Before the coffee gets cold - Toshikuzu Kawaguchi



Every time I went to Waterstones I kept coming back to this book. On first glance it's kind of an ugly cover and it is really tiny in real life so I was initially put off. But for some reason I kept coming back to it until I thought fuck it just buy it.


The book is translated from it's original Japanese edition. I have just started it and i think it's kind of bizarre and a weird concept. You can go back in time and talk to who you want....have that last conversation you wish you could go back and change. All those time you replay in your head 'if only i said this or that', well now there's a chance for you to do just that. the only crux is that the outcome wouldn't change the present. Nothing you said or do would change your reality. Would you still go back? i can say for me it would be a 100% yes. Luckily i guess for me, nothing that serious would ride on a moment i would go back to. Asking questions you forgot too in breakup's, yelling that killer come back in an argument that you only thought of later in the shower when replaying it over and over. But for some people, as the book explores, the chance to time travel when more is at stake - would you?


The book covers a few scenarios, confronting ex-boyfriends, receiving 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. The novel covers the heart wrenching notion of lost opportunity, unsaid words and reclaiming your past.


i'm really excited to finish this book, sooner the better! hopefully before my coffee gets cold ;)

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