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Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Toshikazu Kawaguchi

“Seasons flow in a cycle.
Life too, passes through difficult winters.
But after any winter, spring will follow.”

Plot Overview

There is a small cafe in Tokyo, which lets you travel back in time. But there are rules for that. The most important ones are whatever you do you can never change the present and you must return before the coffee gets cold.

This book is a collection of 4 short stories, where 4 visitors decide to travel in time for different reasons.

My Reading Experience

This is a short and sweet read. I was introduced to this book by Saumya from PreciselySaumya’s and I was immediately intrigued by the premise of the book.

I feel that time travel is a very tricky concept. And I find that very few people can do justice to it without falling into the multi-verse chaos. But here, the author has done a very smart thing of handling all this chaos by a single rule “at the end of the day, whether one returns to the past or travels to the future, the present doesn’t change“.

The stories are very beautiful and heartwarming. It sometimes made me wonder about what I would have done if I were in the place of those characters. It also gives a very beautiful and subtle message of us being mindful of our actions in the present, because whatever we do today will decide our future, and that’s the only thing we can try to change.

Having said all these things, my experience with this book was just average. Maybe it was due to the short story format, due to which I couldn’t connect with the characters. But if you like reading short stories then this might be the book for you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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