Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards.
Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, his cat, and his Siouxsie and the Banshees box set to move to “a tiny, overcrowded island heaving with clever, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”?
In Tokyo, Tim became a “gaijin”, an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these 16 hilarious stories. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected...right when he least expects it.
©2012 Tim Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I had started out getting the Kindle version and was part way through it and when I discovered it was available on Audible I got it quick! Audio books work out so much better for me that I was glad I could switch to the Audible format to hear the rest of the book.
I really enjoyed the story of the author's adventures in Japan. I thought it was an often funny story and would recommend it!
The Audible version is also a great example of how the right reader can really make the story great! He sounds a lot like Mathew McConaughey to me and does great with his accents when he's describing some of the other foreign characters in the story.
I think it's really worth the 'credit'!
Yes. I've decided that when an author embarks on an adventure just to get a book out of it rarely leads to a good book.
I bought this book because I thought I'd learn about Japanese culture and daily life. Rather it was the diary of a down and out 20-something who goes to Japan to teach english. I did not care about his creepy roomates or his employer.
There were a few moments where I did gain some insight into Japanese culture and life.
I do need to admit that I could not finish the book. I tried skipping sections to find something new but every time I did that I landed on more of the same.
This is a fun history of an average guy getting out of a rut in middle America by going to teach English in Japan. If you are interested in Japan and like travel stories, you will probobly enjoy this. Sections are not family friendly, but as the voice of the book is that of a 20 something out on an adventure, that should probobly be expected.
Although the book is light and engaging, the experiences shared by Tim Anderson are very deep and personal. Funny from beginning to end!
Humorous, engaging, fun
Andrews really has a great sense of timing and seemed to "get" the humor of the author. He made the ride more fun.
Takes you on the author's journey as a gay American in Japan. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but found the story interesting and quite often would just burst out laughing while listening. I went away with a greater appreciation of and respect for Japanese culture. Tim Anderson is refreshingly transparent. I enjoyed his life adventure.
"a funny insight to living in Japan"
I picked up this audio book expecting a dry and factual travel story.. thats not what i got at all, its actually a really amusing tale of the authors life in Japan over the course of a year and a half while working as a English Teacher.. our litirary gaijin spins an interesting story of life in a way different from his suburban American roots with tales of psychotic drunken flatmates, strange customs and falling in love with a culture so alien to him.
Ok. you wont learn much in the way of Japanese language or customs from this book but you woll come away with a desire to experience the lifestyle yoursrlf someday.. a highly enjoyable read indeed.
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