Quotes from “Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata

Diego Godinez
Diego Godinezhas quoted2 months ago
And I probably infect others with the way I speak too. Infecting each other like this is how we maintain ourselves as human is what I think
annisanys
annisanyshas quoted3 months ago
When you work in a convenience store, people often look down on you for working there. I find this fascinating, and
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
So that was it: now that she thinks he’s “one of us” she can lecture him. She’s far happier thinking her sister is normal, even if she has a lot of problems, than she is having an abnormal sister for whom everything is fine. For her, normality—however messy—is far more comprehensible.
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
Oh, sorry. It’s the first time I’ve kept an animal at home, so it feels like having a pet, you see.”

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Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
If I go out, my life will be violated again. When you’re a man, it’s all ‘go to work’ and ‘get married.’ And once you’re married, then it’s ‘earn more’ and ‘have children’! You’re a slave to the village. Society orders you to work your whole life. Even my testicles are the property of the village! Just by having no sexual experience they treat you as though you’re wasting your semen.
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
You’re still in a dead-end job at your age, and nobody’s going to marry an old maid like you now. You’re like secondhand goods. Even if you are a virgin, you’re grubby. You’re like a Stone Age woman past childbearing age who can’t get married and is left to just hang around the village, of no use to anyone, just a burden. I’m a man, so I can still make a comeback, but there’s no hope for you, is there, Furukura?
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
In the final analysis, we’re all animals,” he said, going off on a tangent. “If you ask me, this is a dysfunctional society. And since it’s defective, I’m treated unfairly.”

I thought he was probably right about that, and I couldn’t even imagine what a perfectly functioning society would be like. I was beginning to lose track of what “society” actually was. I even had a feeling it was all an illusion.
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of.
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
But I recalled how upset my sister had been when I’d casually mentioned this to her before and kept my mouth shut.

She had always been kind to me ever since we were little, and I never wanted to hurt her, so I changed the subject and said cheerfully
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
My speech is especially infected by everyone around me and is currently a mix of that of Mrs. Izumi and Sugawara. I think the same goes for most people. When some of Sugawara’s band members came into the store recently they all dressed and spoke just like her. After Mrs. Izumi came, Sasaki started sounding just like her when she said, “Good job, see you tomorrow!” Once a woman who had gotten on well with Mrs. Izumi at her previous store came to help out, and she dressed so much like Mrs. Izumi I almost mistook the two. And I probably infect others with the way I speak too. Infecting each other like this is how we maintain ourselves as human is what I think.
Karly D.
Karly D.has quoted8 months ago
A convenience store is a world of sound.
Cristina Salazar
Cristina Salazarhas quoted9 months ago
Good, I pulled off being a “person.” I’d felt similarly reassured any number of times here in the convenience store.
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
For her, normality—however messy—is far more comprehensible.
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
Well, I guess anyone who devotes their life to fighting society in order to be free must be pretty sincere about suffering.
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
Up until now he’d been ranting about people meddling in his life, yet here he was attacking me with the same kinds of reproaches that were making him suffer.
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
But we live in a world that is basically the Stone Age with a veneer of contemporary society, you know.
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
When something was strange, everyone thought they had the right to come stomping in all over your life to figure out why. I found that arrogant and infuriating, not to mention a pain in the neck
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
Infecting each other like this is how we maintain ourselves as human is what I think.
Alo
Alohas quoted9 months ago
I am one of those cogs, going round and round. I have become a functioning part of the world, rotating in the time of day called morning.
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