Sep 29, 2017

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa: Book Beginning/Review

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa, translated from the Japanese, November 14, 2017, courtesy of OneWorld Publication
Genre: novel translated from the Japanese
Paperback, 224 pages

Book beginning:

A sweetly scented breeze blew along Cherry Blossom Street.

Sentaro stood over a hot griddle inside the Doraharu shop, as he did all day everyday, cooking pancakes or his dorayaki. Cherry Blossom Street was a run-down commercial strip in a depressed part of town, a street more notable for empty shops than the cherry trees planted sparsely on either side. Today, however, perhaps because the flowers were in full bloom, there were more people about than usual. 

Sentaro looked up to see an elderly lady in a white hat standing on the roadside, but immediately turned back to the bowl of batter he was mixing. He assumed she was looking at the billowing could of cherry blossom on the tree outside the shop.

Page 56:

"What kind of food do you like to eat, boss? What's the local specialty in Takasaki?"

I saw the movie based on this book on Netflix and really liked the story of a down-and-out, handicapped older woman who is given a job making dorayaki, a sweet pastry of pancakes filled with bean paste. She helps the struggling owner of the failing shop to attract buyers with her delicious recipe and cooking. But she hides a secret that will be a huge problem for her and for the shop owner, Sentaro, as time goes by.

The characters and plot are heartwarming and unexpected. A very enjoyable novel.

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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds delightful. Now I must search for the Netflix movie, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SAY YOU’RE SORRY”

Breana M. said...

This one sounds interesting. Also, I love the look of the cover.

Suko said...

Yay! Now this is working again for me.

I'd like to see the movie, Sweet Bean Paste. It sounds like my kind movie. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel as well.

Harvee said...

The Netflix movie is titled Sweet Bean, under Japanese movies. Hope you get to see it.

Harvee said...

That is a nice cover, tasteful and simple.

Harvee said...

Hope you get to see it, Suko. It's called Sweet Bean on Netflix, under Japanese movies.

Suko said...

Harvee, we watched Sweet Bean tonight. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the recommendation! :)

Harvee said...

Suko, glad you enjoyed it. I like finding little gems on Netflix!

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