Let’s start this with a question? What would you do if you were given an opportunity to time travel, past or future? Would you mend something that you wish had not happened, or would you want to meet someone you lost in the journey of your life? Or would you choose to see what the future holds for you?
I am sure most of you must have already started thinking about what you would do and trust me when I picked up this book and read its blurb, I was also excited and got thinking as to what I would do. Revisit the past or see the future.
The reason I picked this book is because it’s by a Japanese author, Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Earlier I was stuck to books based in Afghan or Arab countries, and then I moved on to read some Indian Authors (not the sloppy IIT/IIM boy met girl love stories which saw a spike in the market thanks to Chetan Bhagat). Now I am reading books by authors from around the globe, Korean, Japanese, Dominic Republic, Chinese and more. The reason being, I get an insight into their culture and lifestyle along with a good story to read. I feel each region also comes with its own style of storytelling, unboxing something new about their culture, making it an interesting read for me. I choose my books after a lot of review reading and hence, I too like to leave my own reviews after I have finished a book. You can read my book reviews here on my blog or visit my Goodreads page here.
Now, talking about the book, lets first look at the Blurb.
Blurb: The book Before the coffee gets cold is about a hundred-year-old underground café in Tokyo, Japan which, apart from serving its customers coffee, can also teleport them into the past or future. Yes, but this is not so easy as it sounds. To do so, there are some rules to be followed and one of the rules is the title of the book.
The story is about the 4 visitors who come to the café and wish to time travel. One wants to confront a lover while other wants to receive something from her husband whose memory is dwindling due to Alzheimer’s. One wants to meet her sister and other wants to meet her future daughter. All these visitors have some story to say before they travel back in past or future.
But the experience is not easy to attain. Though the café was popular for its ability to teleport, many people chose not to do so because of the many conditions that were to be followed and you cannot faulter with them. However, the 4 visitors take their chance and time travel.
Review: The author has written this story as if it’s a stage play with only one set location, the coffee shop and few characters coming in and out of the café. The 4 stories of the visitors have been interwoven beautifully to share their individual story yet making it a part of the big picture and also sharing some interesting life lessons after they time travel. My favorite line from the book is “At the end of the day, whether one returns to the past or travels to the future, the present doesn’t change.”
Somewhere some lines are repetitive and in between I found the book to be a bit slow paced and was eager to know what happens next. The book is like a play written in a book format with everything happening inside the café with the limited characters and dialogues.
The book is a light and a quick read. Don’t expect something wow to come out of it. It’s a feel-good book with something to take away from the 4 characters experience after they time travelled.
And yes, don’t forget to get your cup of coffee before you sit to read this book. Who knows where you may be after you finish reading it.
This book gets 3.5 stars.
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