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Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a caf which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafs time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the caf, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . . Toshikazu Kawaguchis beautiful, moving story translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
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Libby1
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I finished this a couple weeks ago and forgot to post!

This book is based on a popular Japanese play, and as such can read in a bit of a stilted way. The story can be repetitive, but if you‘re looking for a pleasant, unchallenging read then this will suffice.

Cool cover, and those pancakes were really good. 😊🥞

CarolynM I didn't know this started as a play. That does make sense.🙂 3d
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Freespirit
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I liked this but didn‘t love it. A coffee shop in Tokyo with one seat that allows you to travel back in time. There are some rules. I liked the stories of the time travellers. I found it a little repetitive. A ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me

CarolynM I liked that the time travellers all found it difficult to know what to say when they met the person they wanted to meet, even though they were so sure before they went that they knew what they wanted. I thought there were some nice insights and observations, but I'd probably agree with your star rating. Maybe 3 1/2 2w
Freespirit I agree. They didn‘t want to change the future I think @CarolynM 😊 2w
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CarolynM
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One seat in an out-of-the-way Tokyo cafe allows its occupant to travel in time, overseen by the staff and subject to some strict rules. It's an outlandish premise, but it allows the author to explore some big issues about people and their relationships. The writing is flat and has a coolness about it that I don't much like, but I very much enjoyed the psychological insights the story provided. I'll put it in the mail next week.

Tamra That is a very interesting premise. It reminds me of a short story Lamar Burton read on his podcast about a restaurant that could recreate any meal precisely based on a memory. It was really great, which has reminded me to check out more of that author‘s stories. 2w
CarolynM @Tamra That sounds like an interesting story. I think I'd go for the recreated meal over the time travel if I had the choice🙂 2w
Cinfhen As curious as I am, I don‘t think this book is going to appeal to me. Thanks so much for sharing 😘😘 2w
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Cinfhen @Tamra your book sounds interesting 😳 2w
BarbaraBB I think this book will be right up my alley! Great review. Thanks so much for sharing, I‘ll be waiting for the mailman 😀😘 @Cinfhen 2w
BarbaraBB @Tamra That sounds great! It makes me think of an amazing dinner I once had in a restaurant in a remote party of Sweden while it snowed outside. I‘d definitely would want to relive that meal 😍 2w
Freespirit Just finished it. A 3 star book for me 2w
TrishB I saw this in Waterstones yesterday and put on my Christmas list! 2w
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Freespirit
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I came into town this morning to walk....it‘s rained....lightly ..but it‘s such a blessing...so I have taken refuge at the bookshop of course to drink coffee and watch the rain and read. #sonicetoseerain
My book is quirky..I like Japanese writers

CarolynM I've just finished this. I liked it a lot. What did you think? 2w
Freespirit Good so far...half way through. Quirky. 2w
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rrkreader
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Finished the book, loved the stories, though most of it was predictable it still was a collection of heart warming stories, best read/heard on cozy days... It's a good read worth 4 stars.

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CarolynM
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#WeeklyForecast
Before the Coffee Gets Cold still in my handbag, A Lost Lady for #CatherBuddyRead, Beloved for book group, One Step Back on the kindle in bed and finally I found West Coast while rearranging my library and couldn't resist the blurb "The best book about a Scottish photographer in London since, well, maybe ever" ?

Cinfhen How‘s the tagged book??? I think that‘s the one book that really caught my attention this week 3w
readordierachel That's quite a blurb 😆 3w
CarolynM @Cinfhen It's not bad, I'm intrigued as to where it's going. The writing is a bit pedestrian - there's a coolness about it that I don't love. I thought the same about Convenience Store Woman so maybe it's something about translation from Japanese. 3w
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Cinfhen Interesting!! I didn‘t like the detached writing/ tone of 3w
BarbaraBB I love that detached style in Japanese books 💙 2w
Graywacke ❤️ Beloved. Enjoy. Looking forward to discussing A Lost Lady this Saturday 2w
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TheEllieMo
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I‘m #LookingForwardToReading this one this month, a fellow book club member recommended it to me.

#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3w
CarolynM I'm reading it at the moment too🙂 3w
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Libby1
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I just finished work and am treating myself to a yummy lunch as I begin a new book.

(I bailed on Home Fire. Sorry, everyone. You‘re review of it helped put the nails in the coffin for me, @batsy . THANK YOU.)

batsy Oh! I feel guilty when I put people off books with critical reviews 😆 But if you're relieved to have bailed then I'm happy to have helped 😁 4w
Libby1 @batsy - no need for guilt! I only check reviews when I‘m not getting on well with a book. I do that to see if it‘s worthwhile to continue. You affirmed my early feelings about it so I knew it wasn‘t for me. 😃 4w
batsy @Libby1 Thanks for saying that, because I knew I was a bit of an outlier with my review of that one 💜 4w
Libby1 @batsy - I adore Antigone, so had been thrilled to find a library copy of this book last week. But after about 15 pages I already wasn‘t feeling it. I gave it a bit more time and then turned to your wisdom! Some of the things that were bothering me were exactly what you mentioned. 4w
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Libby1
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“...stood upright on her knees”?!?

How awkward.

#DodgyTranslations

Wife Like “kneeled”?😶 4w
Libby1 @Wife - that‘s my guess! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
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fireth
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I didn‘t expect to love this book as much as I did. Tears were had (several times). Highly recommended!
4.5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LeePeckover
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For Bookshop Day, I decided to go to my local bookstore and buy a book I had never heard of, by an author I knew nothing about, without reading the blurb and with no clue on genre or style. This is what I bought. Fingers crossed!

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whatrebeccasread
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“Before the Coffee Gets Cold” is a charming, clever story about how, no matter what we may try, there is nothing we can do to change the past and we can only learn and grow from our mistakes. I really enjoyed this heartwarming tale and it‘s 4 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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