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Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Autor(a) de Before the Coffee Gets Cold

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We're back in Tokyo for more tales from Funiculi Funicula, though I think they are out of sequence and come somewhere between books 1 and 2. The stories here are more stand alone, unlike the interconnected ones in earlier volumes, but it's basically the familiar comforting formula.
Robertgreaves | outras 8 resenhas | Jun 11, 2024 |
A charming and thoughtful set of related short stories about a special coffee shop where patrons get the opportunity to travel through time...but only before the coffee gets cold. A lovely book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
SarahEBear | outras 111 resenhas | May 19, 2024 |
These are such cute and quirky books. This is the second one I read and really, I wanted to read it because a woman wanted to back and visit her dog that had passed and I sobbed. I definitely think I liked the first book better and maybe, eventually, I'll check out the other two books in between the first one and this one...but besides that one story, I feel like this book didn't hit as well as the first one did.
Mav-n-Libby | outras 8 resenhas | May 13, 2024 |
Read Around the World. Japan

"You can't change the present whatever you do, but you can change your mind."

This is a sci-fi time travel novel by Japanese author Toshikazu Kawaguchi. It is set in Tokyo, at the Funiculi Funicula café, a very special little café where patrons can sit on a chair and take a trip into the past. There are many rules associated with the time-travel (repeated rather frequently throughout the book) with the most important one being that you must drink the coffee before it gets cold, or maybe you’ll turn into a ghost like the mysterious woman always sitting there.

The book tells four stories of people who time-travel and their reasons for doing so. Fumiko is a well-educated working woman who wants to go back and replay her last meeting with Goro, a man who left her to travel to the US. Maybe if she waits long enough he will return to her. Personally I would have slammed the door right after him and not looked back.

In the second story Kohtake goes back to meet her husband Fusagi who has dementia and doesn’t remember her. Going back to the past will not change the present but interestingly it may change your attitude towards it. The odd part of this story was that she went back to read a letter that she already had in the present but wouldn’t read.

Thirdly Hirai returns to meet her younger sister Kumi, before she is killed in an accident. Her sister has been begging her to give up her freedom and return to the family business.

Lastly, Kei the wife of the café owner Nagare, decides to go to the future to see her unborn child as she knows that with her heart condition she is unlikely to survive the pregnancy if she chooses to continue with it.

I found this an engrossing little book. It is a wonderful premise for a story, I just think it would have been a more dynamic story if it was written by a woman. All of the four women who travel seem to be very passive and obliging, maybe a man’s fantasy version of a woman rather than a real one. Each story involves great sacrifice on behalf of the woman, usually for very mediocre and uninspiring men. Other than the dementia story, in which case it seemed reasonable, I felt the sacrifices and choices made were abhorrent and disempowering. As for the café owner…what kind of man is OK with allowing his wife to continue a pregnancy that will kill her just so he can have a child? . I have no words, or at least not polite ones. A 4 star read rounded down to 3.5 for the fairly misogynist standpoint.
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mimbza | outras 111 resenhas | Apr 22, 2024 |



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