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Chapter 1:- Foreword


E S P R E S S O L O V E




エスプレッソラブ・「小説」・タカツ


AUTHOR'S NOTE:

Thank you for reading this book!

This is the first draft primarily featured and most updated on Wattpad


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[ Dystopian / Philosophical / Magical-Realism / Literary / Romance ]

In Tokyo, Japan, where identity, thoughts, memories and emotions decay, a strange clairvoyant and a literature student embark on a paranoiac escape against oppression, mindless agents, civil unrest and against reality itself, in a mind-blowing soul-searching journey for love, for what had been long lost and what it means to be human. Yet all that remains is a peculiar coffee shop order.

The literary novel delves into the human condition, subjective perception, our socio-political system, capitalist mechanism and consumer culture, incorporating philosophy, surrealist dreamscapes, circular symbolism and shifting parallel realities, with profound discussions of coffee, art, literature and music.

"System is Everything."

From the award-winning pioneer of the cell phone novel movement in the West, author of "Secondhand Memories", "Move", "All's Well That Ends Well", and more.

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"Struck me to the very core of my being..."
"Intellectually challenging..."
"Very interesting concept of reality... Thought provoking.."

"Like a seven course meal full of spice and illumination... One does not listen to a classical piece to get to its ending. No. It is the ride, the moment by moment...a genuine Masamune among stories."


"Offers acute, almost painful observations of the minutiae of life, if life took place in a Murakami snow-globe." - Review on IndieReader Insiders

"It's not a regular thing to find a piece of work that oozes sophistication and embodies literature and art."

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“An interesting ‘vapoury’ style that seems to hover off world at times. …atmosphere and dialogue are strong…shows assurance and poise. Also very promising in suggestions. ...Author’s intent to invoke/evoke mystery is very effective…haunting and strange (which is good); intelligence present on page…some sense of terror in the core here… You’re on to something different, striking.”

- B.W. Powe, Associate Professor, Dept of English, York University and author of "A Tremendous Canada of Light", "A Climate Charged", "Outage", "The Unsaid Passing", and "Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy"

Over 600,000 reads and featured on Wattpad, IndieReader, DIG on USA TV campaign and reviewed by published authors, professors, and critics alike.

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Copyright © 2013-2014 by TAKATSU

All rights reserved. This literary work or any portion thereof may not be reproduced, distributed or used in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations for non-commercial purposes with full credit and source information given.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are actual research, references, and accurate details intended to be used fictitiously and objectively. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


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REFERENCES/ALLUSIONS/INFLUENCES OF THE NOVEL:

- Blakeian consciousness, multiplicity and imagination; Psychologist Carl Jung's Collective Unconscious theories; Platonic Views on Love and the abstract ideal; Freud's Superego, Ego & Id; George Berkeley's subjective idealism; Hegel's Absolute Mind

- George Orwell's 1984; Franz Kafka's The Trial; Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore, Wind Up Bird Chronicle; Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Don DeLillo's Mao II, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland; Natsume Soseki's I Am A Cat; Banana Yoshimoto's The Lake; Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange; Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji; Kazuo Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World; T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"; Baudelaire's "L'homme et la Mer"; Ezra Pound's "In A Station of the Metro"; W.B. Yeats' "The Second Coming"; Shakespeare; Pablo Neruda; Jack Kerouac

- Karl Marx's Criticism of Capitalism

- Lewis Mumford's The City in History, John Berger's Ways of Seeing



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MUSICAL REFERENCES/MENTIONS IN THE NOVEL:

Soundscape/Playlist available here >> http://tiny.cc/espmusic

Nirvana - "Turnaround", Simon & Garfunkel - "Sound of Silence", Lisa Ono - "Volare", Paganini - "Violin Concerto No. 4", Chopin - "Nocturne No. 1", Mendelssohn - "Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)", Pablo de Sarasate - "Jota Aragonese (Op. 27)", Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Bohren & der Club of Gore - "Kleiner Finger" and various, Jason Mraz - "Freedom Song", Maroon 5 - "Sunday Morning", Bob Dylan - "Desolation Row", John Mayer, SUM41, SCANDAL, ONE OK ROCK, Flumpool

The full playlist in relative chronological order:


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