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The Ten Loves of Nishino

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,295 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Following The Nakano Thrift Shop, Hiromi Kawakami's breakout success, comes a new novel full of charm, subtlety, and style by an author whose readership in Japan numbers in the millions.

Each woman in this book has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who managed to glide so naturally into their lives. But who really
Paperback, US edition, 240 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Europa Editions (first published 2003)
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Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Ten Loves Of Nishino is a book in which each chapter is narrated by a different woman from a man named Nishino’s past. Having recently read and enjoyed Hiromi Kawakami's other book, The Nakano Thrift Shop, I was very intrigued to read this book.

Ten pages into it, I thought to myself that reading this felt very familiar and cozy, and I had to look up who translated it because I was certain it had to be the same translator as The Nakano Thrift Shop, and sure enough it was. I have to say, I
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the style of this book a lot! Biographical, in a way - one man's entire life is told from the point of view of other people he meets. We never really hear his perspective, his point of view, but we do come to understand his motives, family and story through the words of others. We learn about his childhood, his teenage and adolescent years, his work, his family, his friends, the places he lives and even his death and what comes after. Its a great idea.

Whilst I enjoyed this read, I have
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked Kawakami's "Strange Weather in Tokyo" aka "The Briefcase", but this latest offering has some shortcomings. The main one being that it is split into a POV of 10 women. This excessive number means that one is not really able to dive deeply into each character; which then leads to the bigger problem of the reader being unable to figure out why all these women, of all stripes and ages, sort of obsess over an extremely unlikeable, wishy-washy kind of guy with hardly any positive attributes as ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always say the best books inspire me to write, and that’s the case with this latest novel by Hiromi Kawakami.

I’d thought nothing would beat Strange Weather in Tokyo as my personal favorite of her books, but this nearly takes the cake. It’s affecting and all the characters seem so thoughtfully laid out, with Mr Nishino as a very memorable character. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and love the little observations that made me ponder the meaning of love through the lenses of these peple.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, read-2019
The novel has 10 chapters, each is told by a female character involved with Yukihiko Nishino at some point in his life. These stories portray Nishino as handsome, tidy, smooth talking, courteous, polite, and understanding of women, in essence a womanizer. Women fell for him even with the cliché compliments he gave them, which they told themselves they wouldn’t fall for but they did, due to some mysterious aura emitted from him.

Nishino’s relationships recounted thru the ten women seemed very
Rita Sophie
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should really write this in Romanian, but... Well...
I read this during a peaceful Saturday....when I didn't want to do anything but... reading this book. It's my first reading of Hiromi Kawakami and I have to admit: I'm hooked. Need to go shopping for more! I loved her women. So strong! I wish I were as strong as her women! (sorry, personal note here).
Then I thought of something else. What if her women were to meet Murakami's men... Hm... not sure it would work... But still, that's a nice
3.5 stars

Well-structured, layered, and wistful, this is perhaps just a bit too subtle for its own good. I still greatly enjoyed it though, read it all in one sitting, and have found myself thinking of Nishino and his "loves" throughout the day. A must for Kawakami fans.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally when there’s a story about a prodigious male lover, us readers tend to see things from the his point of view. Hiromi Kawakami does things differently and presents ten tales from ten women who dated the person.

The lover in question is Yukihiko (and his name is revealed in the third story) Nishino. That’s all I’m going to say about him. Each of the women who went out with him drop little details about his life and by the end of the book we get a full picture of this man and why he is so
Nehrlisa Behrmann
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino is the life story of Yukihiko Nishino told from the perspective of the women he had “loved” throughout his life. We, the readers, get to learn about him through the relationships he’d had with them. This novel is slow going but very beautiful. Definitely will be reading more by this author.
The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino. I was not one of them.
Saturday's Child
I was pleased to find this in a neighbourhood library as I have enjoyed reading other novels by Hiromi.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 3.5- quite a bit to mull on this book
Sayantoni Das
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ten Loves Of Mr Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami is the story about Yukihiko Nishino and his overbearing sense of love. His capability of love is undeniably easy but falling in love and being in love are two very different things that we are ought to understand.

Narrated by ten women through ten chapters, we are presented a saga of Mr. Nishino's strange life concluding to the very reason why he is, the way he is. But it is not just Mr. Nishino who is in the spotlight. All the other women have had
Dec 23, 2019 added it
I’m pretty sure at this point that I’m also in love with Nishino.
Sam Still Reading
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Japanese fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: liked The Nakano Thrift Shop
As many readers of my blog will know, I have a deep love and affection for Japanese fiction. It seems to be on the whole both calmer and stranger than fiction originally written in English and deal with people’s quirks more lovingly. The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino is filled with that calmness, yet is rich in detail and atmosphere. It packs a punch for its 195 pages.

The plot of The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino is simple – Mr Nishino’s lovers (all women) talk about their love affair with him. The stories
Andreas Clarence
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was captivating read. The author's voice grabbed me from page 1 and didn't let go. I don't know what else to call Kawakami's characters (and Powell's translation of them) but real; as full bodied and fleshed out as they are flawed, complex and different from each other. Each short story is told from the perspective of a different "lover" of the titular Nishino, each knew him at different ages from his life, spanning elementary school to his final moments postmortem, but we don't ...more
Jared Gulian
I didn't finish this book. I absolutely loved Kawakami's quirky novel 'Strange Weather in Tokyo,' so why did I quit this one? Well... (I quit after 25% so take my two-star rating with that in mind. Maybe the last 75% was AMAZING. I doubt it.)

The first chapter was magical. It had a lot of the same sympathetic humanness I liked in 'Strange Weather'--where imperfect, offbeat people struggle to connect and, in spite of rigid social structures, sometimes succeed. The second chapter had that too, but
We got to know Nishino through the eyes of ten women who he claimed to fall in love with. Yet, I feel that the views are from a single character. At one point, I didn't matter whether it was Manami or Kaneko or Sayuri as the voice is the same. It looks like Nishino has this tendency to be attracted to women who are afraid of intimacy, rejecting commitment, confused and just floating along.

In a way, that's Nishino too.

The novel offers explanation or trying to justify Nishino's complicated
Rebecca H.
This is sort of a novel, sort of a collection of closely-linked stories, held together by the mysterious figure of Nishino who appears in each chapter. It tells the stories of ten women who have fallen in love with Nishino, or at least were involved romantically or sexually with him at some point in their lives. We get brief but telling glimpses into their lives and into the life of Nishino, glimpses that slowly build into a complex portrait of one man and the women he knew. It’s the kind of ...more
Kelly Furniss
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story of the ten women who become romantically involved with Mr Nishino through his life.
I liked how the author portrayed them all very differently, however all were strong and many consciously trying not to fall in love. We learn a lot about Mr Nishino through the ladies and their thoughts as they try to work him out, he's a bit quirky and different and just naturally women seem to fall for his charm but as time moves on we learn more about his upbringing which has had a
This was a great concept for a collection of short stories that were all related to the same person. It was fascinating to read all of the different relationships with Nishino. I cannot pick a favorite.

Nishino sounds like a really interesting person if nothing else. I can see why so many people were drawn to him.

My copy was provided by NetGalley for review.
Alina Maria Ciobanu
Interesting book, building the main character, Nishino, through the eyes of ten women with whom he has crossed paths, one way or another, in different stages of his life.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like it as much as the other Kawakami books I've read, but I think it's mostly because I feel zero interest in Nishino to begin with and he's obviously the focal point of the novel. That is, we learn about the women he's loved and what sort of people they are, but they're always presented to us in how they relate to him. In a way, Nishino is pretty much a mirror that distorts and reflects these women for us the readers, but at the same time that mirror does have its personality and I ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't until I had finished this that I realized it was by the same author as the fantastic Strange Weather in Tokyo. This one doesn't quite match that one. The framing device for the book is pretty interesting. It is ostensibly about Mr. Nishino -- but each of the 10 chapters is told from the point of view of one of the (many) women he had a relationship with. The idea is you never see or hear anything from Nishino's point of view but, through the reflected perceptions of others you get some ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Did he ever find a place for himself in this relentless world?’

I'm torn with this; I so wanted to enjoy it, but felt frustrated pretty much all of the way through. It opens as a ghost story, but any sense of that is dropped, as each chapter (in many ways each being its own short story) deals with various women who have loved or been loved by the eponymous Yukihiko Nishino. Whilst he remains a constant, we only see him through the eyes of the women, and so I never really got much of a grasp of
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Didn't realize I owned 5 of Kawakami's books. I've read 4 and so far I think this is the one I like the most. As for the book itself, it's a bit melancholic, has a very light touch of the surreal, yet there's something lacking in the overall construction. Give it a try if you're into Japanese novels, or quirky, open-ended stories.
Nick Fleming
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something comforting about spending Christmas with a friend. And whilst that may have coloured my view a smidge, Kawakami very much does her bit too. An excellent yet tantalising read
Ten women have all had a relationship with the enigmatic and seductive Yukihiko Nishino at various stages in his life. The perceptions of these women are given voice as they navigate their romantic relationships. Hiromi Kawakami explores love, what is it and is love truly possible? Is love separate from desire or inseparable?

Nishino is described by one woman as a "sweetheart swindler' yet she cannot stay away from him.

"I didn't love Nishino, I may not have even liked him."

Time and time again
John Armstrong
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese-modern
Ten linked stories of the beginnings, middles and ends of the relationships of ten different women with same man, Yukihiko Nishino. Each story is narrated in the first person by the woman in the relationship. The stories are linked most obviously in that they all have Nishino at their center, but beyond that several of the women are mentioned in the narratives of other women, and in several cases two of the women actually meet.

The narrators vary in age from 14 to mid-50’s, but most are in their
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino is a character study told through the main character's romantic entanglements. It's a well-written book (or at least, from my limited pov, it seems like it's been been properly translated from Japanese) but it's also freaking... quirky. And weird. So weird. And I love it for its weirdness. This is not a book you'll find in rec posts but give it a go anyway.
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Kawakami Hiromi (川上 弘美 Kawakami Hiromi) born April 1, 1958, is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction.

Born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980. She made her debut as "Yamada Hiromi" in NW-SF No. 16, edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko, in 1980 with the story So-shimoku ("Diptera"), and also helped edit some early issues of NW-SF in the 1970s. She