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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  53 reviews
- Half a million copies sold
- Winner of the Japan Booksellers Award voted for by the booksellers across Japan
- Convenience Store Woman with a fantasy twist, exploring mental health and anxiety issues in modern-day Japan.

Seven students are avoiding going to school, hiding in their darkened bedrooms, unable to face their family and friends, until the moment they discover a p
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 22nd 2021 by Doubleday (first published May 11th 2017)
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Anna Luce
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3 ½ stars

“The only place she could now go to freely from her bedroom was the castle. If I'm in the castle, she started to think, then I'll be safe. Only the castle beyond the mirror could offer her complete protection.”

Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a heartfelt slice of life novel with a magical twist. Personally, I don't think that this novel has much in common with Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman...while I understand that yes, they both are aut
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to say it: I fucking cried.

I just finished reading this book and I'm honestly at a loss of what to write. The ending hit me in the back of the head with no warning because it was NOT what I expected at all. Frick. I feel sad. It's honestly a beautiful way to end this story, but damn. Tsujimura, just. AAAAHH. The ending is so good. It's sooo good.

Basic premise is you have a first year middle schooler named Kokoro Anzai who, after her first month in school, is no longer capable of g
⭐ Mrs Pendragon⚡Hương Quỳnh ⭐
Update: 4.5 / 5
5 sao hơi quá hào phóng 1 chút

Tr ơi hay quá à 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 khóc luôn 😭 highly recommend nha
Plot twist thú vị, cảm động, ấm áp tình cảm lắm
Đoạn kết xuất sắc luôn á, ráng thức đọc cho xong nè
Tuần sau mình quay video rv nha :))
Trinh Trinh
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cái kết thật sự đẹp đến mức khiến người ta không cầm được nước mắt...

Mình từng thấy cuốn này đứng top một thời gian dài trên các trang sách online của Hàn, lúc đó nhìn bìa mình cứ tưởng là truyện kinh dị, nhưng thật không ngờ :((

Trong tim mỗi người luôn có một toà thành, một nơi để ta lẩn tránh hiện thực nghiệt ngã. Nhưng sâu thẳm trong ta luôn biết, toà thành đó sẽ có một ngày sụp đổ, và chúng ta buộc phải tự mình đứng lên bước tiếp. Nhưng không sao đâu, vì ký ức về những ngày tháng ấm áp trong
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estratto-k, mlol
Mlol è una cosa utilissima.

Peccato che questo libro abbia sempre attese lunghissime. L'ho beccato una volta in concomitanza con questioni che non potevo trascurare. Sono scaduti i 12 giorni...

Attenderò perché è molto intrigante e soprattutto non capisco dove vuole andare a parare (per me è come il croccantino per il gatto questa cosa!)
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia incredibile.

"Anche se fosse stato davvero irreale, avrebbe comunque preferito rimanere lì, in quel mondo ideale. Perché quello reale era per lei davvero insopportabile, un luogo dove non venivano tenuti in considerazione né i suoi pensieri né i suoi desideri."

All'inizio ho avuto qualche difficoltà ad immergermi nel libro perché pensavo che la parte predominante del libro sarebbe stata quella fantasy. Invece questa é solo il mezzo per parlare di un fenomeno che in Giappone, purtropp
I did not expect the ending! I have read reviews about this and heard that many people cried somewhere around the book and because at first that didn't happen to me I just thought I'm just super heartless. But as I progressed into the story and came to the plot twist I f*cking cried. I understood now.

It took me pretty long to finish this book (first "real" japanese book, without any translations to help me figure out the story) and I'm glad to have sticked with it. At some points you'll get the
3.5 stars.

It's a well-written story, but it just isn't what I had expected. I'd expected Gothic horror and murder mystery but in the end nothing has come of it.

I do like the writing and the social topics which the story has touched upon: bully issues in school, children who have difficulty going to school and communicating with people, etc. The magical realism is also well handled. I like how the magical Castle of Mirror the kids went to is in fact (view spoiler)
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sách-mua-2020
Đúng là cùng tác giả với "bình minh cuộc đời" nên câu chuyện cũng đi theo kiểu từ tăm tối đến tươi sáng. Nhìn bìa truyện tưởng truyện kinh dị nhưng đọc xong cảm thấy ấm áp thực sự. Mỗi nhân vật, sự việc tưởng chừng như không có gì liên quan lại liên quan đến nhau một cách mật thiết. Cái kết viên mãn nhưng mình vẫn muốn nhiều hơn thế cơ =)).

Đọc xong cuốn này thì chính thức xác nhận Tsujimura Mizuki sẽ là tác giả yêu thích của mình luôn á. Tuy mỗi cuốn nói lên một câu chuyện khác nhau, nhưng phon
Debora Mayfair
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tsujimura ha intessuto una trama ricca di nodi da sbrogliare, immersa nella realtà della cultura giapponese, colma di rimandi alle favole di quando eravamo bambini. Con naturalezza ci porta a fidarci di lei, di quello che Signora Lupo racconta ai ragazzi senza farci sospettare che in effetti, come la stessa bambina dice, non dovremmo fidarci di lei. Ognuno dei ragazzi richiamati all’interno del castello ha perso qualcosa, chi una parte di sè, chi l’innocenza, chi la voglia di lottare. La stessa ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a really long book. The longest book I've read in Japanese so far. But it was worth it.

It's one of the most popular books in Japan right now and I can understand why. The themes it blends of bullying, finding your place in the world, and a bit of fairy tale fantasy makes for a good blend.
The book is actually really different then what it leads you to believe at the beginning. It starts off with a troubled middle schooler named Kokoro who magically is transported to a different world th
Questo è uno di quei libri che avrei voluto leggere al momento giusto. Quando ero anche io una studentessa delle medie, quando il bullismo non era una cosa del passato ma una dolorosa realtà del presente.
In questo libro, si gioca proprio sul contrasto (molto sottile) tra la realtà e un mondo irreale, costituito da un castello invisibile dove una bambina-lupo comanda le regole del gioco.
Se all'inizio la storia sembra svolgersi interamente sul piano del fantastico, mano a mano che le pagine scor
Riya Reads
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Lonely Castle in the Mirror", what comes to your mind when you read this title?
This book will surprise you, its not what you'd expect.

It has themes of Magic Realism, Fairytales , juxtapositional with social issues like Bullying, loneliness, elementary and middle school related societal issues that might tug at your heart at times.

When I started the book I was compelled to re check the title of the book again as I felt its a Juvenile fiction and made me highly dubious if I should be READING IT
Chris Haak
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this is more of a young adult book than it is a book for adults. Almost everybody can relate to the things Tsujimura is writing about (bullying, stress, anxiety, etc) and remember what it was like in high school, but the way this book is written and the characters' voices will probably appeal more to young people. Tsjujimura is explaining things too much, even when they are pretty obvious, which I often found annoying. All in all, just an okay book for me.
Thank you Doubleday and Netglley
Romanzo lungo e per la maggior parte noioso, del quale l'unica parte che si salva è il finale, un finale "mindblowing" che ricongiunge tutti i pezzi del puzzle, sparpagliati tra le altre 400 pagine. Nonostante ciò, questo non giustifica la lettura di un libro bello lungo e molto noioso.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I painfully learned Japanese in college only to have the chance to read a book like this one. It's so different from what I am used to read in French or English. It's eerie, sad and beautiful, a kind of modern version of Alice in wonderland, expect it deals with particular issues like abuse, guilt and loneliness. And the cover is gorgeous, Japanese editions always have the most beautiful book design.

Kokoro (the heroine) quit middle school after being bullied. Suffering for social anxiety, she sp
Yasuo Itoh
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I probably never cried reading a book until this one. かがみの孤城 (English title: The Solitary Castle in the Mirror)
I could relate to the protagonist's struggles in this book and I wished that my reality also had a mirror like this.
When I was reading through the book, everything was predictable up to three quarters in. Then at the climax, everything came unexpectedly in a short amount of time, and after the problem was solved... New plot twist introduced.
At the epilogue, I was like, "WHOA NO WAY! HO
Nov 14, 2020 added it
At several points during my reading of Lonely Castle in the Mirror, I was reminded of that wonderful line from C.S Lewis’s letter to his god-daughter: “Someday, you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” Whilst YA readers will find much to appreciate in Mizuki Tsujimura’s exquisite novel, I suspect that its many riches will be even more resonant for those coming to it from a farther perspective. Part magical realism, part social allegory, this is a story that is both apposite fo ...more
4,5 stelline su 5
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Matteo Celeste
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kokoro Anzai è una ragazzina di prima media che non frequenta più la scuola. Da diverso tempo gli unici spazi che frequenta sono la sua stanza e gli altri ambienti di casa sua. Non ce la fa. Dopo quello che ha subìto ad opera di Sanada Miori e delle altre ragazzine che come oche giulive la accompagnano, non è più voluta andare a scuola per evitare di rivivere situazioni già vissute, per evitare di essere nuovamente soggetta ad atti di bullismo.
Un giorno, però, lo specchio della stanza di Kokoro
Maira Bakenova
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Seven children have been selected by the mysterious Wolf Queen to come to the castle in the mirror and search for the key to the Wishing Room. Any wish will be granted to the one who finds it… but there is something they don’t know yet – the wish fulfilment will come at a price.

I really loved the premise of this story, but I did find it hard to get into. For me, it was around page 87 when things started falling into place. The story explores that abuse can have many forms, giving rise to an
Chau Vu
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Một bất ngờ thú vị!

Sách viết về chủ đề tâm lý học đường, cụ thể là nạn bắt nạt tại trường học. Kokoro - nhân vật chính - không thể đến trường sau khi bị queen bee và đám lâu la ở lớp bắt nạt. Một ngày, cô bé phát hiện chiếc gương trong phòng mình có thể dẫn đến một lâu đài. Ở đây, cô gặp được 6 người bạn nữa. Chúng cũng không thể đi học bình thường như cô.

Khi đọc tên sách, lại thêm chủ đề bạo lực học đường, mình đã chuẩn bị tinh thần đón nhận một quyển sách rất rất u tối đây.

Nhưng sách đã làm
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kokoro, Fuka, Masamune, Subaru, Aki, Ureshino and Rion are truants who find themselves transported to a grand castle, like one would find in a fairy tale, via their own shining mirror. Upon arrival they are greeted by the Wolf Queen, a young well-dressed girl who can disappear as quickly as she appears and is never without her wolf mask. Why are they at the castle? The aim is simple, whoever finds the key to The Wishing Room will be given the chance to make a wish, but of course not everything i ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of Sayaka Murata, I had to reach for a book with THIS cover which mentions Convenience Store Woman as a reference point in the blurb.

I think my favorite thing about this book is the raw and honest look an anxiety as part of everyone's lives. This book explores what happens when seven teenagers too anxious to do anything find a portal which takes them to a different and better world. The author describes teenagers with severe anxiety, most importantly due to bullying at school, whic
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, translated
The Solitary Castle in the Mirror (2018) begins with first-year Kokoro who avoids going to middle school. Gradually we learn of the bullying that goes on and her parents' passivity and ignorance. One day when her parents are out, she is drawn to the mirror in her room as it begins to glow and ripple. Next thing she knows, she's inside a castle in the mirror world with six other middle schoolers, all in a game of 'finding the key to the make-a-wish-room.' But danger lurks: if someone overstays at ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nhân văn và một chiếc kết đẹp.
Một chiếc văn học Nhật không làm mình thất vọng tí nào dù văn Nhật lúc nào cũng đầy rẫy những suy nghĩ vô cùng tăm tối và cực đoan dù đối tượng là người lớn hay trẻ con đi chăng nữa. Nhưng đây là một quyển sách chữa lành một cái tâm hồn vô cùng tan hoang của mình khi bữa giờ toàn đọc những gì siêu tiêu cực khổng lồ :<
Mình thấu hiểu hết những gì xảy đến với nhân vật chính nên đây chắc là lí do một cuốn tiểu thuyết lấy hết trí tưởng tượng của mình bằng những sự việc v
Chantal Lyons
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Lonely Castle in the Mirror' is a book that rewards the patient.

Anyone who remembers experiencing isolation at school, or at least a sense of feeling profoundly different to classmates, will connect with protagonist Kokoro. When the mirror in her room becomes a portal to a castle and a quest, she's able to escape her prison-like reality. Still, this isn't a fantasy novel, and in a way it isn't magical realism either - the castle itself is very unmagical; the other children who find themselves
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Tsujimura is an award-winning novelist, she is best known for her mystery and children novels. She studied at Chiba University and won the Naoki Prize in 2012 for Kagi no nai Yume wo Miru (I Saw a Dream Without a Key), and in 2018 she won the Japan Booksellers' Award for her novel Kagami no Kojo (Solitary castle in the mirror).

Japanese name 辻村 深月

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