- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (4 Aug. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846276004
- ISBN-13: 978-1846276002
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Nakano Thrift Shop Paperback – 4 Aug 2016
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'Subtle, graceful, wise, and threaded on a quirky humour, this exploration of the connections and disconnections between people kept me smiling long after the last page' -- Julia Rochester
'One for the holiday suitcase' -- Vogue
'Charming' -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist
'The Nakano Thrift Shop is really a love story, albeit a very offbeat one... A gentle book, full of charm [and] radiating leftfield charisma'
'The delightful nature of the story comes from the magic of the ordinary and the everyday goings on in the shop owned by the enigmatic Mr Nakano.' -- i paper
'The ever-readable, ebulliently-imaginative Japanese novelist burst the four small walls of Nakano-san's bric-a-brac shop with this tale of unusual, unrelated but inextricably intertwined characters.' -- Monocle magazine
'A novel about identity, loneliness and about non-conformism. With Kawakami's writing raising questions about sex and identity it is no surprise that her novels are so popular in structured, and often formal, Japan. This is a great novel and a highly accessible introduction to Japanese fiction.' -- Words Shortlist blog
'Kawakami is one of Japan's most popular contemporary novelists and, thanks to Allison Mark Powell's translation, we get to enjoy this meanderings and innocent novel... A tenderly handled mystery and a fractured love story. Delightful' -- Press Association
'Highly enjoyable and surprisingly accessible. Significant praise should be given to Allison Markin Powell's excellent work in translating the book' -- Sleepless Editor blog
'Written in quietly understated prose infused with a gentle humour, Kawakami's novel is an absolute delight. The four principle characters are wonderfully drawn - eccentric, idiosyncratic and thoroughly engaging. [...] I loved it - a welcome antidote to the twenty-four-hour misery cycle that is our news at the moment, and a reminder that joy can be found in the most prosaic of lives.' -- A Life in Books blog
'Hitomi takes in her town's characters and dramas - and finds love - from behind the cash register.' -- Grazia
'A charming read from the bestselling Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami' --Good Housekeeping
About the Author
Born in 1959 in Tokyo, HIROMI KAWAKAMI is one of Japan's most popular contemporary novelists, and was awarded the Akutagawa Prize in 1996. Her novel Strange Weather in Tokyo was shortlisted for both the Man Asia Literary Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and has been translated into thirteen languages.
ALLISON MARKIN POWELL is a literary translator and editor in New York City. Her translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Kanako Nishi, and she was the guest editor for the first Japan issue of Words Without Borders. She maintains the database, Japanese Literature in English, at http://www.japaneseliteratureinenglish.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Without going into the plot details, for the whole length of the book we are most of the time in the thrift shop of the title, run by Mr Nakano. Never boring, never slow, never repetitive. More difficult to achieve than it seems. Two of his employees are young people (one of which is our female narrator) and the last central character is Mr Nakano' sister. All the little wonderful, superbly simple yet deeply complex tales of people and their mysteries will spin out of this place.
I don't remember now that much about this title, but Ernst Lubitsch's film "The Shop around the Corner" suddenly came back to me when I was reading "The Nakano Thrift Shop". Something about the humour, the compassion and the stubbornness of characters trying to find and reach each other. In the case of this book, a thrift shop is such a perfect set-up for the unfolding of story. There is not even the need to move the characters out of the receptacle of the shop. Objects arrive to the shop, and then they leave the shop. People -with their own private stories- bring or buy those objects. Objects, ultimately, cause story, push story, motivate story. They arrive to Mr Nakano's shop full of little narratives, carrying stories within them and intersecting in strange ways. They are a bit like the silent characters in the book.Read more ›
To me the main line was - don't miss your chance to say important words to people you love. Life goes quickly. In one of the character's words: "I missed the chance to tell him he was the love of my life". It also stroke me how lonely people were, like the man in the shop who's closest friend was a dog he loved since childhood and lost several years ago.
really interesting characters throughout the book, gentle beautifully observed story, only wish it had been longer and that Hiromi Kawakami would produce work more quickly !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
You really fall in love with the characters and you don't know why. Beautiful book. A more accomplished work than "Strange weather in Tokyo".Published 1 day ago by Max B.
This is a deceptively simple book where each chapter is headed by a simple item, a bowl, a letter opener, a bus, but each is like a still-life where the simplicity of the scene is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Reader
'The Nakano Thrift Shop' is another delightful offering from the author of 'Strange Weather in Tokyo'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diogenes
It arrived earlier than expected in perfect condition. This is a very easy to read, light-hearted book, so it's great after a hard day at work when your head is incapable of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janet K. Andrew