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The Lonesome Bodybuilder
The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories | Yukiko Motoya
9 posts | 11 read | 17 to read
I wish I could live inside a Yukiko Motoya book. Her perception and wisdom make the everyday experience feel magical and weird and the strangest experience seem strangely familiar. Etgar Keret A housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique, which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A boy waits at a bus stop, mocking commuters struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon, until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying. A saleswoman in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who wont come out of the fitting room, and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her spouses features are beginning to slide around his face to match her own. In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alienand find a doorway to liberation. The English-language debut of one of Japans most fearlessly inventive young writers.
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DePaepe
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Sometime absurd and humorous, sometimes surreal and magical, at times having a touch of horror, the stories in this book made the bus rides to and from work a lot more enjoyable this week. A nice weird collection.

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Cinfhen
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#WanderingJune Thank you Google... I typed in #BigInJapan and these titles appeared...and I‘m curious about all of them. I sense quirkiness in Japanese fiction.

erzascarletbookgasm Some great reads there, I‘ll like to explore more of these authors. 👍 7mo
BarbaraBB Agreeing with @erzascarletbookgasm. I loooove Japanese fiction. 7mo
LeeRHarry Same here, too many interesting Japanese authors too little time! 😏 7mo
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Cinfhen Last year for #Booked2018 we read #JapaneseThriller(s) which were really atmospheric,dark and compelling. I‘d love to explore #Japanesefiction now @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry I recently read this book. It was strange and unsettling 7mo
alanacristin Really loved Convenience Store Woman 😍 recently read and recommend 7mo
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen ooh I have this on my TBR 😊 I can recommend the tagged book, great author name! 😆 7mo
Reggie I loved Snakes and Earrings and this is weird to say but The Lonesome Bodybuilder was too out there for me. 7mo
TrishB Too out there for @Reggie my mind boggles!! 7mo
Reggie @TrishB lol, it happens. 7mo
Cinfhen I had that same thought @TrishB #NotPossible @Reggie 😘 7mo
Cinfhen I read your tagged book recently @alanacristin it was endearing in a strange way. I‘ll have to check out your suggestion @LeeRHarry 😊 7mo
DebinHawaii A great looking stack. Kitchen is a favorite of mine and yes it is quirky. 😉I really liked Convenience Store Woman--unsettling & strange but good. 6mo
Hooked_on_books Based on this picture, looks like a lot of women writing. That‘s awesome. 6mo
Cinfhen I hadn‘t noticed, but you‘re right @Hooked_on_books that is awesome 💪🏼💄 (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen Kitchen definitely caught my eye @DebinHawaii 6mo
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BookNAround
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Ozzie and I have a rockin‘ Saturday night planned. I‘m sleepy already so going to pick up this book of short stories in hopes I don‘t lose plot threads in my exhaustion.

LauraJ Looks fun to me! 🎉 7mo
Dragon 😻 7mo
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MEGR
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Pickpick

Huh.... These short stories are engrossing and REALLY different. Many of them center around a woman maintaining her identity at work or in a relationship. They are fantastical and full of symbolism. I liked some stories more than others. I felt like I was soooo close to understanding some of the symbols in the book, but often times wished I was reading this with a group or a class so that I could hear what others thought.

erzascarletbookgasm I have this stacked under an alternative title 😊 8mo
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MEGR
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I recently started back at the gym. I grabbed a book from my stack and it wasn‘t until a few minutes into my workout 🏋🏽‍♀️ I realized how “aligned” my reading choice was 😂...and no, I am not a bodybuilder. 🤣

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mydearwatson
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Pickpick

If you're a fan of Japanese literature or weird, abrupt stories, you'll probably enjoy this collection.

(full review at https://mydearwatsonbooks.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/the-lonesome-bodybuilder-stor...)

(picture from #goodreads)

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mreads
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Mehso-so

Short story collection translated from the Japanese. Slightly odd and off center which I like but still felt like I was missing something. I'm not feeling to bad about that since Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe, needed to do a reread before blurbing the book.

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m.galehuxley
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This book was fun, funny, and strange. I‘d like to read more by this author. The translation, however, seemed a bit...stiff? That could be style of writing, though.

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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

These unique stories filled with magical realism take a tongue-in-cheek look at the relationships between men and women. The stories can seem weird at first, but once you get used to the author‘s sly humor this is a great read. 4⭐️ On #hoopla

readordierachel This sounds right up my alley. #stacked 13mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel Hope you enjoy it! 13mo
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