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Ms Ice Sandwich
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
9 posts | 13 read | 13 to read
A quixotic and funny tale about first love - from the Akutagawa Prize-winning author. A boy is obsessed with a woman who sells sandwiches. He goes to the supermarket almost every day, just so he can look at her face. She is beautiful to him, and he calls her "Ms Ice Sandwich", and endlessly draws her portrait. But the boy's friend hears about this hesitant adoration, and suddenly everything changes. His visits to Ms Ice Sandwich stop, and with them the last hopes of his childhood. A moving and surprisingly funny tale of growing up and learning how to lose, Ms Ice Sandwich is Mieko Kawakami at her very best.
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fleeting
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Mehso-so

I like the protagonist, story felt promising, but ultimately empty. There were many interesting parts but nothing felt developed. I'm not sure making it longer would've done it; it just felt abandoned (though the ending was satisfactory, so it's the details that really aren't worked out). It could've been a charming story of an adolescent trying to make sense of his world w/o a guide, but I felt so many things were withheld (& not metaphorically)

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fleeting
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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What a great way to start the weekend: bookmail with a Japanese and Thai book. Have a good one, folks!

batsy I have the Yoon on my shelf! And I adore those Pushkin covers. Have a blissful reading weekend 😍 1mo
fleeting @batsy thank you, same to you!! I do have the intention of completing these cute Pushkin books one day; I've got 2 and I hope they'll be good enough to keep me buying the rest! 😊 1mo
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Centique
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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#nofemmeber #iceprincess

With incredible serendipity this novella I just read fits for today‘s prompt! A lonely young boy becomes mesmerised by the sandwich lady at the local market with her icy blue eyeshadow and her cool, calm demeanour. It‘s really sweet and naive in a good way - I love it when an author can tap into a child‘s point of view.

Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.. great pic 8mo
Centique @Cathythoughts that‘s the cover, isn‘t it cute? 8mo
Cathythoughts It‘s sooo cute 👍🏻😊 8mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a fun read 😚thanks for sharing 8mo
Billypar Sounds great from the synopsis! 😀 8mo
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swatreads
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Pickpick

This is a cute, sweet novella about a boy who goes to the convenience store just to look at the big eyed woman who works behind the sandwich counter. He finds herself fascinating or to be specific "her eyes fascinating". It's simple and cutesy and a very refreshing read. Perfect to read while commuting. Also liked how it's narrated in the perspective of a fourth grader.
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BiblioNyan
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Mehso-so

🥪Slice-of-life tale about a boy & his 1st crush: the lady who sells sandwiches at local grocery store.
🥪Story is about perception, specifically how our personal perceptions are affected by those around us.
🥪Carries motifs of life‘s fleeting nature, missed opportunities being lifelong tides of regret, bittersweet first crushes, & struggles of yearning.
🥪Frustratingly inconsistent meshing of British & American English.
🥪Prattley prose.
🥪3.5/5

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RealLifeReading
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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A rather strange book about a young boy who becomes infatuated with the woman who sells sandwiches at the local store. There's this undertone of sadness and longing throughout.

I hadn't heard of this book or its author before. But the title and the fun cover caught my eye.

It's a coming of age novella, about growing up and learning to cope with all these strange new emotions and feelings. Kind of moving, in that subtle and quirky Japanese way.

batsy So intrigued by these Pushkin Press Japanese novellas! Those covers 😍 1y
BarbaraBB Echoing @batsy 😍 1y
RealLifeReading @batsy @BarbaraBB they're really great covers! 1y
lorourke Reading this at the moment..needed something a little ligher...have just finshed The Vegetarian by Han Kang 1y
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Jennifercaloyeras
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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I read Ms. Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami as part of my pledge to read for 24 hours last weekend. I read four books. My eyes hurt. And I haven‘t read a page today. Not one page. And I didn‘t even spontaneously combust or anything.
Ms. Ice Sandwich is a Japanese novella about a boy obsessed with a woman who sells sandwiches. It is a slim, tender novel about being totally smitten for the first time.

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MPL
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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New books Tuesday! Can‘t wait to read Ms Ice Sandwich.

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RealLifeReading
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Just downloaded this book because of its cute cover and title. Judging a book by its cover? That's me! 🙋
Are you?

(And hey it fits #pop2018 - set in a country that fascinates me. And for #readingwomenchallenge - in translation and also translated by a woman)

Ash.on.the.line I‘ve definitely judged a few books by their cover! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1y
UrsulaMonarch Pretty cover & photo! What country is the book set in? 1y
batsy I've had my eye on this one because of cover+title! 🍦 1y
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