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The Ten Loves of Nishino
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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Following The Nakano Thrift Shop, Hiromi Kawakami's breakout success, comes a new novel full of charm, subtlety, and style by an author whose readership in Japan numbers in the millions. "If you like Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa, it's a safe bet that you'll love The Ten Loves of Nishino."--DozoDomo (France) Each woman in this book has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who managed to glide so naturally into their lives. But who really was Mr. Nishino? Still clinging to the vivid memory of his warm breath, his indecipherable silences, and his nonchalance, ten women who have loved him tell their stories as they attempt to recreate the image of the unfathomable and seemingly unattainable Mr. Nishino. Through accounts that are full of humor, intelligence, and the bittersweet joys of love, these women evoke Nishino's image but reveal themselves. Each perspective is both captivating and sensual, droll but important, and each is a variation on themes of love and identity.
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 50/19

I finished these three books this week. Kindred was a pick, Mr Nishino a so-so and Sharp Objects a pan for me. All in all not a very memorable reading week.
However, I did finish #ReadingUSA2019!

squirrelbrain Oh, I just posted on your other post that you must‘ve nearly finished! Yay for you! It feels good doesn‘t it?! 😘 1d
Cinfhen Yay for completing #ReadingUSA2019 💙♥️🇺🇸 (edited) 1d
ShyBookOwl Kindred! One of my all time faves 1d
Megabooks Awesome job!! 🇺🇸 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @Megabooks It feels really good! Just posted my overview! 🇺🇸 (edited) 1d
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Mehso-so

I love Japanese novels and this one seemed perfect but somehow it wasn‘t - for me.

Nishino spends his life looking for love. Ten of his lovers tell about their relationship with him. Through their stories we get to know him. Except I didn‘t. For me the book was a bit too indistinct and detached.

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conny
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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A sense of warmth from the fleeting romances with Nishino to the cold seat suddenly left empty beside ten narrating women. This is the epitome of “mono no aware”.

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fleeting
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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Didn't realize I owned 5 of Kawakami's books. I've read 4 and so far I think this is the one I like the most. As for the book itself, it's a bit melancholic, has a very light touch of the surreal, yet there's something lacking in the overall construction. Give it a try if you're into Japanese novels, or quirky, open-ended stories.

Megabooks I have recently decided I like Japanese novels, so thanks! 5mo
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fleeting
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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Just finished the first part and this is very Banana Yoshimoto. I normally hate it when Japanese novels (especially) are categorized under, or compared to, more known authors (the cover of this actually says Murakami and Ogawa), but I cannot resist anything that resembles Yoshimoto's earlier works. I love her writings' simplicity and quiet. This book came at just the write time.

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BeckyMerilatt
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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A character described by ten of his lovers. Each perspective skewing and adjusting the reader‘s idea of who Nishino is. This book was strange, intimate, and surprising. I loved it.

BarbaraBB This one looks and sounds great! 6mo
BeckyMerilatt @BarbaraBB I liked it so much. It‘s very funny at times as well. 6mo
BarbaraBB Is your copy really an uncorrected proof?!? 6mo
BeckyMerilatt @BarbaraBB yeah. I work at a bookstore. It‘s just an advanced reader copy (ARC). 6mo
BarbaraBB That is cool I think. I know many people on Litsy read ARCs all the time but I wouldn‘t know how you get them, I think it‘s for the US only? Also, working at a bookstore 😍 6mo
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sisilia
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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I read two books by Hiromi Kawakami, and was disappointed twice by the awful translation works. This book looks cute, though. Should I just ignore my past experiences? 😆😅 #asuckerforcutebookcovers

erzascarletbookgasm Why are her books always feature a girl floating in the air on the covers? 🤔 7mo
sisilia @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! There‘s a Japanese photographer whose works are called The Floating Girl https://theinspirationgrid.com/the-floating-girl-photos-by-natsumi-hayashiara/ Not sure if it‘s related, but I‘m somehow always attracted to the series 🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 7mo
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matthieumcintosh
The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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Beyond excited to start this! Kawakami is climbing up my list of favorite Japanese writers as her books are just so human. All about the quotidian aspects of internal solitude in an extroverted world. She‘s great, please read her! Side note: I think the Murakami comps are surprisingly well founded but all the things that piss me off about Murakami (though I love him) are things that Kawakami does very well.

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