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All the Lovers in the Night
All the Lovers in the Night | Mieko Kawakami
Bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami invites readers back into her immediately recognizable fictional world with this new, extraordinary novel and demonstrates yet again why she is one of today's most uncategorizable, insightful, and talented novelists. Fuyuko Irie is a freelance copy editor in her mid-thirties. Working and living alone in a city where it is not easy to form new relationships, she has little regular contact with anyone other than her editor, Hijiri, a woman of the same age but with a very different disposition. When Fuyoku stops one day on a Tokyo street and notices her reflection in a storefront window, what she sees is a drab, awkward, and spiritless woman who has lacked the strength to change her life and decides to do something about it. As the long overdue change occurs, however, painful episodes from Fuyuko's past surface and her behavior slips further and further beyond the pale. All the Lovers in the Night is acute and insightful, entertaining and engaging; it will make readers laugh, and it will make them cry, but it will also remind them, as only the best books do, that sometimes the pain is worth it.
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batsy
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This is the second book of Kawakami's I've read after Heaven, & like the previous one it's existential & profound despite it's calm, stoical surface. In describing in wrenching detail the loneliness of a woman in her thirties, Kawakami resists all kinds of easy moralising. She avoids performing a standard psychological deep-dive. We know the protagonist is living through forms of trauma because of her circumscribed life, but not much more.

batsy It's a painful novel because it's much like life, but written with tenderness & care. This book got under my skin so much that I felt nausea when reading about Fuyoku's drinking, & couldn't sleep well if I read it before bed. And yet it's not a book of total despair or nihilism, as Kawakami gently sketches out a possibility of how even a terminally-alone person can forge connections & find reasons to get out of bed. The ending has a spark of hope. 5mo
batsy One to be filed under #SpinsterLit ! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review 💙 5mo
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BarbaraBB Great review again. She‘s such a good writer! 5mo
akshat01 How much time you take to read a complete book;) 5mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB Thank you! 💜 She is such an interesting writer and I hope there's lots more to come from her. 5mo
Suet624 Gee, to read or not to read. That is the question. 4mo
batsy @Suet624 A tough one to recommend; a pared down writing style and a very lonely subject. 4mo
Centique I‘ve got Breasts and Eggs coming up soon on audio - but I absolutely loved 4mo
Centique Awesome review 🙌 It‘s a good tip not to read it before bed! These are the kind of tips I need 😬 I was going to get House of Leaves from the library but the GR reviews made it sound like it seeped into peoples dreams so I chickened out. I think I can handle despair and dysfunction better…. we shall see. 4mo
batsy Good to know that about Ms Ice Sandwich; I need to read that & Breasts and Eggs, as well! Ooh thanks for mentioning that about House of Leaves. That's something I've had on my TBR for a long time and it's good to know what I'll be getting into 😆 4mo
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AbstractMonica
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Just got back from Chicago, and I‘m ready to settle down with a book and a nightcap. Feeling extra tired tonight 🥱

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AbstractMonica
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Happily making my way through my current read, but also excited to read these new books I picked up today. 🤗

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Cinfhen
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‘My heart was burdened by unbearable darkness”
Fuyuko Irie is 34, unattached and living a very solitary life. She‘s content with her lonely existence until a vivacious coworker wakes her up to new possibilities. There‘s layers of sadness here but this wasn‘t a depressing read. I enjoyed my time in Japan with Fuyuko. #BorrowNotBuy #Scribd

#FoodAndLit #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
CarolynM I‘ve just got this one. Glad to see you liked it🙂 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s odd but in a good way @CarolynM I think you‘ll like it - I just ordered a book you recommend a few months ago - it was part of an Amazon deal 6mo
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Cinfhen I just looked @CarolynM you actually recommended this book last summer - time is moving so fast!! 6mo
CarolynM I liked that book a lot, mostly for the theatre stuff, but I didn‘t dislike the MC as much as some people seem to, I thought he was trying in difficult circumstances. I hope you like it. I know what you mean about the passage of time - I still think 2019 was last year🥴 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking it must be a bit of meta fiction for Hawke @CarolynM - I‘m more interested in that angle 😉 6mo
CarolynM Yes, I certainly wondered just how much of it was autobiography. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘m really liking this strange little book #DoubleSpin #FoodAndLit #Japan
I feel like I‘m getting a good sense of Japanese culture

AllDebooks Japanese novels are fantastic, so broad in range. The tagged is a very haunting book, so good. 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read that book @AllDebooks Thanks for putting it back on my #ReadersRadar 😁 6mo
Megabooks This isn‘t my favorite of hers but I really enjoyed it! 6mo
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AllDebooks @Cinfhen lol, my pleasure x 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m nearly done @Megabooks and while I agree it‘s not as good as Breast & Eggs I‘m really enjoying it 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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Fuyuko hardly speaks or connects with other people. She starts drinking after years of abstinence, yet living her life in a disciplined way, each day repeating the one before. I didn‘t understand her at all, kept asking myself why she did (or mostly didn‘t do) the things she did. Yet she made a fascinating character and I loved the Japanese context and Kawakami‘s writing style.

(Pic: Chioggia, Italy)

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo ♥️ 6mo
jlhammar I haven‘t tried Kawakami yet. Sounds good. Love that photo! 6mo
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Laughterhp You always take the coolest photos! 6mo
squirrelbrain What @Laughterhp said! 😁 6mo
Librarybelle Your photo setting looks delightful and peaceful! 6mo
LeahBergen This photo! ❤️❤️ 6mo
Megabooks Love this photo and I‘m so glad you enjoyed the book! 6mo
Megabooks As if there were ever any doubt! 😉😘 6mo
DivineDiana Wish I could transport myself into that photo! ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No doubt at all! Now I‘m all set for Chandelier! 6mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Thanks! I think you would enjoy her books too. My favorite so far is 6mo
BarbaraBB @DivineDiana Italy is so photogenic! This place is nicknamed “Little Venice” (edited) 6mo
jlhammar @BarbaraBB Good to know! I think I‘ll give Heaven a try first. 6mo
KarenUK Beautiful 😍 💕 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 30/22

Back from vacation, I need to continue our #NYRBbookclub choice. I am also eager to read the Kawakami so I can read her Chandelier afterwards. I also want to read The Little Snake, a sweet gift from @squirrelbrain
But before all of this I have to finish my current book: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.

squirrelbrain Have a great week Barbara! 6mo
TrishB Great plans👍🏻 6mo
Cinfhen Welcome home!!! Hope you had an amazing time 💖💖💖 6mo
Megabooks So glad you‘re home safely! Enjoy the Kawakami! 6mo
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PNWBookseller85
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A really fascinating book about a woman living and working alone in Tokyo, about isolation, meaningful connections, and misunderstandings. I found the MC frustrating at times as I think I was meant to - her journey to self-discovery was slow and painful at times. Ultimately, it‘s a lovely book though. Melancholy and lonely.

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Megabooks
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A fantastic freebie from Independent Bookstore Day. Kawakami writes with soul about loneliness and modern life.

Our MC goes to a posh department store everyday. She wanders the halls buying things devoid of meaning for her, not caring how much she spends. As we follow her around the store, her emptiness begins to have meaning to the the reader. I sympathized and even pitied her in the end.

I‘ll get this on to you next week @BarbaraBB 😘

BarbaraBB I‘m so happy to be able to read this! Thank you for sharing it Meg ❤️😘 7mo
Cinfhen Cool 😎 great photo 7mo
batsy Nice review! This sounds interesting. I really must read more of her. 7mo
sarahbarnes Wow, that is so cool! I love her. 🤩 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A character-study novel about isolation, anxiety, human connection, and modern womanhood. Poetic prose, some lovely passages with dreamlike atmosphere, and with a general sense of melancholy. At times I was frustrated with the protagonist for her passiveness; but as I meandered along with her, I was drawn into her aloneness world, felt sad for her. I didn‘t like this as much as B&E and Heaven, but this is an important, contemplative read.

LeahBergen Lovely review! 8mo
TrishB Great review ❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts I love your review Jessie👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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Teresereading
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Why does the night have to be so beautiful?
#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

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lauraisntwilder
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I liked this, but I didn't love it like I hoped I would (and kind of expected to, based on her other books). The main character frustrated me. I didn't dislike her, but it's hard for to relate to someone so incapable of talking about things.

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Megabooks
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I love character studies, and I love the arc Kawakami wrote for Fuyoko. The translated dialogue was spot on, too. It‘s a book where the stars align.

Fuyoko is a quiet freelance proofreader, who retreats into her shell at the smallest disturbance. Enter her boss, who is one of the brashest, most outspoken Japanese characters I‘ve read. She really throws Fuyoko for a loop. Fuyoko befriends a mysterious man and decides maybe she wants more from him.

Cinfhen Ohhh, nice ….so the book redeemed itself!! I still don‘t think I‘m racing to read it 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it did! I ended up loving it. Her books require me to reflect a lot, so I‘m glad I made the space. B&E is still my favorite though. 8mo
charl08 Sounds intriguing. 8mo
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Megabooks @charl08 it was. 8mo
vivastory You completely sold me on this, although I want to read Heaven first! Is Kawakami prolific or are they just catching up translating her backlist? 8mo
BarbaraBB I‘m sold too! Fab review 🤍 8mo
Megabooks @vivastory I think she has a long backlist in Japanese, but I don‘t know that for sure. I think you and @BarbaraBB will both enjoy this! 8mo
Megabooks All these are the pre-bloom calla lilies @Cinfhen . It‘s like this all the way along the east side of our house. Everywhere there is not another plant, we have calls lilies! (edited) 8mo
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lauraisntwilder
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Current reads. I'm feeling a little scattered at the moment, so I'm not very far into any of these. But I like everything I've read so far!

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Megabooks
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Her writing/the translation is killing me. I mean that top quote just gutted me. Her characters are so sharp! Kawakami is definitely a favorite now.

BarbaraBB So sharp! She‘s terrific! 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can‘t wait for you to read it! 9mo
lauraisntwilder I just started this. I love her books! 9mo
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BarbaraBB I am glad you decided to continue it! 9mo
Megabooks @phyhill they‘re fantastic! 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB me too. I just had to put it aside for a bit. 9mo
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sarahbarnes
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I love the way Kawakami writes the raw, often painful experiences of her characters in such a quiet way. She is so matter of fact in her descriptions that it makes it a more emotional experience for me to read her work than I think it would be if her style were more dramatic. I loved this story and Fuyoko in her loneliness and struggle to connect with other people.

IuliaC Great review! 9mo
BarbaraBB Yours is the first review I read and I am happy you enjoyed it so much. Can‘t wait to read it myself too. Such a wonderful author! 9mo
batsy So glad to see that you loved it! 9mo
sarahbarnes @luliaC @BarbaraBB @batsy I hope you like it as well! Another beautiful book by this author. ❤️ 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Got some great #BookMail from Europa today!! Both of these are May releases.

sarahbarnes I didn‘t know Kawakami had another book coming out! I just got Heaven from the library and really liked Breasts and Eggs. 10mo
BarbaraBB Like @sarahbarnes I had no idea she has written another book already. By the way, Heaven is really really good! 10mo
Well-ReadNeck @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I 💕 Breast and Eggs and have Heaven on my reader!! Now I‘m even more excited about the latest! 10mo
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sarahbarnes I‘m excited to read both of these! Glad to hear you liked Heaven @BarbaraBB! 10mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Even more than B&E but it‘s a very hard subject (bullying) 10mo
BarbaraBB Missing your reviews, I hope all is well 🤍 5mo
vivastory I hope you are doing well & reading some good books 📚 5mo
megnews Thought of you the other day and missing you here. Hoping all is well with you. 4mo
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