Days at the Morisaki Bookshop: A charming and uplifting Japanese translated story on the healing power of books

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Days at the Morisaki Bookshop: A charming and uplifting Japanese translated story on the healing power of books

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop: A charming and uplifting Japanese translated story on the healing power of books

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The place had a very lived-in look. To put it nicely, I guess you could call it unpretentious. To put it not so nicely, it was a dump.

This book is without a doubt, a truly heartwarming read. It envelops you in its warmth like a cherished, old sweater, making it feel like a literary hug. At its core, this book is a celebration of the transformative power of literature, how books can quietly but profoundly alter the course of our lives. It's a wholesome, sweet, and comforting story that will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on your heart. Twenty-five-year-old Takako has enjoyed a relatively easy existence—until the day her boyfriend Hideaki, the man she expected to wed, casually announces he’s been cheating on her and is marrying the other woman. Suddenly, Takako’s life is in freefall. She loses her job, her friends, and her acquaintances, and spirals into a deep depression. In the depths of her despair, she receives a call from her distant uncle Satoru. Sutil como la ceremonia del té, hermosa como los cerezos en flor y melancólica como el cine de autor japonés, así es la novela corta Mis días en la librería Morisaki de Satoshi Yagisawa que ha conquistado el corazón de lectores bibliófilos a lo largo y ancho de todo el mundo y que, con traducción de Estefanía Asins, acaba de ser editada en España por Plata Editores, un nuevo sello que promete darnos muchas alegrías lectoras. You can tell that Yagisawa really loved Jimbocho neighbourhood. As Tokyo is an extremely large city, each neighbourhood can feel different from each other and you get a sense of the scale of the city.Eso sí, disfruto mucho de la habilidad de los japoneses no solo para crear historias agradables y reconfortantes, si no para ubicarlas en escenarios que sin haber visto en tu vida, te resultan familiares, hogareños, lugares en los que sientes que has estado, aunque nunca los hayas visitado. Pasa un poco eso con Jinbocho, ese barrio lleno de librerías (que ya pongo como objetivo de vida visitarlo algún día), también con Morisaki, esa librería llena de libros por todas partes o el monte donde sus protagonistas viajan para desconectar de la ciudad. Los autores japoneses consiguen sumergirme como nadie en esos lugares que describen. No matter where you go, or how many books you read, you still know nothing, you haven’t seen anything. And that’s life. We live our lives trying to find our way.”

I don’t think it really matters whether you know a lot about books or not. That said, I don’t know that much myself. But I think what matters far more with a book is how it affects you.” The book is separated into 2 parts. The first part focuses on the main character, Takako, and her life working at the bookshop, which I found very charming and cute. If you’re a bookworm and a bibliophile, this part will definitely resonate with you! The second part focuses on the Takako’s relationships with others. This part was more emotional. I enjoyed both parts because they each offered something different.

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Exacto! En el barrio de Jimbocho, considerada como la ciudad de los libros más grande del mundo🤩. Es más, su nombre ya lo dice todo: "Podemos seguir así todo el día"! Así que, imagínate un libro ambientado en este barrio, que habla de libros y que además pasa en una librería ! Vamos, si esto ya no es tentar al publico, que venga santa Cachucha y nos lo explique...🤭 Both parts of Yagisawa’s tale are beautifully but procedurally sketched – romanticism but without the sturm und drang. Y es que… ¿quién no ha sido Tatako en algún momento de su vida? ¿Quién no ha necesitado frenar en seco para tomar impulso? ¿Quién no se ha dado cuenta de que ha construido una vida de espaldas a sus raíces? ¿Quién no sueña con una época dedicada solamente a escucharse a sí mismo, a emprender un nuevo rumbo, a recargar las pilas? The little moments that are supposed to create incisive meaning, upon closer examination, more resemble semi-meaningful glances and vaguely suggestive dialogue.

Nada más lejos de la realidad: entre sus páginas he hallado una trama lineal, sumamente básica y carente de descripción alguna, dotada de personajes planos, sin carácter definido y sumamente incoherentes (mención especial a la protagonista que no puede ser más repelente). La trama, aparte de previsible, en muchas ocasiones pierde el sentido, fuerza relaciones y sentimientos que no traspasan las páginas y no convencen en absoluto al lector. It's only in secondhand books that you can savor encounters like this, connections that transcend time. And that's how I learned to love the secondhand bookstore that handled these books, our Morisaki Bookshop. I realized how precious a chance I'd been given, to be a part of that little place, where you can feel the quiet flow of time. Since this is a book about books, I have to share a quote I loved about the magic of secondhand books. Takako ponders, “I happened to find a pressed flower someone had left as a bookmark. As I inhaled the scent of the long-ago-faded flower, I wondered about the person who had put it there. Who in the world was she? When did she live? What was she feeling? It’s only in secondhand books that you can savor encounters like this, connections that transcend time” (pg. 37). I couldn’t agree more! The protagonist, Takako, is a young woman who has been betrayed by her boyfriend. Seeking comfort and refuge, she turns to her uncle, Satoru, who owns a charming secondhand bookshop. The shop is a place of solace and contemplation, filled with books that offer a respite from the outside world.Yagisawa’s prose is clean and direct even as he describes the Morisaki Bookshop and the city that surrounds it with extraordinary care and detail. The characters are also compelling, but it is really the setting and the atmosphere that stand out in this novel. Readers will want to linger in this world. They will want more when this concise tale ends." — Booklist I just can't coherently begin to explain why I loved this so much. I have a jumble of feelings about the story, which is just a lovely trip through the lives of our characters, following the seasons changing over a couple of years and how they change with it. I have been wanting to read this book for what feels like an eternity (bloody book buying bans 😭) so thank goodness I finally gave in and bought it. I absolutely love books about books. This was such an easy and enjoyable read, it is definitely not plot-driven by any means but getting to know these characters was a true delight. There is strong themes of family and love, and whilst there is romance, this is not the focus of the storyline. The characters are charming, I really enjoyed the main character Takako and seeing her fall in love with reading and books. Momoki was an interesting character and I thought the book was going to take a darker turn but it was clear after all she had been affected by how her personality had evolved. I thought that the Tokyo setting was very immersive too. This book is like a warm hug on a biting winter day. It’s comforting, it’s cosy, it’s safe. It gives you a place to shelter from the world which, coincidentally, is exactly what the protagonist is doing.

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