コンビニ人間 [Konbini ningen] by Sayaka Murata

コンビニ人間 [Konbini ningen]

36歳未婚女性、古倉恵子。大学卒業後も就職せず、コンビニのバイトは18年目。これまで彼氏なし。オープン当初からスマイルマート日色駅前店で働き続け、変わりゆくメンバーを見送りながら、店長は8人目だ。日々食べるのはコンビニ食、夢の中でもコンビニのレジを打ち、清潔なコンビニの風景と「いらっしゃいませ!」の掛け声が...


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Titleコンビニ人間 [Konbini ningen]
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Release DateJul 27th, 2016
LanguageJapanese
GenreFiction, Cultural, Japan, Contemporary, Asian Literature, Japanese Literature
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Reviews コンビニ人間 [Konbini ningen]

  • Elyse
    2018-03-21
    The moment I finished reading this story - I immediately wanted to know everything about the author- Sayaka Murata. WHO IS SHE? I was screaming inside about how WONDERFUL she must be. This book is a GEM!!!!! Awe-inspiring writing — irresistible—and weirdly outlandish!My gosh...I had the best laugh when I discovered that ‘our author’ —-one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers—[I AGREE,I AGREE] —‘really’ works as a part...
  • Taryn
    2018-02-13
    Keiko Furukura lives an atypical life. At thirty-six-years-old, she's a virgin and completely disinterested in romantic relationships. She has worked part-time at a Japanese convenience store for eighteen years. Her family was thrilled when she was first employed because they saw it as a sign of her growth as a person. Keiko has always been considered peculiar, but the job helped her finally become an "ordinary person." The convenience store i...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-03-24
    4 quirky stars to Convenience Store Woman! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Keiko was always a little different in her parents’ eyes. When she went to college, she got a job at a local convenience store. She tried her best to fit in by copying the other employees there, from their clothing to their mannerisms. Life passes by, and many years later, Keiko is still working at the convenience store. No one around Keiko is comfortable with her choice to stay there, ...
  • Justin Tate
    2018-08-09
    Actual heart emojis burst from my aura the whole time I read this book. Hilariously quirky, full of social commentary that’s nothing short of brilliant. Savvy author to deliver a great conclusion just when the premise starts to wane. It’s a 3 hour read that will stay with me forever. Genius!
  • Holly B
    2018-05-31
    3.5 An odd little book with quite eccentric characters Keiko is the quirky protagonist and she decides that working in a convenience store is both satisfying and provides her with a sense of belonging. She feels very "connected" to the store and its routines and mundane tasks.  She doesn't mind this, she thrives and enjoys her job and is a hard worker.Her family constantly worries that she is "not normal."  Society has certain "expectations" ...
  • Debbie
    2018-03-25
    3.5, rounded up (but with MUCH internal turmoil)I don’t know about you, but I never think about convenience stores. (Except, wait, right now I’m thinking about the fact that 7-11s don’t have bathrooms. How is that convenient I want to know.) Convenience stores are all Cheetos and lottery tickets, in and out in a matter of minutes. Hit the road, jack, head on out to your next stop. Well, when you read this book, the convenience store is fron...
  • Ms. Smartarse
    2018-04-13
    Published in English as Convenice Store WomanAnyone who's ever gone shopping for groceries must have a thing or two to rant about employees. You're late, but still need to nip in to buy that little something before getting to work, yet the shop assistant is taking his/her sweet time chatting about that totally hilarious (you had to be there!) story. Not Keiko Furukura! After 18 years, she's so well attuned to the sounds of the convenience store, ...
  • Vanessa
    2018-03-29
    Convenience store woman is a simple little story about Keiko Furukura a totally quirky hopelessly inept character but in a totally charming and sweet way. She’s a character that defies societies norms by bucking the traditional role designated for women that require them to have a “proper” or “normal” job, a husband and children by a certain age. I felt a deep sadness for Keiko always being subjected to judgement and how she was always ...
  • JV
    2018-09-04
    “The voice of the convenience store won’t stop flowing through me. I was born to hear this voice.” Offbeat, perky, 36-year-old-virgin Keiko Furukura, a checkout counter gal, has been working at Tokyo's Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart convenience store since she was eighteen. To her family, Keiko was rather a peculiar girl, undeniably an oddball ever since she was a small child. Because her family loves her so much, they wanted to "cure" her a...
  • Mackey
    2018-07-12
    If you love witty conversation, wry humor and quirky characters then Convenience Store Woman is the book for you! Originally written in Japanese, Convenience Store Woman on the surface is a story about Keiko Furukura, a woman whose own parents labeled "a strange child." Slow to develop, Keiko's parents were worried about her ability to "fit in" and be a "normal" adult. They wish for Keiko to have a "real job" and a boyfriend. However, Keiko lov...
  • Esil
    2018-06-01
    3.5 starsConvenience Store Woman was an odd book. Not a bad book, but definitely odd. Set in Tokyo and translated from Japanese, it features a women in her mid 30s who has been working in a convenience store for her whole adult life. Through her eyes, we understand that she is not meeting social expectations by not being married and by not having a higher status job. But it is also evident that her sense of who she is and who she wants to be does...
  • Sam Quixote
    2018-08-03
    Keiko has worked at the convenience store her entire adult life. But as she nears 40, the pressure to find a “real” job or get married is mounting – what sort of life awaits Keiko outside the comfort zone of the store and will she step out to meet it? I feel like there’s a good novel somewhere in Convenience Store Woman but Sayaka Murata didn’t realise it. Her commentary on conformist society and the individual is inane and unoriginal t...
  • PorshaJo
    2018-08-20
    Rating 3.5Odd, fascinating, funny, sad....trying to sum this one is difficult. A short story that I listened to via audio, which took about 3 hours in total. I'm not sure how I heard about this one but ended up grabbing it for my Japanese reading quest I have this year.Keiko works in a Japanese convenience store. She's a bit odd. She's smart, but it sometimes appears she has issues functioning in society. But she thrives while working at the conv...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2018-03-24
    FIVE STARSWhat a strange and quirky little book this is! This is a kind of Japanese version of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I love to read contemporary books set in different cultures and this is one, set in Tokyo, is ideal! Can I just say, American convenience stores have a long way to go to live up to Japanese stores in terms of cleanliness, well-trained and friendly staff, etc etc!!Keiko Furukura is hopelessly out-of-step with societal...
  • Paul Bryant
    2018-09-08
    In Britain these things are called corner shops, even if they aren’t on a corner. My local convenience store is really not convenient at all. It’s small and cram full of groceries and all kinds of crap in teetering towers so you can hardly edge your way inside. When you are in if there’s anyone else there it becomes an uncomfortably intimate experience if you try to get past that person to the thing you want. Then there is the owner. He fix...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-06-10
    I have seen this described as the Japanese Eleanor Oliphant, because Keiko, the central character, doesn't know how to act in "normal" situations, and hasn't been able to, even as a child. As an adult she finds the perfect job, because it comes with a manual that spells out how to act and dress in every situation. A quick read with an interesting character.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It comes out 12 June, 2018...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    2018-05-27
    Thank you to the publisher Grove Atlantic Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I must admit I would have never targeted this book to read had someone on Goodreads not recommended it. It kind of flies under the radar by its unassuming cover, but is actually quite thought-provoking.This is a story about a young Japanese woman named Keiko who has been working part-time at a 24-hour convenience store since the age of 18. She is now...
  • Michael
    2018-08-09
    Reading this book has given me a bit of unwanted nostalgia. The one that makes me have little idea of knowing what to think after reading. On paper this sounded like a Japanese version of another book I read this year Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. But while that book had a sprinkling of humor and hope to pacify the main character, here we have more a culture that clashes with Keiko's safe lifestyle.Growing up Keiko struggled with no friend...
  • Monica Kim
    2018-08-14
    You eliminate the parts of your life that others find strange — maybe that’s what everyone means when they say they want to “cure” me. — Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman..I thought I was just in for some fun, light reading, but this novel turned out to be so much more than I had anticipated. Sayaka Murata’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, “Convenience Store Woman” is a compulsively readable, profound, funny, eye-o...
  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    2018-06-01
    3.5/5 stars (rounded down)One of my 2018 reading goals was to read more books by asian authors and about asian culture, so this book was perfect for that. I've seen Convenience Store Woman being compared to Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman and while I do see the resemblance, I don't necessarily agree with the comparison.Eleanor Oliphant was definitely a quirky character (my favorite kind) but I was able to relate to Eleanor o...
  • Claudia
    2018-04-30
    I don’t know what’s the exact meaning in Japanese, but the "convenience” word used here captured the essence of the book perfectly - such a versatile word with so many meanings.We have an awkward 36 years old woman, who is working at this convenience store for the past 18 years. She never had a boyfriend, nor other job than this. As a child, she was different than the rest, to the point her parents took her to a psychologist. She used to th...
  • Ms. Smartarse
    2018-03-22
    I have also read the German version of this novel(lette), but here I'm only making some observations on the Romanian translation.For someone described as not being particularly interested in pesky little things like feelings, or even the taste of food, the main character comes off as a bit too passionate in this Romanian translation. As a matter of fact, the entire atmosphere of the book feels a bit too much like the familiar Romanian village min...
  • Jane
    2018-06-06
    4.5 pleasantly surprised stars for this intriguing little book! Convenience Store Woman is not action-packed nor steeped in drama, but it is a compelling read nonetheless. The story follows Keiko Furukura, a 36-year-old, part-time convenience store employee. The people in her life have always thought she is a little odd, and yet they are perplexed by her seeming inability to move beyond what is seen as a temporary life stage. Keiko, on the other ...
  • Blair
    2018-06-24
    Keiko Furukura is a misfit – in her own words, a 'foreign object'. As a child, her odd behaviour attracts criticism and disgust; she doesn't understand why (in her own mind she is acting logically), but she understands enough to know that to be perceived as acceptable, she must change. To avoid further trouble, she passes the rest of her youth as quietly and unobtrusively as possible.Everything changes when Keiko is a student: she gets a part-t...
  • Eric Anderson
    2018-07-02
    Before I moved to England I worked at a fast food restaurant for approximately four months. It was an interim period and the only temporary job I could find in my area. Maybe it was the knowledge that I’d soon be immersed in London culture, but the strange thing about working such a repetitive job was I found it oddly comforting. I quickly formed a routine of long shifts interspersed with periods of reading and deep sleep caused by the utter ex...
  • Juli
    2018-06-14
    Keiko has always felt different. She reacts to emotions, social situations and just life in general a little bit differently than anyone else. Since her early childhood, her family has tried to "fix'' her, lamenting Keiko's odd behaviors and habits. Keiko feels her job is one of the best things that ever happened to her. One day 18 years ago she found the convenience store and applied for a job there, and she's been letting what she learns there ...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    2018-07-12
    Full review hereI liked this book very much!First of all- ignore the blurb. This isn't anything like Han Kang writes. Just because they're both women writers from far east doesn't mean they write similar guys! Come on... Style and atmosphere is very different. Anyway, our heroine, Keiko is clearly autistic. I haven't been to Japan, but from the books I have read it looks like people are ashamed of family members/friends who doesn't fit in, doesn'...
  • Wendi Lee
    2018-05-25
    This short novel epitomizes everything I love about Japanese literature. Keiko is strange, unable to completely fit in in a culture where conformity is compulsive. She thinks things that other people do not, and finds the never-ending obsession over careers, marriage, and children incomprehensible. But her life takes a turn for the better when she finds a job at a convenience store. All of a sudden, her life has meaning. The store hums life into ...
  • Matteo Fumagalli
    2018-08-18
    Videorecensione: https://youtu.be/utnc571fQgk
  • Subashini
    2018-06-11
    A slim novel with a quirky, fun cover that packs a punch and is darker and more subversive than it appears. In depicting a 36-year-old (likely neuroatypical) woman, Murata skewers contemporary society under capitalism and its obsession with competition and self-promotion. What if someone is truly content doing what others see is the bare minimum? How must self-autonomy be sacrificed in order to be seen as a functioning adult, to adhere to social ...