“Clearly there is a spot somewhere inside our heads that records the feelings we had when we read the book, and it stays with us forever.” – Sakumi
Unlike Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto rarely drops names of books or authors in her works. Most of the time, she explores the thought process, feelings and memories of characters. However, a number of books are mentioned in Amrita, which is the author’s longest work to date (366 pages).
One of the book moments in Amrita is the protagonist’s boyfriend saying that he tends to bring the same book whenever he travels and pulling out a battered copy of Truman Capote’s Music for Chameleons. Somehow I can relate to that as I always bring a book when I travel as reading is the perfect way to kill time in airports and planes. I do not really have a go-to book, but I always reach for a light read.
Here are the book titles mentioned in Amrita.
- Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- A Beautiful Star – Yukio Mishima (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- 100 Real-Life Mysteries
- A Gift From The Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- The Dead Zone – Stephen King (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- Early Autumn – Robert Parker (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- The Shining – Stephen King (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- Music for Chameleons – Truman Capote (Amazon, Bookdepository)
- A Secret Room of Philosophers – Kiyoshi Kasai
- Bye, Bye Angel – Kiyoshi Kasai (Amazon)
- Woman Of The Race – Kiyoshi Kasai
- Apocalypse Murder – Kiyoshi Kasai
- Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (Amazon, Bookdepository)
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