The Book(s) of Love No. 5: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

TheLakeBananaYoshimoto“Why were we so far apart, even when we were together? It was a nice loneliness, like the sensation of washing your face in cold water.” 

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I love the cover art on this one.  “Melancholy” is a nice word to start from, when talking about this novel.  Both main characters are operating from a place of grief and loss, but nevertheless try to work out ways to be together.  As you can tell from the quote, it doesn’t always work.  It was also inspired by the  Aum Shinrikyo cult, which initially drew me in, but it’s a subtle story and a quiet one.  More about the after-effects of tragedy than what it was like to actually live through the tragic event itself.

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