Dingen die we toevertrouwen aan de wind
'Zou een pony mij staan?'
'Met pap gaat alles nog goed.'
'Het liep precies zoals jij het had gewild.'
'We gaan trouwen!'
'Ik mis je.'
Deze roman gaat over een plek die recht bestaat. In 2010 installeerde Sasaki Itaru in de tuin bij zijn huis een telefooncel met daarin een kapotte telefoon, om zo via de wind te kunnen communiceren met zijn overleden neef. ...more
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A beautifully written story that flows through ravaged loss, desolation, resilience, hope, and the promise of a future with love and peace. The Phone Box at the End of the World by Laura Imai Messina is a book that gently enriches the soul and beats with a loving serenity.
The harrowing aftermath of a natural disaster strips away normality with the sudden and unprepared death of loved ones and the destruction of property. Yui is heartbroken following a Tsunami which hit Japan on 11 Marc ...more
I loved the thought of a phone box we could all go to and phone our loved ones that have passed away. It's a heartbreaking read but it's also full of hope. I lov ...more
An extended review is available at Keeping Up With The Penguins. ...more
Based on a true story the phone box at the edge of the world is in the small town of Otsuchi in northern Japan, an area devasted by the tsunami in 2011.
A resident had the idea of placing an old phone booth at the bottom of his garden with a disconnected rotary phone that he could use to ring his deceased cousin (prior to the March 2011 disaster) and his words would "be carried on the wind" as he spoke to him.
Word travels about the wind ...more
Based on a real place in Japan, The Phone Box at the Edge of the World is centred around a phone box in a rural Japanese village, where people go to talk to their loved ones who have pa ...more
Thank you @manilla_press for the #gifted copy of this beautiful book. I read this with @emmas.biblio.treasures and it was such a beautiful story
I was worried, given the Tsunami backdrop and the central focus on grief, that this would be sad, emotional and bleak. Yes it wa ...more
I loved the connection between the two main characters and how they slotted into each other’s lives. I loved how beautifully written the words are. I loved the short chapters making it an easy read. I loved the ‘profound quotes’ that make up the paragraphs of this book.
But for me this book was missing a lot - I don’t know if maybe I just didn’t connect with it but there didn’t really seem to be any real plot. A lot of the chapte ...more
But it was an absolute surprise; I enjoyed this book a lot. It is beautifully written, I truly couldn't put it down. The characters are all unique in their own way and the Japanese atmosphere is very present, something I loved the most about it.
Grief is sad for sure, but the story displays it in such a beautiful way and in so many forms. Death is trag ...more
The subtly of the story, the writing style & there were stand out quotes really resonated with me. I really enjoyed the taste of Japanese culture and language captured within these pages
I loved the main characters and how they fit into each other's lives. The short chapters alternating between the character's lives and little lists/details perfectly entwined the story together.
It just missed out on 5⭐ because I would've reall ...more
I thought this would be a heart-wrenching book where I would find myself sobbing the whole way through, but I found myself positively surprised at the wisdom and hea ...more
I have felt privileged to be a part of Yui’s path as she moves from grief and darkness into love and light. From guarding emotions as protection not to feel any more pain to some really tender moments, through Yui I’ve experienced an array of emotions. Do you experience the mixed emotions of a life moving on or do you let the fear of loss wrap around you and stifle your feelings and actions? Can you have joy filled moments again?
Takeshi and Yui’s meeting a ...more
The Phone Box at the Edge of the World is a poignant story exploring grief, emotional trauma, and how to pick your life up after it has fallen to pieces. We follow Yui and Takeshi, two people who both lost a lot. Yui's mother and daughter both died in the 2011 tsunami, while Takeshi's wife was taken by cancer. Their pain brings them to the same special place - to a phone box with a disconnected line, where yo ...more
Set in Japan the story follows Yui and Takeshi, both of whom have lost people close to them. Yui’s mother and daughter were killed in the earthquake that hit the north of Japan in March 2011. Takeshi’s wife died, leaving his young daughter mute. Both find comfort in the ‘wind phone’ - a disused telephone in the garden of Belle Gardia where people go to talk to their departed loved ones.
The phone ...more
One of our characters is Yui, a radio broadcaster who lost her mother and daughter in the recent tsunami. She seems emotionally stuck in the aftermath, not sure how to move on from such a loss. Like so many dealing with such unexpected loss, the emotions are complex.
Alongside Yui we have other characters. They are brought together by the existence of Bella Gardia, a remote garden cura ...more
I have to confess that I w ...more
The story is based on a real life location of the "wind phone" although they ask that tourists do not visit. It is certainly a sad story of those lost in the Tsunami in Japan in 2011, and whilst this is fiction it is obviously a very true depiction of what many suffered.
The idea of being able to talk to those that have passed through a ...more
I was intrigued by the premise, and my friend has never steered me wrong on books before, despite this not being an actual recommendation from her, so I dived right in and am glad I did. I don’ ...more
At the heart of the story is love and acceptance. A beautiful friendship blossoms between two users of the phone box, both suffering from huge familial losses. I loved both Yui and Takeshi who were believable an ...more
Two strangers meet on their way looking for the "Wind phone". A phone box in a beautiful garden where you can go and speak to the loved ones you have lost.
It's such a wonderful idea!
"Then it struck Yui that the function of the telephone, rather than channel and guide voices into a single ear, was to broadcast them into the wind"
For years Yui and Takeshi would return and in the end, the story turns into a tender love story. A ...more
The book is a story about survival and grief. Its about the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2001 and how the main charchter Yui grieves . There are lots of stories of the people who travel to the phonebox to talk on the wind phone. Yui travels there once a month with a friend T ...more
There were so so many poignant quotes that will stay with me and I really enjoyed the mix of chapters to break up the main text. The plot was incredibly subtle and the characters were lig ...more
We follow Yui's pilgrimage to the phone box and learn of her terrible loss, accompany her on her journey of grief, maybe even silently work through some of our own. I lost my mother last year to dementia so this book was like a balsam, soothing to my s ...more
The Phone Box at the Edge of the World was a sweet and spiritual read, of loss, of love, of connectedness and of survival. It's characters falling together was sweet and (almost) seamless. I enjoyed the different lives merging together over a shared feeling of grief, and the place that helps them heal.
But despite this, I felt a slight disconnect from the characters, they never fel ...more
You do? Well this is one of those books.
Yui lost her Mother and young daughter tragically after a tsunami hit. Takeshi has lost his wife. Both seek out The Wind Phone, an old disconnected phone box in the garden of a stranger, said to carry your voice to the people you have lost. This is how they meet, just when they needed each other, almost like it was meant to be. Takeshi picks up the ...more
Si è trasferita a Tokyo a ventitré anni per perfezionare la lingua e da allora abita stabilmente in Giappone. Ha ottenuto un dottorato di primo livello in Culture Comparate presso l’International Christian University con una tesi sulla scrittrice giapponese Ogawa Yōko e ha conseguito presso la Tokyo University o ...more