あん 👵🏻 - Week 6 (Intermediate Book Club)

あん :older_woman:t2: Week 6

Week 6 29th of July 2023
Start Page 72
End Page 91
Chapters 11 and 12
Pages 20
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Discussion Guidelines

Everybody should feel free to post and ask questions–it’s what makes book clubs fun! But please do not post until you are familiar with Spoiler Courtesy!

Spoiler Courtesy

Please follow these rules to avoid inadvertent ネタバレ. If you’re unsure whether something should have a spoiler tag, err on the side of using one.

  1. Any potential spoiler for the current week’s reading need only be covered by a spoiler tag. Predictions and conjecture made by somebody who has not read ahead still falls into this category.
  2. Any potential spoilers for external sources need to be covered by a spoiler tag and include a label (outside of the spoiler tag) of what might be spoiled. These include but are not limited to: other book club picks, other books, games, movies, anime, etc. I recommend also tagging the severity of the spoiler (for example, I may still look at minor spoilers for something that I don’t intend to read soon).
  3. Any information from later in the book than the current week’s reading (including trigger warnings that haven’t yet manifested) needs to be hidden by spoiler tags and labeled as coming from later sections.
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Proper Nouns

Feel free to add to this as new characters / places get introduced throughout the book.

Name Reading Notes
辻井千太郎 つじいせんたろう Main character
吉井徳江 よしいとくえ Main character

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As usual, I needed to reread Chapter 11 a second time —mostly skimmed it the second time though.

Chapter 11

I thought Tokue was upset at the kids who asked about her hand, but then she later seemed to defend them. Still didn’t quite get that on the second read. If she wasn’t noticing upset about it, why didn’t the kid come back, I wonder.

Chapter 12 was much easier except for the medical jargon, of course, which I mostly just looked up as best effort.

Chapter 12

Well, I didn’t expect that…

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Chapter 11

I might also need to reread this bit, but from what I understood, she wasn’t particularly upset (well, not happy either) - she just didn’t want to go into further details about her illness, which she is still hiding. The way she talked probably seemed a bit short, which made Wakana realise that she probably was going a bit too far, and as a consequence, perhaps she felt embarrassed (from the description, she seems to be a bit more serious compared to the other girls from the group). Tokue probably realised that the girl didn’t mean to cause any harm from the question (it came out of curiosity), and probably felt a bit of sympathy towards her, which I believe is why she defended her. Perhaps she sees herself a bit in the girl as well, who knows?

I’m still half-way through chapter 12, but I’m dying to finish it and start a discussion :sweat_smile: we’re finally getting some important revelations here!

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Chapter 11

I agree with @snowwater here, I think this is what happened. I am interested to see how their relationship will evolve, since I guess she is on the cover, but I might be completely off.

I will read ahead a bit this week, since I won’t have the book with me next week~

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Chapter 12 was interesting! And I learned a few things about leprosy/Hansen disease that I didn’t know, like for example that it isn’t (easily) contagious (or that it’s called Hansen disease). So it looks like Tokue is not a danger to anyone, but they will almost certainly have to deal with prejudice. And in a food establishment, this is a more sensitive matter than elsewhere.

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Join us for Week 7 - I’m curious to see how the story will progress!

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