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Barrio lejano - Tomo 1 (A Distant Neighborhood / 遥かな町へ #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  566 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Estoy soñando... ¿o qué?
¿Quién no ha soñado con regresar a la infancia? Es lo que le pasa a este hombre maduro que, a la vuelta de un viaje de negocios, da un rodeo involuntario por su ciudad natal. Al recogerse ante la tumba de su madre, se ve proyectado al pasado, donde vuelve a vivir una etapa de su infancia, sin por ello perder su manera de ser ni su experiencia de adu
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 2003 by Ponent Mon (first published 1998)
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Philippe Malzieu
It is this book which raised the manga with the row of literature. The drawing is purified. No so enormous mouth, not distorsion of the characters. The rhythm is slow. The subject is very Anglo-Saxon. It is the "Peggy Sue" of Coppola. Can we return to adolescence. Would our life have been upset if we had made different choice. The hero is rather poor. One day, drunk, he is mistaken in train. He arrived in his native village. He decided to go to see his mother's tomb. And there is a return to pas ...more
Jim
I saw a review of this book in the Comics Journal. I didn't remember any of the review, but when I saw this in the library and opened it up, I remembered one part. The illustrations by Jiro Taniguchi have very lush and detailed backgrounds.

As I read through the book, I was amazed by the backgrounds and how full and realistic they were. The illustrations of characters were also very wonderful.

The story premise is a well worn one, a 48 year old man is suddenly catapulted back in time to when he
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Vicki
I am in love with this book!

Its an ongoing story by Jiro Taniguchi, a well-respected manga creator with a long career behind him. Personally the only other book by the author that I have read was The Walking Man, which I enjoyed for its sense of quiet contemplation and fantastically detailed artwork, but this is a leap beyond that.

The story is about a man in his late 40s who gets on the wrong train after a night out drinking with work collegues - instead of going home to his wife and family he f
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Gayatri Iyer
To put it simply, this book is just so beautiful, so touching and heartfelt. The book truly stands as a great read. The book sticks to its concept and premise. Without being a dark sci-fi story, (the 48 year old becoming a 14 year old) it remains a good slice of life story. Also it has tinges of psychological elements that make the reader wonder what exactly was the cause for the protagonist to end up there. The reader spends time figuring that what must’ve gone wrong- there are instances where ...more
Michael Scott
(Pursuing my goal of reading a bit of every type of manga.) A Distant Neighborhood (Haruka na Machi e) is a manga about the tragedies that hit Japanese families in the aftermath of the war---here, the tragedy of loss due to war, of destiny interrupted by obligations to the family, and of scarcity that prevents any other course of life than work. The character remembers after-war life through an innovative construct, which involves time traveling. (Type of manga: slice-of-life, family life, comin ...more
Michael
[This review for both volumes]
A gripping and haunting tale about a middle-aged man coming to terms with his childhood and with his relationship to his family (past and present).

The mechanism of the story is rather classical and will remind one of Back to the Future or Coppola's film Peggy Sue Got Married (there may even be a reference to the latter in the book dedication in the end), but Jiro gives a fresh take on the genre by focusing on the possibility of personal change.

The character's hope t
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Graziano
Era difficile da credere, ma ero incappato in una distorsione temporale che mi aveva riportato al tempo dei miei quattordici anni.
'Voglio vivere'. Se questa e' la realta', voglio vivere un'altra volta i miei quattordici anni. Cosi' pensai. (90)

Per un attimo, fui colto da una leggera vertigine. Questo tempo... il tempo di questi 14 anni, sta cambiando sottilmente da quello gia' vissuto. (112)

...il cielo e' cosi' alto.
Nuvole che fluttuano pigre, mi sembra di poterle toccare con una mano.
Com'e' mi
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Kate
Apr 25, 2012 Kate added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I loved this so much I read it 2 more times after I finished it. The story's been done before: time travel offering a way for a man to relive his youth. But there's something so agonizing in Taniguchi's approach. The lush backgrounds seem to overwhelm the characters, like they are ultimately overwhelmed (for better or worse) by the circumstances of their lives. (My favorite particularly heartbreaking part of the book is when the now-14-year-old protagonist watches his elementary-school-aged sist ...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
This is a review for both volumes.

A beautiful, moving seinen. A 40 and something year old man travels in time and relives his days as a young boy. I was moved by the first time he sees his mother again -who is dead in the present day-, I wanted to relive my student years too when Hiroshi gets all answers correctly; it was sad that he knew what was going to happen to all his friends (some die, some have successful lives). I wasn't too convinced with the art at the beginning, but then I appreciate
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Jon Holt
Taniguchi's artwork is beautiful and engrossing as any reader of its work on the Botchan series will attest, but as a writer-artist there is much to be desired. The time-travel device enables an otherwise dead-to-the-world middlesomething salaryman to re-experience and reconnect with his feelings of his past. In that way this is very much like a girl's comic and there is a lot of potential for this story to go beyond the usual Taniguchi surface beauty and explore inner beauty, but alas, Taniguch ...more
Stephen
Really enjoyed this, but it's only volume 1 of 2, and so it feels premature to judge it. I liked the more narrative drive to this story, over Taniguchi's other work like The Walking Man (which was great - perhaps better in many ways - but you have to be in the mood for that, whereas this is easier to get into).

The story is about a 48-year old career man who finds himself back at school as a 14-year old. He revels in his new-found youth, in a way that frankly disturbs his classmates. Of course,
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Eva Mitnick
A 48-year-old Japanese man named Nakahara is transported back in time into his own 14-year-old body. Of course he finds school and interpersonal relations easier than he did the first time around, and he revels in his young body. Even as his classmates marvel at his newfound maturity and knowledge, readers learn that as a middle-aged father and husband, Nakahara was something of a loser, drinking too much and not getting along with his family. This hasn't occurred to Nakahara yet, who is determi ...more
shirley
Fascinating to read the story of a 48-year old traveling back in time into his 14 year old body...as a 48-year old, myself. I like the art a lot and enjoy time travel tales. Now, to wait for volume two to get routed to my local library!
E DB
As other reviewers elsewhere () have noted, A Distant Neighborhood treads familiar territory--a man who goes back in time (in this case, reinhabiting his 14-year-old body and life) changes his past experience due to his future self's knowledge. What makes Taniguchi's version of this unique and interesting is Taniguchi's attention to detail: instead of forcing his protagonist to tread cliched ground by winning money and predicting future events, he focuses on small, wonderful moments, such as the ...more
Dustyloup
J'ai hâte de lire la prochaine tome. un peu lent donc il faut avoir un peu de patience- il faut surtout prend le temps d'admirer les dessins détaillé et de se demander, " et si ça s'est arrive à moi?.. '
Sarah
This is a fantastic set up, but only the conclusion will truly show if the storyline is worth it. Right now I mark it a well made and fascinating manga story, particularly good for manga newbies because it was written in LtoR style and without the spazzy chibi cute stylistic markers of the genre. Hiroshi is a fascinating main character, whether is is wasting his time getting drunk to forget his troubles or finding himself experiencing first love for the second time. A great beginning that leaves ...more
Willy Wonka
Hiroshi Nakahara sbaglia treno e arriva nel suo paese d'origine sulla tomba di famiglia si ritrova nel passato: rivive i suoi 14 anni; Hiroshi ha un'altra possibilità di rivivere l'adolescenza mantenendo la consapevolezza dell'adulto...ha la possibilità di indagare sulla scomparsa del padre fin lì non chiarita.
Un fumetto introspettivo davvero singolare, lontano dal sentire attuale Occidentale Taniguchi diventa con il suo racconto uno scrittore universale, in cui grafica e narrativa si fondono pe
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Wayne
I don't usually like manga too much, but this one really surprised me. The story about a 40 something year old transported to the body of his 8 year old younger self turned out to be very interesting. He knew what he had learned in life, but somehow traveled to a time in his life very difficult for him. In particular, a time when he knew his father would be leaving his family forever. It ended very abruptly and finishes in volume 2. I reall loved this art, so much I have actively searched out ot ...more
Eva Eva
Buenísimo, gran delicadeza en los dibujos. Pareciera que estás viendo uan película.
Jenna
Finished this and volume two. I quite liked it although it was a little slow in the beginning. And a bit too fast at the end. I would have wanted a bit more of an epilogue to see if time had changed at all other than catching that glimpse of his father. Because it seems that since he spent so much time worrying about whether his decisions changed the future... meh, didn't seem enough like it was cut off and they didn't put the rest of the pages in. But I did enjoy this series!
Shannon
The artwork in this manga is outstanding. It really helps to tell a really good story. Imagine if you could back in time to 14 year old you. You're transported into your old body and you're living your old life. That's what has happened to the main character in A Distant Neighborhood. He explores different avenues and what ifs. I am really enjoying this two volume series. It is a tight story that is captivating and thought provoking.
Rita
Based on a fairly mundane premise--that a middle-aged man travels back in time to relive his teenaged years--this volume of manga nonetheless caught my attention and held it right up to the end. The illustration was clean and precise, but still conveyed emotion, and the writing was well-translated and helpfully footnoted. The story wasn't perfect, but it seemed deeply felt. This volume was a nice way to spend part of an afternoon.
Sherlock
I don't read a lot of Manga--not really my thing, but this was beautifully illustrated and a quick, easy read. Loved that the characters were not exaggerated or distorted as they often are in the genre. Taniguichi is apparently a legend in Japan and it's easy to see why. Definitely will look for volume 2.
David Schaafsma
Like Peggy Sue Got Married and Back to the Future, as another reviewer pointed out, and others, time travel in order to understand the past as a way of shaping the present and future. Beautifully drawn manga, thoughtful and moving. The art and the basic story concept make this impressive.
Nada
I'm really loving this manga!
The art is nice and the main character looks really miserable which is very suitable.
One thing I noticed the tiny similarities between this manga and the movie "17 Again", I enjoy such stories!
Worth reading.
Gina
I liked it a lot. Maybe because sometimes I wish I could come back with my present self back and maybe because it gets really interesting to reveal his story page by page.
I was totally taken away by it!
M-AY
L'histoire d'un salaryman de 45 ans qui, revenu dans sa ville natale, se retrouve transporté dans son corps à l'époque de ses 14 ans... Étonnant et rempli de nostalgie.
Nausheen
This was my first manga and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The details in the illustrations along with a beautiful story was a treat :)
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Name (in native language): 谷口ジロー
Zodiac: Leo

He began to work as assistant of the late mangaka Kyota Ishikawa.
He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kareta Heya (A Desiccated Summer), published in the magazine Young Comic.
From 1976 to 1979, he created several hard-boiled comics with the scenarist Natsuo Sekigawa, such as City Without Defense, The Wind of the West is White and Lindo 3.
From 1984 to 199
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