The bear and the paving stone has 98 ratings and 31 reviews sue said this is a difficult book to assess as i am still considering what i think about it. I just add one word to the next with no idea where it all ends says author toshiyuki horie about the bear and the paving stone a collection of his stories now translated into . The bear and the paving stone is a fine trio of stories with a similar nostalgic feel to them horie layers his stories well specifically in bringing together past and present even as the past is always distant and in many ways lost. The bear kills his new friend after lobbing a paving stone at the gardeners nose to ward off a fly translated by geraint howells the 2001 akutagawa prize winning the bear and the paving stone is a gentle stirring novella of history and memory that simmers with raw emotional ferocity. The bear and the paving stone by toshiyuki horie translated by geraint howells is a collection of three stories by this award winning japanese author the titular tale takes up the bulk of the book and tells of a visit to france where the narrator meets an old friend from his university days he has
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