Before The Coffee Gets Cold,
by Toshikazu Kawaguchi,
translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
was first published in 2015
Read-along, pre-read discussion
For several years, I have been participating in the Japanese Literature Challenge organized by Meredith at Dolce Bellezza. This year, I was planning on reading only nine Japanese classics, and then I won Before The Coffee Gets Cold at her giveaway!
I forgot how and where, but I saw that Julie Anna at Julie Anna’s Books wanted to read it as well. So I offered her to do a read-along.
We are starting our reading today, feel free to join us.
Before our first report, Julie Anna had the great idea to ask pre-read questions:
1. If you could visit this cafe and have the opportunity to time travel, what would you do?
2. Would you want to change anything?
3. What are your expectations going into this book?
4. What have you heard about this book so far?
5. Do you often read books with fantastical / magical elements?
6. How do you think the magical elements of this book will be executed?
7. From the synopsis:
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.
Whose character’s story are you most interested in learning about?
Please go visit Julie Anna’s post to see both our answers
Come this way to see our Q&A for part 1
And Part 2 Q&A is available here, on Julie Anna’s blog.
Part 3 is here
and here part 4