Review: Motions and Moments

March 6, 2016 Memoir, non-fiction 11 ★★★★★

Review: Motions and MomentsTitle: Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo
Author: Michael Pronko
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

Summary:Β I loved the way each of these short stories bring curiosity, wonder, joy to an everyday moment.

Although I suspect that Michael Pronko’s observations of Tokyo are possible in part because he’s an expat living there, I would be just as happy to read essays he wrote about any country. I enjoy learning about Tokyo, the little details of another culture that make it unique and that are only visible to someone who has lived there long enough, but what I really love is the way the author captures moments in daily life.

Every story in this collection reminds me of one of the author’s earlier essays about the way chopsticks let you hold up food and savor it, something I think he himself related to the way he writes. In each of these essays, the author holds up a moment in daily life and makes us stop and think about it, instead of just consuming it quickly. I wish I could look at my daily life with the care and lack of assumptions he brings to his. Reading his essays, I feel that even if he were writing about my daily life, about things that were mundane to me, he could bring a fresh perspective and a sense of wonder. Being able to share that perspective for a moment reading his essays makes me feel that sense of wonder and often a feeling of joy at the quirkiness of the world. It’s a very unique reading experience and one I’d highly recommend.

11 Responses to “Review: Motions and Moments”

  1. Deepika Ramesh

    If I didn’t read your review, I wouldn’t pick up a book like this. Now, I am inspired. Thank you. Adding it to my TBR. πŸ™‚

  2. Vicki

    I feel the same way as Deepika. Your thoughts about the book make me want to read it.

  3. Priscilla

    I love reading essays! And wow, I went to Goodreads to check the reviews, and boy, it certainly looks like it’s a hot favourite πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      You should definitely check out this author’s essay collections! I really loved getting a perspective on the city that only someone who lived there could give.

  4. susan

    Hmm. I haven’t heard of this book but it sure sounds good. I have never been to Tokyo but it seems fascinating. thx for sharing!

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