The Ten Loves Of Nishino by Hiromi KawakamiThe Ten Loves Of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami

The Ten Loves Of Nishino

byHiromi KawakamiTranslated byAllison Markin Powell

Paperback | June 14, 2019

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Best-selling and beloved Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami ( The Nakano Thrift Shop ) tells the story of an enigmatic man through the voices of ten remarkable women who have loved him.If you like Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa, it's a safe bet that you'll love The Ten Loves of Nishino ."- DozoDomo (France)Each woman has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who drifted so naturally into their lives. Still clinging to the vivid memory of his warm breath and his indecipherable sentences, ten women tell their stories as they attempt to recreate the image of the unfathomable Nishino.Like a modern Decameron, this humorous, sensual, and touching novel by one of Japan's best-selling and most beloved writers is a powerful and embracing portrait of the human comedy in ten voices. Driven by desires that are at once unique and common, the women in this book are modern, familiar to us, and still mysterious. A little like Nishino himself."
Bestselling authorHiromi Kawakami has won acclaim for her essays, stories, and novels. Her short fiction has appeared in English in The Paris Review and Granta . Her novel Strange Weather in Tokyo was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2014 International Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in Japan. Allison Ma...
Title:The Ten Loves Of NishinoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:June 14, 2019Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let Keiko Be Happy! Okay, I have a lot of thoughts on this book (all positive). I have never read a book quite like this one. It follows the story of Keiko Furukura who finds identity and purpose inside of a convenience store. She ends up working at the convenience store for 18 years, and at 36 years old, her friends and family are worried that she will never do anything with her life. I went into this book excited because I saw that it had raving reviews, but i didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I was constantly flipping back and forth between "shouldn't she want more for herself?" and "she's happy and feels fulfilled, and that should be enough!" It raises questions on society and what it is expected of us. Also, Keiko feels like she has purpose working at a convenience store, and honestly, she should because we need convenience store workers! We need workers to do these jobs that have stigma attached to them. There are people who are completely happy working at grocery stores, and convenience stores, and fast food places. We need these workers, and we need to respect them more than we already do. I think that this book brings to light the issue of degrading these jobs while also really needing them and demanding good service (if that makes sense). The book also questions the idea we need to go to school, get married, and have children to be happy. Do we? Keiko is completely happy outside of these expectations and maybe we can be too.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay Thoroughly enjoyed some of the stories, others didn't capture my attention at all.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked this odd book I loved reading <i> Convenience Store Woman </i>, watching the day-to-day of Keiko's life at work and at rest as she tries to figure out how best to live her life.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A quirky little gem Thank you to Netgalley, Grove Press and Sayaka Murata for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest e4. This is a gem of a novel. It might be small in page numbers but it is big on pleasure! It is quirky and offbeat just like the main character. Her name is Keiko and she is an odd duck. She doesn’t understand the world in the same way that most people do. She has to learn how to behave by observing those in her environment and these are things that don’t come easily for her. Keiko watches videos and copies people’s facial expressions and tone of voice but doesn’t understand the feelings behind them. Her logic, however, is impeccable, if not always appropriate. When she was small, two boys were fighting in the school playground. Everyone was telling them to stop, so Keiko picked up a shovel and smashed it over the boy’s head. She thought she solved the problem and expected people would be happy but was surprised her parents were called into the school and she got into trouble. Her parents are so sad for her. They had high hopes that she would be more like her sister but as Keiko got older she never changed. In high school Keiko found a job at a convenience store. She made an excellent employee, a hard worker, alway on time, never missing a day. Here she is today, at age 36, not married, no children and still working at a job most people would have left behind years ago. Keiko is very happy with her life, but is starting to feel pressure from those around her to succumb to societal pressures and be more “normal”. Should she upend her life just to fit in. Who is to say what is the right way to live? Is there only one right way? Set in Japan, where there is a stricter code of what is acceptable in society, Keiko is faced with a real dilemma. I really enjoyed this book and I thought it raised a lot of provocative questions. The story is told simply and doesn’t delve deep, never giving us too many answers. Rather, it allows the reader to think for themselves. It is a slice of life with some humour mixed in. I found the style of writing interesting because it reads in almost a broken English. It reminds me of the way a person who speaks Japanese might speak if English was their second language. All the characters in this story are delightful even when don’t root for them. We never learn why Keiko is different. She is never labelled with, for example, autism, which I think is awesome. She just is who she is. People exist on a spectrum with a wide range of emotions and behaviours. Who are we to interfere with anyone’s right to live the life they choose. Dropping in on Keiko’s life reminds us that everyone has their own definition of happiness and if you are brave enough you can live your best life.
Date published: 2018-06-08

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Ten Loves of Nishino If you like Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa, it's a safe bet that you'll love The Ten Loves of Nishino ."- DozoDomo (France)"Kawakami's writing is so carnal, beautiful, and stimulating for the reader that it does not need to be any more explicit. The mysterious quality of Kawakami's work lies in its extraordinary allusive power, something that only the greatest artists have." -Robert Saladrigas, La Vanguardia (Spain)"Subtle and delicate, in its details Kawkami's prose traces the signs that the soul leaves on one's consciousness." -Pere Guixa, El Pais "Reading Kawakami is like taking a warm bath. Her work is an homage to melancholy, to impossibility or, perhaps even more accurately, to the constant state of indeterminateness that we humans unwittingly inhabit." -Pablo D'Ors, ABC (Spain)"You never know where Nishino's affections lay, but the lack of a sentimental compass and of certainties does not destroy the women he loves, but rather makes them stronger. This is the novel's power; it is full of love and devoid of victims." - Telerama (France)"A bewitching song." - L'Express (France)"Kawakami's prose is constructed with the beautiful and reticular precision of a crystal." - El Norte de Castilla (Spain)"An evocative, subtle and passionate dissection of relationships and human behavior." -Flavia Company, El Pais (Spain)"The mysterious quality of Kawakami's work lies in its extraordinary allusive power, something that only the greatest artists have."-Robert Saladrigas, La Vanguardia (Spain)" The Ten Loves of Nishino is a delightful and strange love story about Nishino, an alluring and mysterious ladies' man."-Danny Caine, The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, KS"Lovely."-Ksenia Firsova, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CAPraise for Hiromi Kawakami's The Nakano Thrift Shop "A gentle, humorous novel." - The Wall Street Journal "Kawakami lavishes attention on quotidian minutiae and exquisitely awkward pauses, ending scenes on maddeningly unresolved but vibrant images. [... ] It feels a lot like daily life in Tokyo, but odder." - The New York Times "The pleasures of The Nakano Thrift Shop are not of the propulsive narrative variety but revolve more around the granular details of the everyday." - Los Angeles Review of Books "[Kawakami] knows she doesn't need fireworks to keep the reader entertained, and is pushing her exploration of form and style." - The Japan Times "A window into another world is opened by this pleasant but sprightly look at daily life in a small thrift shop in a Japanese city. Love and disappointment, professional rivalry, filial conflict and longings for another life illuminate these characters who became friends to the reader by the finish. Great summer read." -Eric Boss, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA)"Charming, quirky, and wise, this is a warmhearted character study of the undervalued, the obsolete, and the hidden gems among us all." -Monique Truong, author of Bitter in the Mouth "Subtle, graceful, wise and threaded on a quirky humour, this exploration of the connections and disconnections between people kept me smiling long after the last page." -Julia Rochester, author of The House at the End of the World " The Nakano Thrift Shop is really a love story, albeit a very offbeat one... A gentle book, full of charm [and] radiating leftfield charisma." - Emerald Street "Hiromi Kawakami's charming novel illuminates moments of kindness, love and friendship that pop up like the unexpected treasures amid the shop's dusty collection of pretty mismatched bowls and plates, castoff eyeglasses, task lamps and old electric fans." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune ". . .[A] modern Japanese slice-of-life drama." - Booklist "Readers will grow to care about these quirky characters [... ] making "Nakano" an utterly charming little book." - Philippine Daily Inquirer "