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Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café (2015)

af Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café 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 café's 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 café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold ... Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story 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?… (mere)
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Thanks to Edelweiss and Hanover Square Press for this e-book in return for my honest review.

Time travel is a topic not many authors could easily produce with great ease. This is one exception. With its simple plot to its few characters, the author can spin such a captivating premise! Thankfully it wasn’t lost in translation although there were some restless pondering and notable repetition. Aside from that it was an engaging read.

You can read my full review here:
http://www.sholee.net/2020/07/mpov-before-coffee-gets-cold.html ( )
  Sholee | Sep 9, 2021 |
I loved this book! I loved the writing and the plot was simply beautiful. I heard someone say it had really simple writing which I think was a plus point. From the start till the end, I enjoyed it thoroughly. The stories were interconnected and I loved that. It is a cosy read but at some points I was on the brink of tears. Would've liked if couple characters were explored more towards the end. Overall it's a really good read, and anyone who's looking for something that isn't too complex but simply beautiful, I would recommend this. ( )
  iris.jer | Jul 24, 2021 |
I've been on a sprint through Japanese novels.

- Convenience Store Woman (great!)
- Nakano Thrift Shop (meh)
- Ms Ice Sandwich (really meh)

Now this one.

With the last 2, I've learned to abandon the book when I sense the plot going nowhere; when the imagery is lacking; when I don't feel transported anywhere special.

An additional issue with this one is also the stunted interactions and dialogue with Kazu and Fumiko. Not sure if it's a translation issue, but it reads more like stage direction than an unraveling of events. ( )
  ShelfAwareness | Jul 6, 2021 |
An excellent shorter time travel book set in a cafe in Japan.
Time travel doesn't actually play a big part in the story, it is there mostly just a vehicle to tell stories of people and relationships.
I coulldn't put the book down and finished it in a day. ( )
  mbmackay | Jul 3, 2021 |
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  1stFriday-McKinney | Jun 4, 2021 |
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In four intertwined chapters, Kawaguchi invites readers to accompany four intrepid adventurers who desire a second chance at a crucial conversation in their lives.... Interwoven into what initially feels like a whimsical escape are existential conundrums of love and loss, family and freedom, life and death. “[N]o matter what difficulties people face,” Kazu muses at book’s end, “they will always have the strength to overcome them. It just takes heart. And if the chair can change someone’s heart, it clearly has its purpose.”
 
Before the Coffee Gets Cold, the debut novel from playwright Toshikazu Kawaguchi... inventively limits the mechanics of its time travel to the confines of a small cafe, and is all the more resonant for it.... Although the characters are unable to alter the past, the implications they bring forward into the future are real, and the experiences the characters undergo carry real weight on the narrative, which is reflected as the stories progress. While not usually one to shy away from spoilers, I think the real enjoyment of the novel comes not from the way the narratives are told, but the individual narratives in themselves. They are at times a bit sappy, and don’t go in expecting many twists – but this doesn’t take away from the emotional weight behind these moments.
 
In four connected tales, lovers and family members take turns sitting in the chair that allows a person to travel back in time for only as long as it takes a single cup of coffee to cool.... The characters learn, though, that even though people don’t return to a changed present, they return “with a changed heart.” Kawaguchi’s tender look at the beauty of passing things, adapted from one of his plays, makes for an affecting, deeply immersive journey into the desire to hold onto the past. This wondrous tale will move readers.
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In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café 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 café's 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 café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold ... Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story 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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