Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 22 June 2020 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
Location: At home!
We have selected for our next book club …
Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
What would you change if you could go back in time?
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.
Charmingly written and nimbly translated, Kawaguchi’s life-affirming tale of café-based time travel and symbolic hot beverages has all the hallmarks of a beloved cult classic. Poignant and gently funny, this book is a winning fable about regret and reclaiming lost opportunities.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafe’s time-travelling offer, in order to: 1) confront the man who left them, 2) receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, 3) to see their sister one last time, and 4) to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.
But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .
Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story – translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot – explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
We will be meeting virtually to talk about the book and we hope you will get the book and plan to join us.
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