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BOOK OF THE MONTH
IMMUNE: A JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERIOUS SYSTEM THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE
Philipp Dettmer
1299

The first book from the creator of the wildly popular science YouTube...(+)

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Angry White Pyjamas
Robert Twigger

Classification : Biography & Memoir
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Phoenix Paperbacks
Page Extent : 320
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780753808580
Price : 575

About the book

Adrift in Tokyo, teaching giggling Japanese highschool girls how to pronounce Tennyson correctly, Robert Twigger came to a revelation about himself: he'd never been fit. In a bid to escape the cockroach infestation and sweaty squalor of a cramped apartment in Fuji Heights, Twigger sets out to cleanse his body and his mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow the author is sucked into the world of Japanese martial arts, and the brutally demanding course of budo training taken by the Tokyo Riot Police, where any ascetic motivation soon comes up against blood-stained dogis and fractured collarbones.


In Angry White Pyjamas Robert Twigger skilfully blends the ancient with the modern ' the ultra-traditionalism, ritual and violence of the dojo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs and scenes of everyday Tokyo life in the twenty-first century ' to provide an entertaining and captivating glimpse of contemporary Japan.


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The most intriguing sports book ever to win the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award>
Twigger vividly captures the wince-inducing physical and emotional trails endured by those who would wear the black belt. But he also offers a rare insight in aikido's peculiarly Darwinian group dynamic and how it fits into modern Japanese society. After this marvellously insightful account I will snigger no more at Steven Segal's po-faced chop-sockey>
Communicates the existential purity of his elective regime with irrepressible passion ... it also has the unmistakable stamp of authentic experience>
Poetry in motion>
Wonderfully oddball ... Here is a cult book all right, which could do for Japan and the martial arts what Hornby did for Highbury and the football terraces>
Brilliant ... everyone should read it>
His explanation of how to come to terms with intense pain should be read to every footballer who has ever writhed about in agony after a kick on the shin... It is a clever, enthralling book>
This is a splendidly written adventure, something sane at last on the craziness of martial arts>
A rattling good yarn and very funny into the bargain>
His fine eye for eccentricities makes this an entertaining travelogue>
A book of unexpected brilliance. It is subtle, funny, stimulating and original - a rites-of-passage story, an explanation of an alien culture, and an inspiring work of philosophy>
A frantic, very funny, urban quest.>
     
Robert Twigger
Robert Twigger is a British author, poet and adventurer. After attending Oxford University he trained with the Tokyo Riot Police, which became the subject of his bestselling book ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS...(+)
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