Tales from the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold Paperback – 10 June 2021 by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Author), Geoffrey Trousselot (Translator)

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      About the Author

      Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He formerly produced, directed and wrote for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his works include COUPLE, Sunset Song, and Family Time. The novel Before the coffee gets cold is adapted from a 1110 Productions play by Kawaguchi, which won the 10th Suginami Drama Festival grand prize.

      Geoffrey Trousselot was born in Hobart, Australia, in 1969. He is the translator of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series. Other translations include The I Wonder Bookstore by Shinsuke Yoshitake and Hiroshima: From the shadows of the grass by Toshinori Kanaya. He was a contributing translator to The 20th Century Art in Japan by the Tokyo Art Club.

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      Before the Coffee Gets Cold

      Before the Coffee Gets Cold

      Before the Coffee Gets Cold

      Before the Coffee Gets Cold

      Before the Coffee Gets Cold
      Dimensions 14 × 22 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Picador (15 March 2023)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 224 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 1035035057

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-1035035052

      Reading age ‏

      ‎ Customer suggested age

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 100 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 2 x 14 x 22 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ India


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      10 reviews for Tales from the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold Paperback – 10 June 2021 by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Author), Geoffrey Trousselot (Translator)

      1. Nikhil Kamath

        Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a beautifully written set of 4 interconnected stories revolving around the lives of the owners and customers of a cafe that lets you go back in time.With each story you get a closer look at the life of the characters and their past & present. Every story keeps you hooked as you read on to find what happens next. There are some bittersweet moments in these stories where you connect with the characters and are able to relate to their circumstances.Overall, the book is a great read and an amazing piece of storytelling. This book is not just for coffee lovers but for all those who can appreciate good storytelling.

      2. Aatifa

        Really good! Arrived in good condition

      3. Asmita

        Loved the style of narrationThere is no overwhelming righteousness preached, just simple facts stated and left to the reader’s imagination and contemplation.Enjoyed and assimilated the warmth.

      4. Marco

        Wish it was explored in a more structured manner. Much is left to our imagination.Had fun in the first half of the book, but the language was a bit too stilted, the writing style a bit too repetitive, and the cafe a bit too cold to have the fun I expected going in.All in all, book description might make you go in expecting a fun read, what you’ll get instead is a slightly surreal few hours of reading.There’s a rule to reading this book by the way: you can only read it in cafes. If not, it’ll evaporate from your memory.

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      6. Dilip K Khashnobish

        The book was well-packed and the delivery was prompt.

      7. Vishal Jadhav

        The wrWiting style is easy going and keeps the reader engrossed.I also liked the Imaginary premise presented by the time travelling chair.The characters are very relatable.

      8. Nibedita Deb

        It’s an easy, engaging read. It’s a string well curated stories, an emotional moving read. Very enjoyable. I recommend it.

      9. Leida Holguin

        Loved it!This is a heartwarming, poignant, and somewhat mystical exploration of human relationships, regrets, love, and the concept of time. It is a reminder of both the constraints and the possibilities of time, presented through an unassuming yet magical setting – a small, traditional Japanese café.The story takes place in a Tokyo coffee shop, where patrons are given a unique opportunity: to travel in time. However, this is not your typical time-travel story. The rules are strict and somewhat peculiar: you must sit in one specific seat, you can’t change the present, and you must return before the coffee gets cold. These rules add a distinctive charm to the story and provide a unique perspective on the concept of time travel.Kawaguchi writes four interconnected stories, each focusing on a different character who seeks to visit a moment in their past/future. The desires of these characters to rectify a regret, to reconnect, to communicate, are moving and relatable. Their narratives are carefully woven together, creating a tapestry that speaks to the interconnectedness of human lives.The writing style is simple, clear, and direct, allowing the emotions of the characters and the moral implications of their journeys to shine through. Some might find this style a bit too plain, and at times, it might seem that the narrative lacks the depth or complexity that could have made the characters more fully realized. However, it can also be argued that the simplicity of the prose mirrors the mundane yet magical setting of the café and the straightforward yet profound dilemmas the characters face.One aspect where the book could have been better is in its pacing. At times, the story tends to slow down, which might test the patience of some readers. Furthermore, while the book’s concept is intriguing, the strict rules of time travel somewhat limit the exploration of its potential. However, it’s clear that the author’s intention was not to write a sci-fi story about time travel but rather to use it as a device to explore themes of regret, acceptance, and the value of the present.Overall, thought-provoking, touching, and unique read. It explores the human condition through a unique lens, offering readers a chance to reflect on their own lives and the choices they’ve made. Despite minor flaws, the book’s emotional resonance, intriguing premise, and memorable characters make it a worthwhile read. This is a book for anyone who enjoys introspective storytelling, as well as those who appreciate a fresh take on well-worn themes.

      10. Neasa MacErlean

        Rather claustrophobic story but the ending is niceNot having read a Japanese novel before, I might be stereo-typing what I found here. It was a rather claustrophobic setting — in a small cafe, where one seat which is free for just a few minutes a day allows you to travel for a few minutes into the future or the past. The ‘trip’ is restricted by numerous ‘rules’ (not laws of nature) about how you could meet someone in the future or past only if you had met them before in the cafe…So I did find all of that restricting and it seemed to take up a lot of time to explain it. I felt like giving up half way through as I was finding the novel irritating rather than enlightening. But I was glad I persevered. I definitely will not read any of the sequels but I quite enjoyed parts of this book.

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