By John Burnham Schwartz
Whilst Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of chance. for under in Tokyo may an impressionable younger guy clean out of school locate, in a single stroke, a brand new activity, a brand new kin, and a society that lavishes consciousness on Japanese-speaking gaijin. but, whilst Alec claims a spot during this new international, he's haunted via stories of the single he left behind—a international 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 mesmerizing 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 guffawing businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the guffawing mom who taught Alec to trip a bicycle; the attractive unhappy eastern girl who teaches him the right way to love—Bicycle Days surprises, strikes, and enlightens us as only a few books do.
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Electronic signs indicated a train’s departure from the previous station, while uniformed men with white gloves shouted out the final approach. Everyone stood close together, mopping their foreheads with multicolored handkerchiefs. And they read: newspapers, magazines, novels; violent, erotic comics bound in thick paperback volumes. And then the next train was there, doors hissing open to unleash another wave of people. Those getting off surged forward, fighting to make it through the doors, almost running directly into the wall of people waiting to board the train.
She wore a striped knee-length dress that looked brand-new. And black knee socks. ” “Yes,” he said. ” The girl made many rapid sounds after that, but Alec didn’t recognize any of them. He gathered his bags and followed her inside. On the landing, shoes were neatly lined up against the wall. He tried to untie his high-tops while still standing. The girl laughed at him but clamped her hand over her mouth as soon as he looked at her. A white miniature poodle came running down the short hallway and jumped on him.
Alec continued to cry, but he was patient, too, as though time might wait for him. He noticed that the sidewalk was dirty. And then he noticed a pair of gray pants coming toward him—a suit that looked soft, like his father’s. The pants led to a pair of black shoes that looked shiny but old, as if they had been worn many times before. Alec raised his eyes and saw the face of a man who looked about the same age as his father. The face had the warmth he wanted, and he stepped in front of the man, but couldn’t speak when he tried, because he was crying too hard.
Bicycle Days by John Burnham Schwartz