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Aug 15, 2023Liked by Gary Shteyngart

Toronto loves our capybaras. We have two that escaped and made local headlines for a month. We called them "Bonny and Clyde." Giant guinea pigs on stilts.

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Aug 15, 2023Liked by Gary Shteyngart

Just tagged a photo to you of a HERD of capybaras in my friend's neighborhood in Brasilia. I am right now debating whether to buy a ticket tonight to Brasilia or Tokyo! I have my CAS (Capybara Admiration Society) membership card ready to bring with me, in case I encounter a skeptical capybara-- though I suspect they are incapable of such an emotion.

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Aug 15, 2023Liked by Gary Shteyngart

I live near Tokyo and am a huge fan of capybaras too. Also your books. Are you in Tokyo to do research for one?

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Aug 15, 2023Liked by Gary Shteyngart

My teenaged son wants to go to Japan as an exchange student. You deliver convincing supporting arguments.

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Aug 15, 2023Liked by Gary Shteyngart

I agree completely. You've omitted shoju, no garbage cans but no garbage anywhere and the weird esteem for the English language - the train voice announces the subway stop in English despite the clear paucity of native english speakers.

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I've only been once, but I loved it and want to return.

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I say this not only w/the up most respect, but as a vegetarian, animal lover&wildlife rescuer: Since humans AREN'T ALL the best, most compassionate &respectful of animals &this planet in general...I PRAY NOBODY IN ANY COUNTRIES EATS THESE BELOVED, LOVING, creations of God. I know ppl in other countries eat animals that Americans would cringe over to put it nicely. I have always absolutely loved capybaras since I was a small child and went to our zoo in Pgh Pa. I had a guinea pig at the time l, and always thought that they looked like a giant hamster and a giant guinea pig had a baby! Very kissable and cuddly! Ty for sharing!

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