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Japanese girl gangs addicted to tea...Sullen middle school boys and the parents who ignore them...Teachers obsessed with The Carpenters...Cartoon robots teaching democracy... Welcome to the world of teaching English in Japan. Embrace Your Insignificance is the blow-by-blow chronicles of Bob Gaulke, an anxious thirty-something American trying to fake his way through a culture that fascinates and exhausts him. Gaulke recounts his three years of strange encounters and cultural misconnections in a style of reportage that is entertaining, oblique, and surprisingly illuminating.

Review:

"Bob Gaulke's Japan teaching diary reads with surreal simplicity — but its effectiveness lies in the fact that there's nothing at all simple or surreal in the events he describes. Well-observed and frequently hilarious, Gaulke's narrative throws readers into the culture-shocked sense of confusion and uncertainty that comes with an East Asian sojourn." Rolf Potts, author of Marco Polo Didn't Go There

Review:

"This addictive book kept me from doing anything else — work, laundry, speaking to my family — until I'd finish it. With a laugh on every page, Gaulke's direct, disarming style captures the funny, strange, and muted lunacy of Japan in a way that few other writers manage." Chuck Thompson, author of Smile When You're Lying

Synopsis:

Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. East Asia Studies. Travel Writing. Japanese girl gangs addicted to tea... Sullen middle school boys and the parents who ignore them... Teachers obsessed with The Carpenters... Cartoon robots teaching democracy... Welcome to the world of teaching English in Japan. EMBRACE YOUR INSIGNIFICANCE is the blow-by-blow chronicles of Bob Gaulke, an anxious thirty-something American trying to fake his way through a culture that fascinates and exhausts him. Gaulke recounts his three years of strange encounters and cultural misconnections in a style of reportage that is entertaining, oblique, and surprisingly illuminating.

About the Author

Bob Gaulke is a musician, teacher, and the author of The Nervous Tourist: One American's Adventures in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He currently lives in the Bronx.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781892061348
Author:
Gaulke, bob
Publisher:
Future Tense Books
Author:
Gaulke, Bob
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Travel-Japan
Subject:
General Transportation
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
124
Dimensions:
8.00x5.00x.27 in. .32 lbs.

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Product details 124 pages FUTURE TENSE PRESS - English 9781892061348 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bob Gaulke's Japan teaching diary reads with surreal simplicity — but its effectiveness lies in the fact that there's nothing at all simple or surreal in the events he describes. Well-observed and frequently hilarious, Gaulke's narrative throws readers into the culture-shocked sense of confusion and uncertainty that comes with an East Asian sojourn."
"Review" by , "This addictive book kept me from doing anything else — work, laundry, speaking to my family — until I'd finish it. With a laugh on every page, Gaulke's direct, disarming style captures the funny, strange, and muted lunacy of Japan in a way that few other writers manage."
"Synopsis" by , Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. East Asia Studies. Travel Writing. Japanese girl gangs addicted to tea... Sullen middle school boys and the parents who ignore them... Teachers obsessed with The Carpenters... Cartoon robots teaching democracy... Welcome to the world of teaching English in Japan. EMBRACE YOUR INSIGNIFICANCE is the blow-by-blow chronicles of Bob Gaulke, an anxious thirty-something American trying to fake his way through a culture that fascinates and exhausts him. Gaulke recounts his three years of strange encounters and cultural misconnections in a style of reportage that is entertaining, oblique, and surprisingly illuminating.
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