Asleep by Michael Emmerich, Banana Yoshimoto


Michael Emmerich, Banana Yoshimoto

fiction Short Stories
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Banana Yoshimoto has a magical ability to animate the lives of her young characters, and here she spins the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake. A third finds her sleep haunted by another woman whom she was once pitted against in a love triangle. Sly and mystical as a ghost story, with a touch of Kafkaesque surrealism, Asleep is an enchanting book from one of the best writers in contemporary international fiction.

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summary of 147 ratings (see reviews)


reflective 87%
sad 62%
emotional 50%
mysterious 37%
hopeful 25%
relaxing 12%


slow 37%
medium 37%
fast 25%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | N/A: 25% | Yes: 25%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | N/A: 25% | Yes: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 25%

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