Convenience Store Woman
She found sanctuary in a supermarket. Now she's about to lose it.
Keiko isn't normal. At school and university, people find her odd, and her family worries she will never fit in. To make them happy, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store where she finds peace and purpose in simple daily tasks.
But in Keiko's circle it just won't do for a...more
This book is a GEM!!!!! Awe-inspiring writing — irresistible—and weirdly outlandish!
My gosh...I had the best laugh when I discovered that ‘our author’ —-one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers—[I AGREE,I AGREE] —‘really’ works as a part time employee in a convenience store. Talk about material for inspira ...more
Keiko is 36 and she has been working part-time in a convenience store in Tokyo for 18 years. She’s an excellent worker – a dream employee who loves her job – so much so that she even comes in on occasion, unpaid on her time off, to help out. She can’t even help herself from straightening things out in other stores she doesn’t even work in.
Keiko has a ...more
I feel like there’s a good novel somewhere in Convenience Store Woman but Sayaka Murata didn’t realise it. Her commentary on conformist society and the individual is inane and unoriginal though far worse is her muddled placement of the main charact ...more
Keiko was always a little different in her parents’ eyes. When she went to college, she got a job at a local convenience store. She tried her best to fit in by copying the other employees there, from their clothing to their mannerisms. Life passes by, and many years later, Keiko is still working at the convenience store. No one around Keiko is comfortable with her choice to stay there, but she is content...until she tries her best to change. ...more
“The voice of the convenience store won’t stop flowing through me. I was born to hear this voice.”Offbeat, perky, 36-year-old-virgin Keiko Furukura, a checkout counter gal, has been working at Tokyo's Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart convenience store since she was eighteen. To her family, Keiko was rather a peculiar girl, undeniably an oddball ever since she was a small child. Because her family loves her so much, they wanted to "cure" her and introduce some kind of "normality" in her life. We ...more
I don’t know about you, but I never think about convenience stores. (Except, wait, right now I’m thinking about the fact that 7-11s don’t have bathrooms. How is that convenient I want to know.) Convenience stores are all Cheetos and lottery tickets, in and out in a matter of minutes. Hit the road, jack, head on out to your next stop.
Well, when you read this book, the convenience store is front and center. The customers hit the road lickety-split, ...more
The Bob Dylan song ‘You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody’ comes to mind when reading this deceptively simple story. In fact, like Dylan’s lyrics, it is a highly sophisticated commentary on the need for human beings to belong to a social group, to have a role, and what happens - good and bad - when they do.
Miss Furukura is acutely aware of the details of human behaviour and speech but she has no emotional reaction to what she experiences. She must learn to fit in by copying ...more
For the most part, I felt the same way about it. This is a slim book, with a simple premise: 36-year old Keiko Furukura is a convenience store worker and has been for the last 18 years. She doesn’t have a serious relationship (nor has she ever had one) and she has only a few friends. It appears her life has not progressed over the last several years. She is whole-hearte ...more
An odd little book with quite eccentric characters
Keiko is the quirky protagonist and she decides that working in a convenience store is both satisfying and provides her with a sense of belonging. She feels very "connected" to the store and its routines and mundane tasks. She doesn't mind this, she thrives and enjoys her job and is a hard worker.
Her family constantly worries that she is "not normal." Society has certain "expectations" and she has chosen not to comply. There ...more
Deep in the gleaming new business district of Hiiromachi, a Tokyo suburb, is a convenience store. In this clean, controlled and brightly lit world we meet Keiko Furukura.
She has worked here, part time, for 18 years and her life is defined by her work.
Keiko lives for the routine of the store and the comfort of familiarity. She relishes the idea of being a ‘useable too ...more
Although she’s perfectly content with her life and with the daily routine of her job as a store worker, people in her little social circle find her odd and put pressure on her to become more ‘acceptable’ by finding a decent job and by getting married.
Keiko realizes she’s considered a ‘foreign object’, bu ...more
Anyone who's ever gone shopping for groceries must have a thing or two to rant about employees. You're late, but still need to nip in to buy that little something before getting to work, yet the shop assistant is taking his/her sweet time chatting about that totally hilarious (you had to be there!) story.
Not Keiko Furukura! After 18 years, she's so well attuned to the sounds of the convenience store, that she can react even to the slightest change ...more
Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman immediately immerses the reader into the world of the Japanese convenience store, what it stocks, the quirks of its patrons and its idiosyncratic rhythm. We also quickly learn that for our protagonist, Keiko Furukura, this is the only world that makes sense ...more
“The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of.”
Convenience Store Woman tells the store of Keiko Furukura, a 36 year-old woman who has worked in a convenience store for half of her life. While her family and friends go to university, get married, have children and do what is viewed by society as 'normal,' Keiko follows her own routine. She works passionately for a convenience store, following the employee manual, ...more
The story follows Keiko Furukura, a 36-year-old, part-time convenience store employee. The people in her life have always thought she is a little odd, and yet they are perplexed by her seeming inability to move beyond what is seen as a temporary life stage. Keiko, on the other hand, doesn't know why anyone should care that she ...more
What a strange and quirky little book this is! This is a kind of Japanese version of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I love to read contemporary books set in different cultures and this is one, set in Tokyo, is ideal! Can I just say, American convenience stores have a long way to go to live up to Japanese stores in terms of cleanliness, well-trained and friendly staff, etc etc!!
Keiko Furukura is hopelessly out-of-step with societal expectations of women. In a culture that values c ...more
Originally written in Japanese, Convenience Store Woman on the surface is a story about Keiko Furukura, a woman whose own parents labeled "a strange child." Slow to develop, Keiko's parents were worried about her ability to "fit in" and be a "normal" adult. They wish for Keiko to have a "real job" and a boyfriend. However, Keiko loves her job at the convenience store and her only wor ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It comes out 12 June, 2018.
And more than a bit baffling...
These past two weeks I’d been asked fourteen times why I wasn’t married. And twelve times why I was still working part-time.
The characters and plot
We follow Keiko Furukura, who already works since being a student as a part time convenience store worker.
I feel the parts where the main character reflects on how “weird” she thinks or reacts are a bit ...more
Odd, fascinating, funny, sad....trying to sum this one is difficult. A short story that I listened to via audio, which took about 3 hours in total. I'm not sure how I heard about this one but ended up grabbing it for my Japanese reading quest I have this year.
Keiko works in a Japanese convenience store. She's a bit odd. She's smart, but it sometimes appears she has issues functioning in society. But she thrives while working at the convenience store. She gets a job there and stays for ...more
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