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A Ride In The Neon Sun: A Gaijin in Japan Paperback – 26 Aug 2004
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Fast paced and humorous, Josie Dew's sometimes absurd experiences riding through Japan are delightfully recorded in A ride in the Neon Sun. Cycle enthusiast or not, anyone considering a trip to Japan would do well to prepare themselves with this book. A Ride in the Neon Sun, informative and coupled with the author's social observations, provides the reader with a true picture of a country and its people. Josie Dew embraces the culture of Japan in a whirlwind Tour de Nippon, told from the saddle of her bicycle.
For the tested Far-Eastern traveller or the tourist ready to venture further afield, A Ride in the Neon Sun is an eye-opening account of a " 'Gaijin', (foreigner) in Japan." Dew's social observations are honest and detailed. Her appreciation and acceptance of the bizarre epitomise the open-mindedness with which one must explore different cultures. Dew takes us on a wonderful yet wacky trip around Japan. She does not simply list the events as they happen, but instead explains the Whys?, Whens? and Hows?.
From Tokyo to Yokohama, armed with an ineffectual phrasebook including key conversation pieces such as: "Well, by gosh, I am from Missouri" and her trusty bicycle, the reader is introduced to all that is Japan. A Ride in the Neon Sun is set to follow in the successful slipstream of her previous books, The Wind in My Wheels, (Shortlisted for the 1992 British Books Travel Writer of the Year Award.) and Travels in a Strange State. --Jon Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Josie Dew's efforts pay off, enabling you to freewheel effortlessly through this riveting country (TIME OUT)
It is her well-developed sense of the ridiculous which makes her adventures so entertaining.'TODAY ('Her writing is witty, sharp and sparkles with vitality.'THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
A female Bill Bryson...A RIDE IN THE NEON SUN is full of delights (TLS)
Entertaining...Josie Dew has an eye for the absurd, and she found it aplenty in the fascinatingly diverse culture of Japan (IRISH NEWS)
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So why did I read 'A Ride in the Neon Sun'? My grandmother happened upon this book and said it was very funny. Funny? Travel writing? Having an interest in Japan, I thought I'd get a copy.
This book is stunningly well written. It goes into just enough detail, and Dew make many witty observations about Japan. True, she occassionally uses the same jokes over and over again, but the books feels like a journey. It feels like you are exploring Japan with Ms Dew, and her very English sense of humour. She only reiterates what you would really notice over-and-over again.
Basically, whether or not you like travel, this book is a must-read. I sat giggling at this book on the bus, at the bus stop, at lunch, waiting in the street. Anywhere I could read it. And it's lasted well too.
Amazing. Possibly one of the best books I've read for several years now.
My wife is Japanese and I have been learning the language for some years now so I would say that I know a fair bit about the culture. I found Josies views on the country and its people rather patronising. She comes across as very ignorant with the observations she makes.
Japan has a very rich and complex culture which Josie barely scratches the surface of, opting instead for the smart quips and fun making of the way the people speak English. As I mentioned, this is amusing at the beginning but grows very tiring after a while. There seems to be little to no attempt to actually understand the country or its people and pretty much a constant stream of how funny and strange these people are. Also, from reading this book the reader might be lead to believe that the country is a rather dirty and run down place which couldn't be further from the truth.
Having said all this, the book does deliver towards the end and in the final hundred and fifty pages she actually writes with real sincerity of the meetings she has with various characters. I'm glad that I persevered with it as I really did enjoy the final third of the book.
Aside from the irritating humour the main problem with the book is that it's too long. Im not sure why the editor didn't cut a lot out of the middle as the repetition is very irritating at times. The countless times (literally hundreds) that she uses the phrase "Ah so desu ka?" or the word gaijin is unbelievable and quite how the editor did not trim this down is beyond me. Yes, we know you're from a foreign land Josie - is it really necessary to use the word on almost every page?
I have given the book three stars as it does have some genuinely interesting points but I would say to anyone who has been to Japan not to bother as it will most likely annoy you. For people with no experience of the country or culture I'm sure that you will enjoy it.
I would strongly recommend reading Alan Booths books if you are interested in Japan as these are truly great accounts of the country and not the shallow affair that you get with Josie Dews offering.
From what my daughter has told me and after reading the book, I am compelled to say that the book is an excellent guide to this strange culture. For anyone considering going to Japan and wondering what lies ahead, this is an accurate reflection of the Japanese people.
I found it informative, witty and a great read. This is my first Josie Dew book and I will be looking for more.
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