Quotes from “Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata

Diego Iván
Diego Ivánhas quoted15 days ago
Being so easily duped showed poor security I thought.
Diego Iván
Diego Ivánhas quoted15 days ago
“Keep those rotten genes to yourself for the course of your lifetime and take them to heaven with you when you die without leaving even a trace of them here on earth. Seriously.
Diego Iván
Diego Ivánhas quoted15 days ago
I’d forgotten whatever guiding principles I’d followed back then.
Diego Iván
Diego Ivánhas quoted19 days ago
But subsequently everyone started hooking up with society, either through employment or marriage, and I was the only one who hadn’t done either.
Diego Iván
Diego Ivánhas quoted19 days ago
After all, I absorb the world around me, and that’s changing all the time. Just as all the water that was in my body last time we met has now been replaced with new water, the things that make up me have changed too.
uchiha
uchihahas quotedlast month
This society hasn’t changed one bit. People who don’t fit into the village are expelled: men who don’t hunt, women who don’t give birth to children. For all we talk about modern society and individualism, anyone who doesn’t try to fit in can expect to be meddled with, coerced, and ultimately banished from the village.”
uchiha
uchihahas quotedlast month
men have it much harder than women, you know. If you’re not yet a fully fledged member of society, then it’s get a job, and if you’ve got a job, it’s earn more money, and if you earn more money, it’s get married and have offspring. Society is continually judging us. Don’t lump me together with women. You lot have a cushy time of it
uchiha
uchihahas quotedlast month
Shiraha, we’re in the twenty-first century! Here in the convenience store we’re not men and women. We’re all store workers.
Diego Iván
Diego Ivánhas quoted3 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 quoted5 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 quoted7 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 Diaz.
Karly Diaz.has quoted10 months ago
A convenience store is a world of sound.
Cristina Salazar
Cristina Salazarhas quotedlast year
Good, I pulled off being a “person.” I’d felt similarly reassured any number of times here in the convenience store.
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