Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review



The Plot

In a small back alley in Tokyo, a café had served coffee for more than one hundred years. Its longevity is not the only reason for its popularity. In fact, this coffee shop offers its customers the chance to travel back in time. They must sit in a particular seat, cannot leave the café, and they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold.⁠

❤️ What I liked about Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi⁠

☕ Time travelling while drinking coffee. I loved how time travelling is described in this book. To travel back in time you usually have to enter weird time machines, dressed up as an astronaut and get shaken and scrambled half to death. Well, not this time. In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, time travelling is much more poetic and less disrupting.⁠

🤩 “At the end of the day, whether one returns to the past or travels to the future, the present doesn’t change.” In this book, one doesn’t travel in time to change things: it’s forbidden. But, after each travel, the traveller returns to the present with a changed heart. ⁠

I wasn’t sure about:⁠

The writing. I didn’t like how the book is written at all. Not enough descriptions, not enough context. And then, discussing it with the book club, I realized it had originally been written for theatre… which probably explains why I didn’t like the style.⁠

To the score

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I was a bit disappointed by this book. I loved the idea, but it could have been so much better if only there was a bit more to it. Anyway, I was the only one in the group not thrilled with the book, so I’m sure it’s worth reading, it’s just not my kind of book. ⁠

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