Book Club For Coal Biters

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Okay so I didn't finish Dead Souls yet, so sue me sue me what can you do me, I love Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata!

Read it you cocksuckers!! it's only 160 pages with big text so any doofus can read this important text and change da world!

so :kawfee:

It's about this lady who has autism and can't read social cues, and learns to function through her job as a convenience store worker -- but it's also about eugenics, agency, celibacy, social-evolutionary selective pressures, and asian milfs (not really but there is an ugly bastard character who feels like he walked right out of a smegma crusted hentai -- actually, I wouldn't be supersized if this got remastered as a lite novel tbh like they did for city of glass, or was that a graphic novel? idfk)


It's written in this really low resolution-autistic perspective, but the character is also high IQ enough that you aren't forced to handle basic information processing vis-a-vie (what the fuck does that mean?) The Mysterious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time, like the clarity that she conveys the situation is sometimes at odds with her descriptions of her own helplessness -- but honestly who can name more than a handful of books that can explain their own telling watsonianly (even Dracula is plagued by weird "hmm, a man has just entered my room and is attacking me, I will continue writing this letter later" moments)

I really love the way the main character interprets society through the convenience store, and I especially liked that we aren't told if a situation is good or bad -- but are forced to go through the same mental processes that the book is about, but maybe I'm just r-worded and can't see how horrific the situation is.

To be honest, my personal uncertainty about the correct way of being made everything that much sadder, and that much more horrific for me. I like stories where the surrogate feels something so I can pretend to be them, instead I ended up worrying about somebody who couldn't worry about themself, who may as well be me.

Actually I may be more r-worded than the character in the book, because at least she believes in herself at the end.

I've always thought that stories were kind of shit at pointing out social truths, because (to use satire as an example) the point is either invalidated due to exaggerated ("I see your point) unrealisim (but it's not actually that bad"), or is likely to be missed as in reality. This book managed to show me something that I have never noticed before about people, and I think it's probably true, and completely :AAAAA: FUCKED.

Tl;dr For me it's a powerful story not for when it depicts sad fictional events, but when it depicts true social forces, and says "that's real".

honestly I still have that post-book wall-presence-feeling which I've come to associate with an experience unprocessed, but I really loved this book and I would love to discuss it with you guys!
:AAAGH: :stop: :uguu: :wowthx:
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