Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata
Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman

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The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction—many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual—and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action… A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
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Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyesshared an impression10 months ago
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This novel is a light, comical way to reflect how our capitalist society works. If you don't have any use for society your disposable. The story is funny, witty, and the writing amazing. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year.

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Не знаю, почему рецензии на эту книгу звучат как «миленькая» и «уютная» - книга довольно серьезная, и достоверно рассказывает о том, как людям некомфортно с теми, кто не похож на них и как они пытаются их исправить.
Да, ещё эта книга о том, что подход «найди под забором мужика, отмой, обогрей и мужик будет чистым золотом» не работает.

Ana Khvan
Ana Khvanshared an impression4 months ago

The book is very weird in a sense. It is a grotesque description of our society, which I can perfectly understand, but the main character is represented in this book as a convenience store species and not a human kind, that made me kind of uncomfortable.

were at a loss what to do about me,
But everyone thought I was a rather strange child
When I think that my body is entirely made up of food from this store, I feel like I’m as much a part of the store as the magazine racks or the coffee machine.
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