Guest Review: Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Mini Review)

Hi Folks!!!
Hope you’re all doing well.
Today I’m back with another mini review written by my friend Kristian.
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Before the coffee gets cold
Format:
Paperback

Publisher: Picador

Genres: Fiction, Asian Literature

Publication Date: 19th September 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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?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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Kristian’s Thoughts

This is also a story set in Japan. A café hard to find in the back alleys of Tokyo. It’s been around for many years and it has got a reputation of being able to help people travel back in time. However, there are several rules restricting how to do it and what you can do once you reach. I thought I wouldn’t like this part, but it gives a different twist to the stories within the story.

I liked how I got to know the characters from the café and how they are linked together. It was also a very good take on some serious issues that can be hard to find the words to talk about sometimes.

Sometimes the dialogue can go on a bit, but it’s worth being patient because you realise soon enough that what they are saying to each other is important later on.

Highly recommend.

Kristian’s Rating

💙💙💙💙 1/2

 

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