y Banana Heart Summer : A Novel single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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  • Epigraph: Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. The Dalai Lama.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Millers Point, Sydney City, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Pier 9 , 2005 .
      Extent: 266p.
      ISBN: 1740455908
    • Pasig City, Manila,
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      Philippines,
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      Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Anvil Publishing , 2005 .
      Extent: 253p.
      ISBN: 9712717313 (bp), 9712717399 (np)

Works about this Work

The Asian Conspiracy : Deploying Voice/Deploying Story Merlinda Bobis , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 25 no. 3 2010; (p. 1-19)
'This essay develops on the premise of imagining, which is the heart of story-making: imagine the physicality of story. Imagine the deployment strategies, the covert 'translations' of difference' that facilitate the entry of the Other story through the gate.
And once inside, imagine how this Otherness is legitimised, packaged and consumed within the Australian nation.' (p. 3)
Merlinda Bobis's 'Banana Heart Summer' : Recipes to Work through Trauma and Appease the Human Heart's Everlasting Hunger M. Dolores Herrero , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 32 no. 1-2 2010; (p. 194-208)
Banana Heart Summer (2005) is a truly original novel. What at first seems to be a collection of exotic recipes turns out to be a touching, funny and elegiac story. The myth of the banana heart inspires twelve-year-old Nenita, who will try to find the perfect balance between love and anger, to appease her family's hunger and, which is even more important, to win her violent mother's love. As she cooks and eats, or dreams of cooking and eating, other love stories unravel in Remedios Street, the street she lives in, significantly placed between an active volcano and a Catholic church. In this paper I analyse the way in which the different symbols that the novel uses, food being one of the most important, contribute to giving it a most original and coherent structure, and also draw the reader's attention towards some of the most outstanding messages that the novel seems to put forward, namely, the need for love and dialogue between different individuals and cultures, and for a multicultural and rather more cohesive model to be advocated in contemporary societies. [from Kunapipi 32,1-2, Abstracts, pp. 242-243]
'Voice-Niche-Brand' : Marketing Asian-Australianness Merlinda Bobis , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 45 2008;
Merlin is a Woman Sylvia L. Mayuga , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Philippine Daily Inquirer , 14 September 2006;
Food, Precious Food : Migrating the Palate. Merlinda Bobis , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 28 no. 2 2006; (p. 10-17)
Untitled Eliza Metcalfe , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 84 no. 10 2005; (p. 24)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Peeling Back the Layers Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 August 2005; (p. 11-12)
Peeling Back the Layers of Love, Life and Food Sarah Gleeson-White , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 August 2005; (p. 12)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
The Hunger to Belong Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 13 August 2005; (p. 8)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Fiction Dianne Dempsey , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 October 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Balancing Heart and Spleen Robert Hefner , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , November-December vol. 15 no. 8 2005; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Untitled Eliza Metcalfe , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 84 no. 10 2005; (p. 24)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Peeling Back the Layers of Love, Life and Food Sarah Gleeson-White , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 August 2005; (p. 12)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
The Hunger to Belong Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 13 August 2005; (p. 8)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Fiction Dianne Dempsey , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 October 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Balancing Heart and Spleen Robert Hefner , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , November-December vol. 15 no. 8 2005; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Banana Heart Summer : A Novel Merlinda Bobis 2005 single work novel
Peeling Back the Layers Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 August 2005; (p. 11-12)
Merlin is a Woman Sylvia L. Mayuga , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Philippine Daily Inquirer , 14 September 2006;
Food, Precious Food : Migrating the Palate. Merlinda Bobis , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 28 no. 2 2006; (p. 10-17)
'Voice-Niche-Brand' : Marketing Asian-Australianness Merlinda Bobis , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 45 2008;
The Asian Conspiracy : Deploying Voice/Deploying Story Merlinda Bobis , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 25 no. 3 2010; (p. 1-19)
'This essay develops on the premise of imagining, which is the heart of story-making: imagine the physicality of story. Imagine the deployment strategies, the covert 'translations' of difference' that facilitate the entry of the Other story through the gate.
And once inside, imagine how this Otherness is legitimised, packaged and consumed within the Australian nation.' (p. 3)
Merlinda Bobis's 'Banana Heart Summer' : Recipes to Work through Trauma and Appease the Human Heart's Everlasting Hunger M. Dolores Herrero , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 32 no. 1-2 2010; (p. 194-208)
Banana Heart Summer (2005) is a truly original novel. What at first seems to be a collection of exotic recipes turns out to be a touching, funny and elegiac story. The myth of the banana heart inspires twelve-year-old Nenita, who will try to find the perfect balance between love and anger, to appease her family's hunger and, which is even more important, to win her violent mother's love. As she cooks and eats, or dreams of cooking and eating, other love stories unravel in Remedios Street, the street she lives in, significantly placed between an active volcano and a Catholic church. In this paper I analyse the way in which the different symbols that the novel uses, food being one of the most important, contribute to giving it a most original and coherent structure, and also draw the reader's attention towards some of the most outstanding messages that the novel seems to put forward, namely, the need for love and dialogue between different individuals and cultures, and for a multicultural and rather more cohesive model to be advocated in contemporary societies. [from Kunapipi 32,1-2, Abstracts, pp. 242-243]
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