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Robert W. Norris

Robert W. Norris is a Vietnam War conscientious objector, expatriate author, and university teacher living in Japan. He is the author of Looking for the Summer, about a CO's adventures and search for identity on the road from Paris to Calcutta in 1977, Toraware, a psychological drama that centers on the relationship of three misfits from different cultural backgrounds in 1980s Kobe, Japan, and The Many Roads to Japan, a novella/ESL textbook that tells the story of a CO's 14-year search for identity. Norris and his wife live near Fukuoka, Japan, where he is an associate professor at Fukuoka International University. Visit his homepage at http://www2.gol.com/users/norris.

Looking for the Summer
genre: General Fiction
David Thompson is a former Vietnam War conscientious objector in Paris on a quest to find himself in the early days of 1977. When he befriends an Iranian and an Afghan and is invited to return with them to their countries, his quest slowly becomes a descent into his own private hell. On the road from Europe to the East he encounters Kurdish bandits in the eastern mountains of Turkey, becomes involved with an underground group opposed to the Shah in Iran, escapes to Afghanistan, passes through Pakistan during the uprising against the Bhutto regime, and suffers extreme sickness on the streets of Delhi and Calcutta.

Although continually searching for the happiness and identity he could not find in the U.S., he cannot easily shed his American past. Throughout the journey he is hounded by the demons of memory, particularly that of his father, a World War II hero who disowned David and died while David was still in prison. The story is interspersed with a multitude of characters whose philosophical, political, and religious opinions influence David greatly in his search. The journey itself becomes a physical manifestation of his struggle to achieve reconciliation with his own conscience.

"Robert W. Norris's 'Looking for the Summer' is a graceful autobiographical novel that breathes fresh life into a perennial genre: the spiritual 'bildungsroman.' The theme of a questing expatriate who renounces Western materialism in favor of an exotic pilgrimage to the East will be familiar to anyone who has fallen under the spell of W. Somerset Maugham's 'The Razor's Edge' or Jack Kerouac's 'The Dharma Bums'....

"Although published prior to the events of 9/11, it is impossible to pick up Norris's novel without a heightened interest in its vividly depicted locales in a part of the world where our attentions are now so intensely focused. Several fascinating chapters are devoted to David's stay in Afghanistan. Written with a novelist's eye for characterization and a reporter's skill for observation, 'Looking for the Summer' is the kind of small press gem that is often overlooked but is well worth seeking out." -- Bob Wake, CultureVulture.net
ISBN: 1 74100 040 8 (electronic)
ISBN: 1 74053 030 6 (paperback)

The Many Roads to Japan
genre: General Fiction
The Many Roads to Japan tells the story of a Vietnam War conscientious objector's adventures and search for identity over a 14-year period. Aimed at intermediate level and above ESL students, it is also a good source for native speaker junior high and high school students. Both the online and paperback versions are good for self, group, CALL (computer assisted language learning), and peace education studies. Includes over 50 links, end-of-chapter comprehension and discussion/essay questions, and the author's recording of the answers.
ISBN: 1 74100 107 2 (paperback)

genre: General Fiction
The year is 1983. The place is the Kobe-Osaka area. A 33-year-old Vietnam veteran. A 23-year-old rebellious Japanese woman with a suicidal past. An artistic and repressed 22-year-old Japanese virgin. The three are about to become enmeshed in a relationship that will change each of their lives forever.

"Goes beyond the 'gaijin' experience." -- The Japan Times

"Intriguing...absorbing...holds the reader from the opening page." -- Mainichi Daily News
ISBN: 1-929429-62-2 (Adobe Acrobat electronic)
ISBN: 1-929429-63-0 (Gemstar/Rocket electronic)


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