Back again with another five sentence book review, this time for Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. It’s a book originally written & published in Japanese and translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori.
This book was a confusing read, and felt like a literary rollercoaster ride where I wanted to sometimes scream at the main character, and at other times scream at everyone else.
It felt like equal parts memoir, fiction, and ethnographic study, which would have been perfect had it not been so weird.
I found myself feeling utterly conflicted and as time went on, I went from enjoying the book, to essentially hate-reading it.
I don’t know if it’s cultural differences, but I found some of the book to be frustratingly offensive, and while I think that was in some ways perhaps the point, it made it no less bearable.
I expected a lot of things from this book, and the only thing it delivered on was that it was a short & quick read.
If you’ve read this book, I’m curious to know what you thought of it! I picked it up and read it in a matter of hours and I’m now sitting here wondering what exactly I just experienced!