Bear and the paving stone was a wonderfully relaxing read similar to murakami at his most grounded two old friends spend time on a road trip catching up and talking about old times nothing much happens. The bear and the paving stone is a relatively simple story the narrator who writes sample translations and synopses of foreign books for publishers is in paris for a few weeks and sees if he can get in touch with old friend yann. The bear and the paving stone adds to the bold collection of contemporary japanese literature published by pushkin press shelf awareness it is a rather beautiful very funny often bitter or sadly gentle book that will entice and satisfy while leaving one thirsting for more. The bear and the paving stone by toshiyuki horie translated by geraint howells 128 pages pushkin press fiction. The bear and the paving stone toshiyuki horie geraint howells a japanese man far from home travels the countryside of normandy with a friend talking about war literature and everything in between
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