Day: March 10, 2020

Book review: 『マチネの終わりに』by Keiichiro Hirano

Introduction Title: 『マチネの終わりに』Author: Keiichiro Hirano 平野啓一郎Published by 文春文庫 This novel is a best-seller in Japan and has been adapted into film in 2019. It tells the love story between Satoshi Makino and Yoko Komine. Satoshi, 38 years old, is a talented guitarist of classical music. After one of his concerts, he meets the reporter Yoko Komine, 40 years old, who lives in Paris and will be soon dispatched to Baghdad. We follow the long-distance relationship of these international lovers. This review is divided into: Book review I (spoiler-free) The audiobook The music (yes, the books has its soundtrack!) Book review II (spoilers) Review I could have loved this story very much, but I did not enjoy reading the book. There were too many things in the novel that bothered me, and while I could see that the story had a strong emotional potential, I just could not feel any sympathy for the characters nor care about them. This being said, I very much want to watch the film, I don’t know if I will like it, but …