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The Nakano Thrift Shop (Paperback)
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The Nakano Thrift Shop (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 01/06/2017
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Among the jumble of paperweights, plates, typewriters and general bric-a-brac in Mr Nakano's thrift store, there are treasures to be found. Each piece carries its own story of love and loss - or so it seems to Hitomi, when she takes a job there working behind the till. Nor are her fellow employees any less curious or weatherworn than the items they sell. There's the store's owner, Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies' man with several ex-wives; Sakiko, his sensuous, unreadable lover; his sister, Masayo, an artist whose free-spirited creations mask hidden sorrows. And finally there's Hitomi's fellow employee, Takeo, whose abrupt and taciturn manner Hitomi finds, to her consternation, increasingly disarming. A beguiling story of love found amid odds and ends, The Nakano Thrift Shop is a heart-warming and utterly charming novel from one of Japan's most celebrated contemporary novelists.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781846276026
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 194 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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“Fantastic offbeat characters and bags of charm.”

The perfect escape to the constant dirge of depressing events that are clogging up our news feeds and social media. It reminded me of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'Amélie' With a cast of fantastic offbeat... More

Paperback edition
17th June 2017
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“Warm and pleasant enough, but not impactful”

Perhaps I had unfair expectations before reading it, but this was something of a letdown. I understood that Hiromi Kawakami was renowned for her slightly leftfield approach to storytelling, and I wasn't getting... More

Paperback edition
26th June 2017
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“Lost in translation?”

I expected to enjoy The Nakano Thrift Shop a lot more than I did. This book has a certain charm, and the characters are likeable enough, but I can't say I was blown away.

Translated books can be tricky-you... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
5th August 2017
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