Bicycle Days by John Burnham Schwartz

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 activity, a brand new kin, and a society that lavishes consciousness on Japanese-speaking gaijin. but, while Alec claims a spot during this new international, he's haunted by way of stories 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 1 of the main attractive protagonists in modern fiction whereas captivating them with the zeal 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 attractive unhappy jap lady who teaches him how you can love—Bicycle Days surprises, strikes, and enlightens us as only a few books do.

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Looking at his brother, Alec felt none of the flush of pride that came to him when told that he looked like his mother. He felt only that there would always be someone older and bigger than he was, someone to stand between him and the wider, more important world. They fought constantly. It was a large, sprawling apartment, and Alec made use of it in trying to escape to safety. There were times when he would hit Mark and start running before he had even finished his swing, his heart beating so fast that it hurt.

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. ” She held up two fingers. “Do you understand, Alec-san?

He looked at Mr. Hasegawa’s crewcut, at the little spots of scalp shining through. ” Mr. Hasegawa grunted. “Your hair is long. I will take you to my barber. ” Yoshi laughed, reached over, and rubbed the top of his father’s head. ” “He needs to change his diet,” Mrs. Hasegawa suggested. “Then he will have less hair. The Japanese have the best diet in the world. ” Everyone agreed. The baseball game ended, and players from both teams greeted each other on the field. Alec was thankful that the family’s attention could for the moment be focused on something other than his hair.

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