Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Title: The Lake
Author: Banana Yoshimoto
Source: Received from Netgalley.com
Synopsis from Amazon:
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.
I have to be honest and say that I found this book to be a little weird. The main character is dealing with the death of her mother, so she moves to Tokyo where she meets the man who lives in the apartment across the street from her. I was a little confused when the characters went to the lake to visit friends. This book was mostly character driven, and not a lot of action took place. I prefer my books to have more of a plot, but this book didn't completely disappoint me. It was very beautifully written and I could feel the emotions the characters were going through.
Rating: 3 stars
**I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.