Sunday 17 December 2023

Favourite book of April 2023 - Review (Blogmas 2023 - Day 17)

 Hello everyone!!

Let's continue with April's favourite book. In April my favourite book was Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot).

“At the end of the day, whether one returns to the past or travels to the future, the present doesn't change.”
― Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a contemporary book with magical realism elements and it is the first book in the series.

It's been awhile since I read something like this and I just loved it.
It is a beautiful, moving story that explores the age-old question of what would you change if you could travel back in time.
The writing is simple but beautiful and all of the stories were really good and left me with a hopeful thought despite their tough subjects.
This book is really inspiring and after finishing it I couldn't stop thinking it for some time.

Rating: 5 Stars

At the moment there are four books in the series that are translated in English:
  • Before the coffee gets cold
  • Tales from the cafe
  • Before your memory fades
  • Before we say goodbye
I believe that there is one more book that is not translated yet.

About the book:

What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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