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Orange by Benjamin (ZHANG Bin 本杰明)
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Sep 19, 10

bookshelves: graphic-novels, young-adult, read-for-cybils-gn-2010
Read in September, 2010

Has that elliptical, gappy quality I associate with a lot of translated work, and goes out of its way to describe feelings that Western readers by now find trite... the main character is a pretty, bright high school girl, popular, chased by boys, and yet she feels alone and in despair. I think it's kind of interesting that the book lovingly dwells on all that - it's clearly wish fulfillment on the part of the book's creator, who adds a ton of first-person essay stuff as back matter to the book. I guess this is teen romance in China.

The art is preternaturally masterful - innovative colors, realistic landscapes given a hallucinogenic blur.

It's like manga in the form of a flossed-up motorcycle.
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