A new review has been posted in the AikiWeb Book database
Book Title: Angry White Pyjamas
Book Author: Twigger, Robert
Review author: Matt Wake
Rating given: 5 (out of 5)
I think Robert Twigger has done a superb job of creating an enjoyable and insightful narrative from a year of intensive Aikido study. It works brilliantly as a novel and as a credible introduction to a Japanese dojo.
Having practised kendo intensively in Japan, I can understand his paranoia towards certain teachers, and others who he obviously respected. He also effectively describes the torture and occasional humour of budo practice, while sparing time to explore modern Japanese society.
Personally I would like aspiring martial artists to read this book before setting foot in any dojo. They might be more realistic about what budo means -- repetitive practice, some pain, occasional breakthroughs -- rather than a romanticised image gleaned from the latest self-help manual.