Welcome on Marketa’s Book Club 🙂
It’s a new section where I’d like to share books with you which I really enjoyed, or found interesting.
This time I’d like to tell you about a book called Strange weather in Tokyo written by Hiromi Kawakami. I found this one on Amazon website in Kindle section. I liked the summary and reviews of other readers helped me to give this book a try.
The main character of this story is Tsukiko who’s in her late 30’s. She’s a single woman who lives on her own. One night she meets her former teacher Sensei in a bar. He is 30 years older than her, retired and as she thinks, he’s a widower. Those two meets occasionally in the bar. They share food, drinks and they are company to each other. Sometimes, they can go weeks without seeing each other. But once they meet again, it’s like there was no time without any contact at all …
I really enjoyed reading this book. It took me a few pages, well let’s be honest, a few chapters before I got really into it. It starts very slow and suddenly you just can’t stop reading it. Reasons, why I really enjoyed this book are that I’ve learnt something new about Japan. I have not been there before, even though I always wanted visit it over there as their culture is totally different to ours. And you can definitely find it in this book. One of those examples can be the description of their eating habits. Which seems to be much healthier than over here in England. 🙂
The another reason why I enjoyed this book is because I adored those two main characters. Those two people are like yin and yang. Totally different but they matches really well. Sometimes she seems to be a little bit younger than she really is. I thought that she’s more like a woman in her 20’s. Sensei is a character on his own. I think I would have fell in love with Sensei too. He’s very old fashioned which is what I really like about him and he’s behaving in a way what you don’t see nowadays anymore. He’s a real gentleman which sometimes can be a little bit annoying but at the same time, it’s something what makes him different from others, I’d say special. 🙂
Have you read this book before? What do you think about it? Have you had a relationship with somebody who was much older, or even younger than you?
If you have not read this before, will you give it a try? What book are you currently reading and would you recommend?