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Ms Ice Sandwich: Mieko Kawakami (Japanese Novellas)

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When school resumes he cannot spend as much time watching the woman he has named in his head Ms Ice Sandwich. He goes as far as to insist that if you’re really thinking of making the other person feel good/happy, then it’s not really a romantic infatuation. It portrayed his inner thoughts and feelings so well that I got a lump in my throat when he did in his. Kawakami’s writing never seems to give the readers enough to properly ‘evaluate’ the situation/events. There is no father present and the boy gets limited attention from his mother who is always on her cell phone or computer or in discussion with clients.

When his friend Tutti realises how much he likes Ms Ice Sandwich, though, she encourages him to go there and talk to her. Sometimes it’s thinly veiled under humor, or bizarre situations, but I think they often point out what hurts us. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. To "fall in love" is fundamentally lonely, thinking things like "What can I do to get closer to them? Kawakami manages to conduct chaos here, keeping an astonishing control over a narrative composed of a deluge of thoughts.I remember lamenting how I couldn't get anything out of The Woman in the Purple Skirt, but this book has successfully presented me with another perspective on Japanese literature. Ms Ice Sandwich is a quirky and immediately engaging novella, about a young boy's obsession with a woman who sells sandwiches from a counter in his local supermarket. The women in his life - an aging grandmother, a distracted mother, an audacious female friend, the Ms. The second part of the book, with the weaving of the school life along with the mc's love life, as well as the conclusion of the story, was pretty much the best and masterfully handled and written.

In this novella she captures extremely well the interior musings of a young adolescent coming to realizations about the true nature of the human condition. EXPERTLY translated (and I know I'm very particular, I can't help it - see my review of Dandelions たんぽぽ). The author does not really spend any time weaving a mystery around the lady's face (something which I rather expected to happen), she chooses to focus on the boy's feelings and perceptions of the woman instead.But there's loads of hard stuff in life, and maybe when we're grown-ups, there's going to be tons more hard stuff to deal with. Ice Sandwich of the title - all come into clearer focus as the narrative moves along, both for him and for us.

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