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The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories By Yukiko Motoya The Lonesome Bodybuilder Stories 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 businessmen struggling to keep their umbrella
  • Title: The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories
  • Author: Yukiko Motoya
  • ISBN: 1593766785
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories By Yukiko Motoya 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 businessmen struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won t come out 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 businessmen struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won t come out of the fitting room and who may or may not be human A newlywed notices that her husband s 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 alien and, through it, find a way to liberation The English language debut of one of Japan s most fearlessly inventive young writers Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 224 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Soft Skull Press first published November 1st 2018 More Details ISBN 1593766785 ISBN13 9781593766788 Edition Language English Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Lonesome Bodybuilder, please s
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    1. These surreal yet grounded stories are exactly my kind of thing.Many start in the mundane a happy or unhappy marriage, a scene at work One strange but believable thing happens, then something a bit odd, until Motoya leads you down a path to the absolutely absurd It s ridiculous, but you can t imagine the story spinning out any other way.Themes include knowing yourself, how we are changed by contact with other people, and the place of women in Japanese society Even so than in the W These surreal [...]


    2. 4.19 Stars I decided to rate each individual story in this collection The author used magical realism to create modern fairytales around the complex feelings of womenhood The translator did a lovely job with this one, and it included modern slang terms which a less talented translator might have gotten slightly wrong.The Lonesome Bodybuilder5 5 Excellent story about a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage She decides to become a bodybuilder Fitting Room 5 5 A mysterious customer is in the 4.19 St [...]


    3. There s weird and then there s Oh my goodness, what the heck did I just read weird The stories collected in Yukiko Motoya s The Lonesome Bodybuilder belong to the latter group.These stories are incisive explorations of domestic life fraught with tension and out of left field bizarre field trips into the dark woods of the mind.Immersive, captivating, I can t get enough of Yukiko Motoya


    4. 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.


    5. A mixed bag of stories The common themes include marriage, gender dynamics, loneliness and intimacy Most stories have a magical realism twist as well people turn into flowers, people fly away in umbrellas While some stories are bizarre, some are excellent because of the way they deal with human psychology An Exotic marriage There are 11 stories in the collection Some of the stories stood out than the others Here are my favs Favourites 5 stars The Lonesome body builder A favour A mixed bag of sto [...]


    6. For fans of the modern stylings of Haruki Murakami, Etgar Keret, Carmen Maria Machado, Karen Russell, and Kelly Link, comes another uniquely brilliant voice in short fiction, and one we are lucky to have.Most of the stories here center around themes of gender and power dynamics, as well as the problems, loneliness, and loss of true feelings and intimacy that can go along with being in relationships Motoya has a strangely specific ability to find a very realistic situation, like a married couple [...]


    7. I was utterly riveted by Motoya s short stories I am not much of a short story reader and am very picky about those I do read But I have found I really enjoy Asian fiction, so I was curious to read The Lonesome Bodybuilder Motoya s stories are weird, but not a disturbing or uncomfortable weird More like an engrossing blend of the human mundane and surreal minutia which fluctuates and grows as the story progresses There is nothing lost in translation The writing is succinct and sharp no fl I was [...]


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