April 2011

Banana Yoshimoto Examines Death in "Kitchen"

"Kitchen" is much darker than most American contemporary fiction.


Even though Kitchen is a highly acclaimed slim novel and was originally written in Japanese in 1988 and was a big hit when it was published in the United States, it took me a long time to pick up a copy. I’m glad I finally did. Kitchen is darker in nature than most of the American novels that I’ve read, but was one of the best novels I’ve read lately.

 

SPOILERS.