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Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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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 | Hi ha 111 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 111 ressenyes més | Apr 22, 2024 |
‘’So, there’s nothing one could do to change the present?’’

In the fourth instalment of our beloved Tales From the Cafe series, the focus turns on family, parenthood, the relationship between daughters and parents, and the regret that comes to haunt our step once our bond with those we love- be it kin or lovers - is shuttered by misunderstanding, prejudice or plain denial to accept the truth.

‘’You cannot change the present no matter how hard you try…what a cruel rule.’’

The Husband: A rather inquisitive professor wants to return to the time when his wife was healthy, for there are things left unspoken…What do you do when you know the future and the misery it will bring? Do you tell or keep everything locked within you, suffering in silence?

The Farewell: We often overlook the special bond, the adoration even, between a human being and their pet. In this moving episode, a woman visits the past to face her regrets over the death of her pet.

The Proposal: In an unexpectedly sad story, a young woman wants to meet the boyfriend whose marriage proposal she refused. One of the most moving moments in the entire Funiculi Funicula series.

The Daughter: This moment was equally heart-breaking and infuriating. A daughter who treated her father in such a manner makes it difficult for me to understand her. Making amends? There would be no need for that if you had tried to listen to your father and care for his feelings instead of being a megalomanic selfish shrew. I am sorry if I sound cruel but honesty always comes first.

Yes, Toshikazu Kawaguchi and his treasures keep breaking our hearts, but the hope, love, and sense of freedom surrounding you when you read his books last long after your coffee gets cold. Within these pages, Life awaits. You don’t want to miss it…

‘’When our action brings about an unexpected result, how can we not experience huge regret? After all, do we ever get another shot?’’

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AmaliaGavea | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Apr 17, 2024 |



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