The Island of Bicycle Dancers

The Island of Bicycle Dancers

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Baker & Taylor
Taking a job away from her home in Japan to work in New York, Korean-Japanese Yurika Song struggles to improve her English, sort out her identity as a woman of mixed ethnicity, and manage a romance with her Puerto Rican boyfriend.

McMillan Palgrave
Love, sex, death....and English as a foreign language.

The Island of Bicycle Dancers is the coming-of-age-story of twenty-year-old Yurika Song, a Korean-Japanese woman who comes from Japan to New York City for a summer to work with her Korean relatives and improve her English. Yurika's friends back home have always joked that she is half-sushi/half-kim-chi. But cross-Asian ethnicities turn out to be far less jarring than her introduction to New York life, the world of bicycle messengers and the street culture in which they thrive.

On one level this is a splendid tale of mistaken love-Yurika falls hard for an attractive, but dangerous, Puerto Rican bicycle messenger nicknamed "Bone." But on another, deeper level, our heroine finds freedom in this new language, which to her "is like a huge octopus, very clever and sometimes hard to catch but with so many wild and beautiful writhing limbs."


Holtzbrinck
Love, sex, death....and English as a foreign language.

The Island of Bicycle Dancers is the coming-of-age-story of twenty-year-old Yurika Song, a Korean-Japanese woman who comes from Japan to New York City for a summer to work with her Korean relatives and improve her English. Yurika's friends back home have always joked that she is half-sushi/half-kim-chi. But cross-Asian ethnicities turn out to be far less jarring than her introduction to New York life, the world of bicycle messengers and the street culture in which they thrive.

On one level this is a splendid tale of mistaken love-Yurika falls hard for an attractive, but dangerous, Puerto Rican bicycle messenger nicknamed "Bone." But on another, deeper level, our heroine finds freedom in this new language, which to her "is like a huge octopus, very clever and sometimes hard to catch but with so many wild and beautiful writhing limbs."


Blackwell North Amer
The Island of Bicycle Dancers is the coming-of-age story of twenty-year-old Yurika Song, a Korean-Japanese woman who comes from Japan to New York City for the summer to work with her Korean relatives and improve her English. Yurika's friends back home have always joked that she is half-sushi and half-kimchi. But cross-Asian ethnicities turn out to be far less jarring than her introduction to New York City life, especially the world of bicycle messengers and the street culture in which they thrive.
On one level this is a splendid tale of mistaken love - Yurika falls hard for an attractive but dangerous Puerto Rican bicycle messenger nicknamed Bone. But on another, deeper level, our heroine finds freedom in this new language, which to her "is like a huge octopus, very clever and sometimes hard to catch but with so many wild and beautiful writing limbs."

Baker
& Taylor

Taking a summer job away from her home in Japan to work for relatives in New York City, twenty-year-old Korean-Japanese Yurika Song struggles to improve her command of the English language, sort out her identity as a woman of mixed ethnicity, and manage a romance with her Puerto Rican boyfriend. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312312459
0312312458
Branch Call Number: F ADA
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 31, 2010

This is not only the best book about urban cycling and bikes I have ever read, it's also a wonderfully engaging and intelligent novel that present funny and insightful observations on intercultural dialogue and the English language. Great characters too. Loved it!

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