Review: Motions and Moments By Michael Pronko

 Title: Motions and Moments
Author: Michael Pronko
Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
ISBN:  978-1-942410-08-9
Genre:Non- Fiction
Pages: 276
Source: OnlineBookClub
Rating: 2.5/5

About the Author: Michael Pronko works as a professor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. He writes and presents about adaptations, novels, critical thinking and jazz for academic journals.He also runs his own website about the intense jazz scene in Tokyo and Yokohama. He was born in Kansas City- a very different world from tokyo. He studies philosophy at college. He lived in Beijing, China for three years and Now he lives in western Tokyo.

About the Book: Motions and Moments is the third book by the Author  Michael Pronko on Tokyo’s life. These 42 new essays  are written on the  basis of Pronko’s 18 years living, writing and teaching in Tokyo, These essays show Author’s detailed research on Tokyoite’s work, commute, eat, dressing sense and sleep with the insights of city’s odd structures and tangled pleasures.

My Say : If somebody give me a chance to rename this book I would like call it ‘To Tokyo with Love’ because this book shows the immense love of Author for his beloved city Tokyo. Thanks to the Author, Now I know a lot of things about Tokyo. From  the Tokyoite’s obsession with English slogan T – shirts to ‘ fitting things in’ to  a coffee shops with names carved on the walls to a great jazz bar; While reading the book I felt like I was there in the Tokyo City. Now  I feel like I have just completed a small research on Tokyo City. Author has sprinkled Japanese words through out the book but thankfully they didn’t interrupt the flow of reading. I liked all the essays but the explanatory section of  aftereffects of the 2011 earthquake and the’ Ugliest City in the world’ were my favourites among all.

Somewhere in the mid of the book;  I got fed up with the overdose of Tokyo word and I got irritated with the repetitiveness of one word again and again. I found few technical errors too but they can be ignored as it happens with many authors and publishers. This book actually focuses on a specific audience and its definitely not meant for only fiction lovers. With few noticeable flaws I also found this book an average read up. I recommend this book if you want to know about the Tokyo city and you are a non – fiction lover.

Motions and Moments

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