his event can have had whatever to do with a extraordinary spiritual cult. . . .

With its echoes of the notorious, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the team that published poison gasoline within the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds because the strongest novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. and because the younger fanatics conquer their stricken prior to find desire within the appealing solitude of the lake within the nation-state, it’s additionally certainly one of her such a lot relocating.

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