Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Authors: Satoshi Yagisawa
- Language: English
- Genre: Family Life Fiction
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From late summer to early spring the next year, I lived at the Morisaki
Bookshop. I spent that period of my life in the spare room on the second floor
of the store, trying to bury myself in books. The cramped room barely got
any light, and everything felt damp. It smelled constantly of musty old books.
But I will always remember the days I spent there. Because that’s where
my real life began. And I know, without a doubt, that if not for those days,
the rest of my life would have been bland, monotonous, and lonely.
The Morisaki Bookshop is precious to me. It’s a place I know I’ll never
When I close my eyes, the memories still come back to me so vividly.
It all began like a bolt of lightning out of the clear blue sky. No, what
happened was more shocking than that, more shocking even than seeing frogs
raining from the sky in a downpour.
One day, Hideaki, the boyfriend I’d been going out with for a year,
suddenly blurted out, “I’m getting married.”
When I first heard him, my mind was filled with questions. Now, if he’d
said, “Let’s get married,” I would’ve understood. Or if he’d said, “I want to
get married,” I still would’ve understood. But “I’m getting married” was just
weird. Marriage, after all, is a covenant based on mutual agreement, so
grammatically the sentence was completely wrong. And what about the
casual way he said it? It was so brusque. The tone of his voice was exactly
the same one he would’ve used to say, “Hey, I found one hundred yen on the
side of the road.”
It was a Friday night in the middle of June. We were having a nice dinner
together after work at an Italian restaurant in Shinjuku. The restaurant was on
the top floor of a hotel, so we had a beautiful view of the city at night, all the
gleaming neon lights. It was our favorite spot.
Hideaki, who was three years ahead of me at work, was someone I’d had
a secret crush on from the day I started. Just being together made my heart
bounce inside my chest like a trampoline. That night was the first time we’d
been alone together in a while, so as I drank my wine, I was in an especially
But then . . .
Without thinking, I replied, “Huh?” I thought maybe I had misheard him.
But he repeated what he’d said, matter-of-factly. “So, it looks like I’m getting
married next year.”
“Married? Who’s getting married to whom?”
“I am. To her.”
“Huh?” I was still puzzled.“Who’s she?”
And then, he says the name of a girl in a different department of the
company—without the slightest hint of guilt in his voice. She had been hired
at the same time as me, and she looked so pretty that even I wanted to wrap
my arms around her.
Compared to her, I was taller and more ordinary-looking. I couldn’t
understand why he’d even consider getting involved with me when he was
going out with someone as pretty as she was.
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