K I expected something whimsical maybe even a hint f magical realism in this from the way it s described But it s a pretty plain story told by a pretty plain narrator in fact she has virtually no personality which is probably why I could never really get into it It s a uiet story about a woman who works in a second hand shop under the employment f a sort f eccentric playboy Mr Nakano She s in love with her co worker friends with her boss s sister and generally a pretty uninteresting person I didn t hate this but wouldn t necessarily recommend it Sweet story with a great setting but got kind Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of repetitive Checkut reviews Perspective Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of a WriterThe Nakano Thrift Shop is home to many secrets found in their customers staff and manybjects Hitomi the inexperienced young woman who works the register at Mr Nakano s thrift shop has fallen for her coworker the Night's Pawn oddly reserved Takeo Unsuref how to attract his attention she seeks advice from her employer s sister MasayoThe short reviewThis was an Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) odd and unexpected read for me I kindf expected the sweetness f Sweet Bean Paste a The Nakano Thrift Shop is just my cup f tea when it comes to japanese stories a slice f life story a problematic dysfunctional relationship a sense f coziness and simplicity The story revolves around the two young employees The Secret Child of the Nakano shop as their relationship goes from colleagues to somewhat lovers to awkward exes The author uses that story as the axes from which the restf the small stories started blooming And she did an excellent job blending small thrift stories with the main romance as well as the two siblings stories However the main Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook one got a bit tiring as the girl was too hung upn the boy and he for his part was just a brute not talking to her even when they were a couple The ending still was pretty good and realistic than I was expecting it to be The author did an amazing job with the portrayal f the uniue characters and their growth through timeSo verall it was a nice pretty interesting book with some good writing and authentic characters On a suburban street in Tokyo lies a uaint little shop called The Nakano Thrift Shop that is home for all the nick nacks you could ever want But while what can be found inside is wondrous it. Her fellow employee Takeo a shy but charming young man And every day customers from the neighbourhood pass in and ut as curios are bought and sold each ne containing its wn surprising story When Hitomi and Takeo begin to fall for ne another they find themselves
I adore this writer She is appealing in a very individualistic particular introverted Japanese way that is reminiscent Death by Inferior Design of Murakami s works yet entirely and uniuely herwn I mention Murakami nly because the authors share enough similarity in their character types and their descriptions f the small mundane rituals Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of daily life that it deserves an NB if you love Murakami s uirky characters and his descriptionsf cooking simple meals and having nice long talks you will find much to love about Kawakami Otherwise her writing will probably make you want to toss your book into a pot f boiling spaghetti as you cook your nice simple meal This is nly the second book I ve read f Kawakami s the first being Strange Weather in Tokyo and I am looking forward to reading all f those which have been translated into English I have just begun Manazuru too This A Philosophy of Cinematic Art one is a simple comingf age story about a young Japanese woman who works at at thrift shop and the three people who share her life during this time Takeo her young co worker for whom she develops a passion Mr Nakano the philosophical and philandering shop The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified owner and Masayo Mr Nakano s sister who is a charming and rather endearing mediocre artist The characters are all so interesting in a uiet uirky never fully revealed way The two youngernes are in a state White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs of almost constant bewilderment about themselves eachther and everyone else around them Plot spoiler uh h wait not needed There is no plot y all Just read it anyway Who needs plots I hate em myself A contemporary Japanese novel written by an award winning female writerAs ever I finished the novel feeling somewhat baffled such is the nature f Japanese fiction Scab obliue dreamlike enigmatic subtle I enjoyed the book but If you want to dip your toes into the strange watersf Japanese fiction give this In a World Created by a Drunken God one a tryThe characters are very engaging this much I can say And there are passages where a trivial daily detail is described beautifully a sortf verbal still life perhaps I ve said enough Read it for yourself I loved Strange Weather in Tokyo but found this book by the same author uite appalling Dull aimless the characters irritating it was a real chore to get to the end Haven t been this disappointed for uite a while I thin. When Hitomi takes a job Indo No Kao on the cash registerf a neighbourhood thrift store she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community There is Mr Nakano an enigmatic ladies' man with several ex wives; Masayo Mr Nakano's sister an artist who has never married; and.
Is the lives f those that work there that is the most fascinating The store s wner Mr Nakano for Giant Peach Yodel one isn his 3rd marriage has 3 children and spends his time working and spending time with his lovers Sinai and Zion or as he calls them the Bank His sister Masayo is also a hopeless romantic who think she has found love in her new beau Maruyama Recently hired Hitomin the ther hands spends awkward moments advancing and retreating in love with fellow employee TakeoThe group f them share a bond built n their loves and a subtle loyalty the store The narrator Hitomi is naive and almost transcendental as she interprets the relationships around her It is these expositions by Hitomi that is the meat f the story along with the dreamy look at contemporary Japanese life with the smells f the food to the customs interlocking brilliantly This is a story that will gently embrace you and guide you along an enchanting journey f emotion that is both therapeutic and divine With gentle humor and a lot Iniquity of heart The Nakano Thrift Shop is well worth a read for anyone not putff by a slow read and want s to be swept away Enjoyed this a bit than Strange Weather in Tokyo Another interesting slice f life type book I swear reading translated works allows you insight into stuff you never thought you needed insight in The way some words defy direct translations into ther languages How you need a string f sentences to convey what that ne word actually means As I read it Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) over the work week though I may have missed a lotf thingsuotable uotes as I tend to skim Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook on the surface and my inner monologue sometimes gets away before my brain manages to catch up to what is goingn Anyway I think Japanese books have a very subtle touch to them vague and somewhat do I dare say it wishy washy in parts I think I have mentioned it before that I am a big fan f slice f life anime how mundane everyday things and tasks somehow take Livin' de Life on a light airy almost dreamlike weight to themIf you don t have the heart to appreciate it you will probably find it really pointless boring drollButverall I like it and will probably continue to seek ut f the same A very uiet simple novel about the everyday Full review HERE but for now I will just say that this is book is just SO JAPANESE. N the centre Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of theirwn drama and Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind on the edgesf many The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta othersA tender and affecting explorationf the mystery that lurks in the rdinary this novel traces the seemingly imperceptible threads that weave together a community and the knots that bind us to ne another.
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川上 弘美 Kawakami Hiromi born April 1 1958 is a Japanese writer known for her off beat fictionBorn in Tokyo Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980 She made her debut as Yamada Hiromi in NW SF No 16 edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko in 1980 with the story So shimoku Diptera and also helped edit some early issues of NW SF in the 1970s She reinvented herself as a writer and wrote her first book a collection of short stories entitled God Kamisama published in 1994 Her novel The Teacher's Briefcase Sensei no kaban is a love story between a woman in her thirties and a man in his sixties She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayistfrom Wikipedia