Twenty years after coming to America to escape the debacle at home, Wolf is in the middle of a successful career when a thought trips him up: What if he dies at forty? After one decade in survival mode and another decade in success mode, what’s his purpose now? Stunned, he quits his job and goes to France to open himself up to new possibilities. But instead of answers, he finds Izumi. Her bubbly enthusiasm about Japan grips him; the idea of Asia fascinates him. And during their one night together, he decides to visit her in Tokyo. But the journey doesn’t go in a straight line.
BIG LIKE is the startling, funny, and culturally intense account of an almost regular guy who ends up on a deliciously slippery slope. When he makes it to Tokyo, he smacks into Japan’s insular culture, impenetrable language, and obsession with unspoken rules. He struggles with inscrutable complexities: love hotels, packed trains, Korean roommates, irresistible food. Everything is hard. That’s the backdrop to the confounding experience of a gaijin who wants to roam the world but gets tangled up with a Japanese girl. And the slippery slope turns into a life-changing odyssey.
Author: Wolf Richter
Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Number of items: 1
Number of pages: 262
Product group: Book
Studio: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform