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A rather unusual book, it elicited a stimulating discussion at my reading group last week. The convenience store woman of the title is year-old Keiko Furukawa. Then she meets another convenience store worker, the also, but differently, nonconformist Shiraha, and she thinks she can solve both their problems by having him move in with her. Now, for those of you who remember my recent discussion of first person voices , Convenience store woman is a perfect example of an effective use of first person. The main theme is the push for conformity, the push to follow the expected narrative of a life, but our narrator, Keiko, is not, for whatever reason, able or willing to conform.

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Convenience Store Woman: A Novel

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Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! Follow Author. People who don't fit into the village are expelled: men who don't hunt, women who don't give birth to children.

For all we talk about modern society and individualism, anyone who doesn't try to fit in can expect to be meddled with, coerced, and ultimately banished from the village.

Anyone who is lacking is disposed of. I found that arrogant and infuriating, not to mention a pain in the neck. Sometimes I even wanted to hit them with a shovel to shut them up, like I did that time in elementary school. Just as all the water that was in my body last time we met has now been replaced with new water, the things that make up me have changed too. I see a wariness or a fear of being contradicted or sometimes a belligerent spark ready to jump on any attack.

I am currently made up of 30 percent Mrs. Izumi, 30 percent Sugawara, 20 percent the manager, and the rest absorbed from past colleagues such as Sasaki, who left six months ago, and Okasaki, who was our supervisor until a year 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.

After 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.

Once we donned our uniforms, we were all equals regardless of gender, age, or nationality— all simply store workers. That pristine aquarium is still operating like clockwork. As I visualize the scene, the sounds of the store reverberate in my eardrums and lull me to sleep. I find this fascinating, and I like to look them in the face when they do this to me.

And as i do so I always think: that's what a human is. If I went along with the manager when he was annoyed or joined in the general irritation at someone skiving off the night shift, there was a strange sense of solidarity as everyone seemed pleased that I was angry too. His argument was falling apart I thought.

Maybe people who thought they were being violated felt a bit better when they attacked other people in the same way.

The threatening atmosphere that had briefly permeated the store was swept away, and the customers again concentrated on buying their coffee and pastries as if nothing had happened. For her, normality—however messy—is far more comprehensible. I have become a functioning part of the world, rotating in the time of day called morning. Anyone not needed in the village is persecuted and shunned. And if they're unaware of being condescending, their glazed-over eyeballs are steeped in a fluid mix of ecstasy and a sense of superiority.

Any change, whether good or bad, would be better than the state of impasse I was in now. All Quotes Add A Quote. Books by Sayaka Murata. A Clean Marriage 21 ratings. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Sayaka Murata, Convenience store woman (#BookReview)

In our dark late-capitalist hypnosis, convenience might carry a whiff of moral virtue. It suggests thrift, accommodation, helpfulness. You may not even notice the convenience-store worker until she is in front of you, enthusiastically bagging your purchases. The book centers on a thirty-six-year-old woman named Keiko Furukura, an oddball who is endlessly puzzled by human behavior.

Deya Bhattacharya. K eiko Furukura is a creature of mystery, not just for her readers but also for herself. She is 36 years old, unambitious and a convenience store worker whose life has remained stagnant for 18 years.

Leo Lewis. She is straight-backed, speaks with a sing-song cadence and is dressed in the prim blouse and cardigan of an off-duty Mary Poppins. Just to her right, where a pair of aunt-types are taking afternoon tea, there is a faint wince. To her left, the chatter between two businesswomen trails off. Our waiter, hovering nearby, takes a half step backwards.

Sayaka Murata’s Eerie “Convenience Store Woman” Is a Love Story Between a Misfit and a Store

Keiko is 36 years old. Keiko is a little different from everyone else, but she desires to conform to the norm and be like everyone else. Working in the convenience store allows her to do that. However, that was 18 years ago. Keiko is running out of excuses and if she wants to be normal, she will have to adapt to these expectations and, perhaps, even sacrifice her beloved convenience store. To summarise very very briefly , Convenience Store Woman is a love story between a misfit oddball and a convenience store. But it is also a lot more than that. It asks the question of what does being normal really mean?

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! Follow Author. People who don't fit into the village are expelled: men who don't hunt, women who don't give birth to children.

Quirky character…Japanese culture…finding your niche……conformity…. While at university, Keiko begins a job at a local convenience store.

By Sayaka Murata. Keiko, a defiantly oddball year-old woman, has worked in a dead-end job as a convenience store cashier in Tokyo for half her life. She lives alone and has never been in a romantic relationship, or even had sex. And she is perfectly happy with all of it … Written in plain-spoken prose, the slim volume focuses on a character who in many ways personifies a demographic panic in Japan.

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This might not per se be a sad book, sometimes it can be very funny and comical even, yet some parts made me sad. I am seen, shook, gooped and gagged. It talks about a young woman that does not fit in with the society, until she finds a job as a convenience store worker and that becomes her life.

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Realities Taught To Us By Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman

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Sep 29, - Memorable quotes from Sayaka Murata's book. Convenience Store Woman. Convenience Store Woman Book Review_Quote on society.

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