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Bicycle Days: A Novel

Schwartz, John Burnham

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ISBN 10: 0671666002 / ISBN 13: 9780671666002
Published by Summit Books, 1989
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Title: Bicycle Days: A Novel

Publisher: Summit Books

Publication Date: 1989

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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This novel describes the arrival in Tokyo of a young graduate from Harvard University and his adjustment to living with a Japanese family. The writing evokes the atmosphere of fast-moving, high-tech urban Japan in contrast to the beauty and tranquility of the countryside.

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ern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity. For only in Tokyo could an impressionable young man fresh out of college find, in one stroke, a new job, a new family, and a society that lavishes attention on Japanese-speaking gaijin. Yet, even as Alec claims a place in this new world, he is haunted by memories of the one he left behind—a world once infinitely secure but which disintegrated with the breakup of his parents' marriage.

In this incandescently observed novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to one of the most appealing protagonists in contemporary fiction while enchanting them with the keenness of his eye and the aptness of his voice. Through its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing trip of Zen-like serenity; a night at a sex club where giggling businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the laughing mother who taught Alec to ride a bicycle; the beautiful sad Japanese woman who teaches him how to lov

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