The Miracles of the Namiya General Store
by Keigo Higashino
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Pub Date 24 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 21 Oct 2019
Yen Press, Yen On
When three delinquents hole up in an abandoned general store after their most recent robbery, to their great surprise, a letter drops through the mail slot in the store's shutter. This seemingly simple request for advice sets the trio on a journey of discovery as, over the course of a single night, they step into the role of the kindhearted former shopkeeper who devoted his waning years to offering thoughtful counsel to his correspondents. Through the lens of time, they share insight with those seeking guidance, and by morning, none of their lives will ever be the same.
By acclaimed author Keigo Higashino, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is a work that has touched the hearts of readers around the world.
The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is already an international bestseller with over 10 million copies sold. There have been two live action film adaptations of the work, the first by director Ryuichi Hiroki in Japan and the second in China by Emperor Motion Pictures where Jackie Chan starred as the titular shop owner. Keigo Higashino is an award winning and acclaimed author whose work has been translated into multiple languages. The translation of The Devotion of Suspect X, the first book in his Detective Galileo series, was nominated for an Edgar Award when it was published in English by Minotaur Books. This is the first English language translation of The Miracles of the Namiya General Store.
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The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is a Japanese novel that I can heartily recommend to anyone and everyone. You don't need any sort of pre-existing cultural knowledge to grasp this one. The simple writing style is approachable for most ages (though this is adult fiction) and the story's focal points are wonderfully effective and meaningful on a universal level. Also recommendable as a first entry into the oft puzzling sub-genres of magical realism and time travel, as the realism aspect is strongly grounded and the other aspects are simply stated yet whimsical.
+ This is a briskly-paced and focused read. At 320 pages it all goes by pretty fast. Belonging to a more generalized fiction category, I think it would be appealing to many.
+ One thing I want to mention (though this is more of a personal bit) as a fan of many types of Asian fiction, the amount of translated work out there is relatively small and many of them have strange or very adult themes, are cognitively challenging, and often seem to be chosen for their outlandishness. The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is different. Its tone is largely uplifting and feel-good, which is something of a rarity. There are some heavy moments, but the overarching vibe is positive.
+ There are several characters and while we only view small slices of their lives that are relevant to the story, they each feel different and offer some worthwhile perspective.
+ This concept is invigoratingly creative. It would make such a good TV show. There is a live-action film adaptation which I’m looking forward to watching as soon as possible. The existence of adaptations does serve as a plus for me when choosing books since it's fun to see the worlds and characters realized in other mediums.
- I have nothing too damning to put in this section. The writing style might be too simplistic for some who might prefer a more deep and literary style.
- Since this is split up into more episodic sub-plots, some of those plots might be of wildly varying interest. I found the final one to be the less interesting of the batch. The ending is somewhat abrupt.
In closing, I greatly enjoyed The Miracles of the Namiya General Store. It will be an experience I won’t soon forget. Would love to read more translated novels with this level of approachable prose and imagination. Many thanks to Netgalley and Yen Press (Yen On) for providing me an e-ARC of this title for the purpose of review.
An amazing story and a great reading experience.
I liked the fleshed out and well written cast of characters, the setting and the atmosphere.
The plot kept me hooked till the end and made me smile an think.
I'm happy I requested this ARC because I discovered an excellent author and I hope to read more books.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
This novel is a miracle! Fascinating--inspiring--truly spirit-lifting. I read it on a day I was feeling low, and as the story unfolded, so too did the wings of my spirit lift, with encouragement and inspiration and hope.
I am so grateful for readers' expanded capacity to acquire diverse literature. This novel is a fine example.