Quotes from “Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata

“Yes, it’s really cramped when we’re together in the room, so I’m keeping him in there.”
Well, I guess anyone who devotes their life to fighting society in order to be free must be pretty sincere about suffering.
The sensation that the world is slowly dying feels good.
were at a loss what to do about me,
The other day, the store was open on May 1 for the nineteenth time, having been open continuously for 157,800 hours. I’m now thirty-six years old, and the convenience-store-worker-me is eighteen.
But I was now left out of that flow of time I thought
Before me now was a human male, mindlessly hoping that one of the same species was going to breed
The long-forgotten silence sounded like music I’d never heard before. As I stood stock-still listening to this, it was split by the sound of the floor creaking under Shiraha’s weight.
People who are considered normal enjoy putting those who aren’t on trial, you know
But feeding him did cost me more money
After I adopted Shiraha
Yes! Some men are like that … but they tend to be kinder and more sincere, and charming, right?
I’d kind of sensed that I was taking in a fraud when I let Shiraha come to live with me
You either get married and have kids or go hunting and earn money, and anyone who doesn’t contribute to the village in one of these forms is a heretic. And the villagers will come poking their noses into your life as much as they want.”
over you as they please
They’ll trample all
“Look, anyone who doesn’t fit in with the village loses any right to privacy
It appears that if a man and a woman are alone in an apartment together, people’s imaginations run wild and they’re satisfied regardless of the reality.”
So the manual for life already existed. It was just that it was already ingrained in everyone’s heads, and there wasn’t any need to put it in writing
Well, I guess anyone who devotes their life to fighting society in order to be free must be pretty sincere about suffering.”
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