Buja's Diary
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Buja's Diary

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From Korea comes a collection of incisive observant short stories by a leading artist. Reading these thirteen exceptional stories is an experience similar to appreciating a touching poem or watching a series of stills from a silent movie. Combining the traits of different artistic genres, O has indeed created his own world of comic art. While eloquently presenting a univer...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by NBM Publishing
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I highly recommend this book. It is a graphic novel about life in Korea. It has nudity so i would suggest this book only if the reader is mature. The graphic novel is broken into different stories but teaches a morals or a message. Chapter 1: The Little Alley Watcher. In chapter 1 it is about a little girl who waits for her parents to return from farming. Nari the little girl and her parents are the only one in the town because everyone else left he village to Seoul. Nari is lonely and only has...more
The simplistic moralizing tone and the exaggerated character designs make the debt to Will Eisner clear, but (as with much of Eisner's work) the storytelling tends to be simplistic and obvious, making it hard to take the work seriously.
These were some great short stories. The stories were very nicely drawn and eerie, in the way that good short stories are. My only big complaint is the cover art actually. It looks more like an academic monograph than a collection of graphic format stories. They should redo the cover! I think this was my first read of Korean comics too. Very pleasant experience.
I abandoned this halfway through. It feels like a cross between the overwhelming darkness of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and the simple-minded hokiness of Will Eisner's "serious" work. The art is nice to look at but there is a simple-mindedness to the storytelling.
the anti-commie rhetoric in the book got tiresome and i was expecting a much more nuanced portrayal of modern korean history and war...
good, but depressing as all get-out.
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