By John Burnham Schwartz
Whilst Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of chance. for under in Tokyo may possibly an impressionable younger guy clean out of faculty locate, in a single stroke, a brand new task, a brand new kin, and a society that lavishes cognizance on Japanese-speaking gaijin. but, whilst Alec claims a spot during this new global, he's haunted through thoughts of the single he left behind—a global as soon as infinitely safe yet which disintegrated with the breakup of his mom and dad' marriage.In this incandescently saw novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to at least one of the main beautiful protagonists in modern fiction whereas enthralling them with the fervour of his eye and the aptness of his voice. via its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing journey of Zen-like serenity; an evening at a intercourse membership the place laughing businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the guffawing mom who taught Alec to experience a bicycle; the gorgeous unhappy eastern lady who teaches him how one can love—Bicycle Days surprises, strikes, and enlightens us as only a few books do.
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Alec motioned to his own Japanese-style breakfast. ” Mrs. Hasegawa came bustling in from the kitchen and set down a dish of fried shrimp in front of Alec. “Please eat,” she said. “Thank you. It looks delicious,” he said, already full. She sat down across from him. ” “It is in Toranomon. ” “Eh? Toranomon? It is a very good area—the best for business. Your company must be very important. Yes? Eh! Good. You will take the subway to Toranomon like a Japanese. My friend, Yoshimura-san, will go with you today.
The Hiroshima Carp were leading the Hanshin Tigers by a score of 3–2. The Tigers were at bat. A burly American with a beard stepped up to the plate. ” Yoshi said. ” “He is fat,” Alec said. “He is strong,” Yoshi said. Hiroshi looked up from his food. “That’s Por-ta. He is American. ” Mr. Hasegawa laughed loudly, showing the food in his mouth. “Alec-san is very funny. ” Mrs. Hasegawa and Yukiko sat down at the table. Alec noticed that his underwear was showing. He pulled again at the hem of his yukata.
A barbershop pole encased in Plexiglas stood in front, revolving intermittently, as though wounded. They got out of the car. Mr. Hasegawa grunted again as the central locking system operated with a quiet whirr. Alec looked at him across the hood, at the bristly outlines of his crewcut. He ran his fingers through his own hair, suddenly afraid of what might happen to it. He liked hair—it felt human. Bristles were for hedgehogs. As they approached the barbershop, Alec saw that it was more dilapidated than he had thought.
Bicycle Days by John Burnham Schwartz