Author: Keiichiro Hirano

Narrator: Brian Nishii

Publication Date: April 15, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

Bestselling author Keiichiro Hirano offers a timeless ode to love’s fragility and its resilience in this delicate, award-winning novel.

Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the height of his career when he first lays eyes on journalist Yoko Komine. Their bond forms instantly.

Upon their first meeting, after Makino’s concert in Tokyo, they begin a conversation that will go on for years, with long spells of silence broken by powerful moments of connection. She’s drawn by Makino’s tender music and his sensitivity, and he is intrigued by Yoko’s refinement and intellect. But neither knows enough about love to see it blooming nor has the confidence to make the first move. Will their connection endure, weaving them back together like instruments in a symphony, or will fate lead them apart?

Blending the harmonies of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes and the sensuality of Ian McEwan’s Enduring LoveAt the End of the Matinee is an enchanting and thought-provoking love story.

Book Review

At the End of the Matinee is a unique story about two people that instantly fall in love but then don’t see each other for years. I loved how music was such an important part of the story with Satoshi Makino being a famous guitarist. When he meets Yoko Komino they instantly form a bond but they go years without seeing or talking to each other. The story takes place over years with multiple reunions. Their lives keep drifting apart and coming back together. Can they figure out how to make their love last? Both characters have interesting lives and I enjoyed seeing how their lives progressed throughout the years. At the End of the Matinee is a beautiful story that I definitely recommend.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Brian Nishii and enjoyed his narration. He was the perfect voice for Makino.

Thank you Megan Beatie Communications, Amazon Crossing and Brilliance Audio for At the End of the Matinee.

About the Author

Keiichiro Hirano wrote has written more than 17 novels since his debut work “The Eclipse” for which he won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize at the record age of 23. His deeply psychological fiction deals with profound and universal themes like self-love, relationships and acceptance, and spans from short stories and historical novels to essays, love stories and literary sci-fi. As a cultural envoy to Paris appointed by Japan’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs, he travelled all over Europe giving lectures and many of his books have been translated and are widely read in France, China, Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Egypt. In his widely viewed TED talk, he discusses what it means to really love oneself, arguing that it’s not easy to holistically love ourselves without knowing all our “selves”, good and bad, but we can discover the “self” we like with the help of the person we love. Based around this theme, his latest novel “At the End of the Matinee” was a runaway bestseller in Japan and released as a movie in November, 2019. “A MAN” is the first of his novels to be translated into English. His second title in English “At the End of the Matinee” was released in April 2021.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: At the End of the Matinee

  1. I just got this as an e-book but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Thanks for sharing a review of it! I’m excited to read it after reading your review.


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