PortadaGruposSe habla deMásVisión actual
Buscar En Este Sitio
Este sitio utiliza cookies para ofrecer nuestros servicios, mejorar el rendimiento, para análisis y (si no está registrado) para publicidad. Al usar LibraryThing reconoces que has leído y comprendido nuestros Términos de Servicio y Política de Privacidad. Su uso del sitio y de los servicios está sujeto a estas políticas y términos.
Hide this

Resultados de Google Books

Pulse en una miniatura para ir a Google Books.

Cargando...

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories (2018)

por Yukiko Motoya

Otros autores: Ver la sección otros autores.

MiembrosReseñasPopularidadValoración promediaMenciones
1237172,393 (3.69)2
"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 won't come out of the fitting room, and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her spouse'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 find a doorway to liberation. The English-language debut of one of Japan's most fearlessly inventive young writers" -- Back cover.… (más)
Cargando...

Inscríbete en LibraryThing para averiguar si este libro te gustará.

No hay Conversaciones actualmente sobre este libro.

» Ver también 2 menciones

Mostrando 1-5 de 7 (siguiente | mostrar todos)
It’s a very odd book. The was that the author combines these Japanese myths into day to day life is extremely unique and well written. It is a wonderful translation and an amazing peek into the world of the authors mind. ( )
  mrortiz | Jun 7, 2021 |
The lonesone bodybuilder: ***
Fitting room: ***
Typhoon: **
I called you by name: ***
An exotic marriage: *****
Paprika jiro: ****
How to burden a girl: ****
The women: ****
Q&A: ***
The dogs: *****
The straw husband: ***** ( )
  Pedrocouto | Oct 14, 2020 |
This new translation was at times fun and unique. The Akutagawa Prize winning story "An Exotic Marriage," was a magical realist masterwork, but the other stories burned very dimly by comparison. The author writes in a style similar to Kelly Link, I thought, but with fewer fantasy elements.
There are a lot of literary gimmicks, some morbid jokes inserted haphazardly, and plenty of dark irony. I would not elevate the collection as a whole to the clean mastery of Yoko Ogawa but it has the scattered brilliance of a Joy Williams collection, with some ideas that really stretch the suspension of disbelief.
If Motoya has one thing on her side, it is the element of surprise. She's another contender coming out of Japan with a yearbook photo on the back cover, witty and intelligent and ruthless, like Ogawa and Banana, and Mieko and Hiromi Kawakami. These writers sprout up and laugh in the faces of the traditional old farts like Kenzaburo Oe. I recommend picking this one up and giving it a whirl. ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
This collection was generally entertaining with interesting story premises, but it was all surface and no depth. The prose was also pretty pedestrian and would have benefitted from tighter editing. Overall feeling was meh. ( )
  AshLaz | Jan 24, 2020 |
Already much heralded in her native japan, Yukiko Motoya gets a first-ever English translation and we finally get to see why she has already received numerous literary awards. These 11 stories in the collection are ambiguous, surreal, and sometimes downright disturbing. As the collection progresses the stories become increasingly fantastical and, as good literature should, they make you think, not just ‘what the heck did I just read?’ but also ‘what does it actually mean?’

Many of the stories focus on, and are narrated by, women. Many look at relationships and marriage and, by extension, examine the role of women in modern Japanese society. From a wife who decides to become a bodybuilder, to men challenged by their partners to a duel to liven up their relationship, to a woman out jogging with her husband who just happens to be made of straw… Each story looks at moments of shifts in a relationship, moments of release or freedom. The longest story in the collection, ‘An Exotic Marriage’, involves a couple who literally change shape as their relationship develops, until he spontaneously explodes and turns into a flower, which the wife then plants in a peaceful mountain setting (there is an equally strange sub-plot involving a neighbour and a cat). Other stories, however, have a much darker tone, with violence, death, and incest all making an appearance. Motoya certainly covers a lot of ground in quite a short collection!

Some stories work better than others, but all of them made me think. I’m still trying to figure out a few of the stories, but that’s no bad thing if a book resonates long after you put it down. The translation seems to be excellent, and there are certainly echoes of other great names in Japanese literature (Murakami being the one most people will have read) - but Motoya proves that she has her own unique voice and vision. Yes, definitely a book to recommend – one that will take you out of your comfort zone. I can’t wait to see what appears next from this author.

(With thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for an ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.) ( )
  Alan.M | Apr 16, 2019 |
Mostrando 1-5 de 7 (siguiente | mostrar todos)
sin reseñas | añadir una reseña

» Añade otros autores

Nombre del autorRolTipo de autor¿Trabajo?Estado
Yukiko Motoyaautor principaltodas las edicionescalculado
Yoneda, AsaTraductorautor principalalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Debes iniciar sesión para editar los datos de Conocimiento Común.
Para más ayuda, consulta la página de ayuda de Conocimiento Común.
Título canónico
Título original
Títulos alternativos
Fecha de publicación original
Personas/Personajes
Lugares importantes
Eventos importantes
Películas relacionadas
Premios y honores
Información del conocimiento común inglés. Edita para encontrar en tu idioma.
Epígrafe
Dedicatoria
Primeras palabras
Citas
Últimas palabras
Aviso de desambigüedad
Editores
Blurbistas
Idioma original
DDC/MDS Canónico

Referencias a esta obra en fuentes externas.

Wikipedia en inglés

Ninguno

"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 won't come out of the fitting room, and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her spouse'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 find a doorway to liberation. The English-language debut of one of Japan's most fearlessly inventive young writers" -- Back cover.

No se han encontrado descripciones de biblioteca.

Descripción del libro
Resumen Haiku

Enlaces rápidos

Cubiertas populares

Valoración

Promedio: (3.69)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 11
3.5 2
4 14
4.5 2
5 5

¿Este eres tú?

Conviértete en un Autor de LibraryThing.

 

Acerca de | Contactar | LibraryThing.com | Privacidad/Condiciones | Ayuda/Preguntas frecuentes | Blog | Tienda | APIs | TinyCat | Bibliotecas de Figuras Notables | Primeros Reseñadores | Conocimiento Común | 159,024,569 libros! | Barra superior: Siempre visible