Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata
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Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman

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The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction—many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual—and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action… A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
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Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyesshared an impression5 months ago
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This novel is a light, comical way to reflect how our capitalist society works. If you don't have any use for society your disposable. The story is funny, witty, and the writing amazing. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year.

Natalya
Natalyashared an impression4 months ago
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very unusual perspective on the society and our role in it. this convenience store could be in any country. I'm just a bit disappointed by quickly collapsed final. it's logical, just too abrupt.

afarismail
afarismailshared an impression6 months ago
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A book from the japanese world. Has a slight tinge of macabre, but mostly I feel the writer’s jabbing at the society for its judging norm.

A short, interesting read.

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
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.
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