Before the Coffee Gets Cold
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café 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.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of th ...more
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The blurb is very accurate, so I won’t get into details. However, nothing in it to keep my interest. The characters are like puppets, their dialogues disjointed, the actions artificial.
The time travel part is more of a disguise here, I wouldn’t classify it in ...more
No question this is as good as everyone keeps saying. Absolutely beautifully simply written, incredibly unique especially on such an over used idea like time travel, absolutely tragic but also incredibly happy and dealing with some tough subjects almost everyone can empathize with, honestly one of the few books I can call INSPIRING.
Absolutely loved this wow
This story left me slightly overwhelmed. This was such a character-driven story with so much heart and puts you in the shoes of those characters and you become connected to their ...more
This was a case of love at first sight. I had no idea what this book was about. I only read the first line in the synopsis and then I randomly got it. Time travel is such a fascinating subject to me. In this book it was done in such a unique, heartwarming, and a really touching way. It’s a book that made me both happy and sad. It put such a sad smile on my face.
A Cafe that gives you an opportunity to time-travel, if given the chance who would you like to meet? With a set of rules that ...more
The underlying messaging that grated on me
To kick off in respect to my last sentence I mean the following:
The first story feels so old fashioned, with a girl crying over being left by a guy and this just continues. I mean the geek boyfriend of a stunningly beautiful girl gets a job in the US (with a game st ...more
#1. The only people you can meet are those who’ve visited the cafe ...more
While this book is sl ...more
On the surface it looks great, but when you start it up... oh dear. At best the poor thing limps along well under the speed limit, an ominous cacophony of clunking sounds and grinding noises issuing from under the hood.
I was expecting much more as this is a book that has a lot of fans.
I can see why - the central concept is a nice one, and the stories are cute, in a way that is quite charmingly Japanese. In an o ...more
This book is amazing! That's all I can really say. I instantly was transported to this little cafe and absorbed in the different characters and their lives. The stories (four that are interconn ...more
I enjoyed the characters in the novel and how you learned their back stories through the stories of others.
I have a review of this book from the publisher in NetGalley, where it says it doesn't come out until November. But I see the book reviewed a lot and on sale various places so who can tell.
I think if I hadn't recently read The Midnight Library, this would have got a higher rating. They share similar themes of regret and redemption but while Matt Haig's book managed to move me to tears, this just left me feeling a little lacking in anything.
The Funiculi Funicula cafe gives its patrons the ability to travel back in time. However, there are rules. You must sit in one particular seat and not move from it (normally occupied by a rather grumpy ghost), nothing that you do in ...more
I don't cry often, especially when reading. But this book, Goddamnit...
Before the Coffee Gets Cold is on the quieter side — not a lot of things happen, but the time-traveling element links every little story together.
This is one of the most humane novels I’ve read in a while. It explores identity, love ( ...more
I have always enjoyed the fantasy of time travel and the temporal anomalies associated with it.
In these four stories, linked throughout by familiar characters, we learn author Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s gentle thoughts on the subject. This isn’t so much science fiction as interpretation of the human heart.
He has created a basement café where time seems to have little influence. Three clocks adorn the wall and only one appears to show the correct time. N ...more
I loved this book so much. It made me emotional at some point and I even cried. It has been such a bittersweet story about learning to accept the situation one finds him/herself in and by changing their attitude and their reaction to it making things right or as right as they can be.
I really enjoyed all the stories in this little book. The first one probably wasn't my favorite, but the rest three were so touching and heartwarming that I couldn't help loving the book, although in the first cha ...more
Before the Coffee Gets Cold takes us to one such cafe, with its rich and lush history, a mysterious ambience that has been maintained through generations, and a quirky rumour that is apparently very much true.
The concept of time travel has been used repeatedly in books, but what makes this one different is the lesson it leaves behind. We meet four different ...more
There is a message to the four stories but it takes a lot of sticking with to find and appreciate it!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold was initially penned as a stage play and consists of four stories that take place in a basement café in Tokyo called Funiculi Funicula that, thanks to a magazine article discussing its potential for time travel, has become something of an urban legend. The rules however are very onerous with the biggest sticking point t ...more
I’ve been in a run of really amazing books recently and because of this I’m reading more than ever. You know that phrase ‘sleep breeds sleep’? Well I think ‘reading breeds reading’ the more you do it the more you want to do it (and even more so when the books are THIS good).
Before the Coffee Gets Cold is one of those books that makes me so glad I’m a reader. Perfectly formed, bittersweet, touching, hopeful and whimsical all at the same time. The setting of t ...more
As one would expect, there are rules:
1. The only people you can meet are those who have visited the cafe.
2. There is nothing you can do to change the present.
3. There's only one seat that allows you to go back in time ...more
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