✨Review✨Convenience Store Woman ~ Sayaka Murata. Translated6/19/2021, 4:15:46 AM
✨Review✨Convenience Store Woman ~ Sayaka Murata. Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori I was first recommended this over a year ago by a girl in my dbt group. Shoutout to her because I loved this! It’s everything I want and need in a book. I really had no idea what it was about going in, except that it follows a woman who has worked in a convenience store forever. And at its core that is what it is about. But add in commentary on societal and familial expectations around marriage and having children. Add in a sexist antagonistic male character to comment on women and their place and complain about being a man. Add in ‘cog in the machine’ plot and you’ve got a cracking book! I love any story about bucking the social norm. Here we have a 36 year old woman who’s not married and never had a partner, never had kids, and has worked in the same part time job for 18 years. And she’s happy, she knows her place and how life works when she follows routine. It’s everyone around her that has a problem. I think this is a good look at what that’s like for a person, when you’re happy with life but everyone else has higher expectations for you. Can’t we just let people be happy in whatever it is they’re doing!? It’s not very long, and it’s translated to English. This is the second translated Japanese fiction I’ve read and I think I’m beginning to get my head around the style of writing and type of story they tell. I think I’m going to have to prioritise more translated Japanese fiction because I really do like it. This is fosr sure a character driven novel, we drop in to Keiko’s life and then as soon as we’re in, we leave. So if that’s not your thing maybe this one isn’t for you. For me though, it’s made me want to check out Murata’s other writing and that’s always a sign of a good book! Something a bit different for your Saturday, 100% inspired by @sydneesbooknook and @whatmaddieread and their amazing scribbles! I hope I can do more of these and get better at them!