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A bittersweet tale, I was charmed. ( )
  roger_mexico | Sep 11, 2009 |
I normally wouldn't have picked out this book, but some things just happen. It all started when the other day while driving in the city, I overheard someone on the radio reading from a novel (they do this on national radio here). It was just a brief passage somewhere in the middle of the story, and there was nothing significant going on, but there was something seductive about it -- I guess it was the implied consciousness of the first-person account. A few days later, I looked up the rad...more I normally wouldn't have picked out this book, but some things just happen. It all started when the other day while driving in the city, I overheard someone on the radio reading from a novel (they do this on national radio here). It was just a brief passage somewhere in the middle of the story, and there was nothing significant going on, but there was something seductive about it -- I guess it was the implied consciousness of the first-person account. A few days later, I looked up the radio schedule on the Internet and found the name of the book: *'Tuvalu'*, by Andrew O'Connor. Then a week or so after that I happened to be in the university book store here, and thought I'd check their fiction shelves. They had a copy of it. Once I started reading it – it's a story about an
alienated young Westerner living in Japan – I immediately found myself lured into the same narrative rhythm that had hooked me earlier while listening to the radio.

It didn't let me down, either. This is destined to become a
classic eventually – an absolute must read. ( )
  mkp | Aug 24, 2009 |
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Meet Noah Tuttle. Aimlessly living his life in a cheap, rundown hostel in Tokyo. He teaches mediocre English to disinterested students, sleeps with his girlfriend when she's around and drinks beer when he can afford it, and generally avoids other people and their expectations.… (more)

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