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Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet
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Feb 06, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: architecture
Read in December, 2011

Florent Chavouet's Tokyo on Foot does with pictures what Bill Bryson does with words. It provides a personal peephole into a foreign place, introducing the reader in equal measure to a personable narrator and the local color. What Chavouet lacks of Bryson's penchant for trivia he makes up for with the off-kilter details of his pencil drawings. Tokyo on Foot is full of curious characters and unique buildings (as seen by the distinct Kōban (police stations) that begin every chapter) illustrated with sensitivity. The whole charming package is held together with Chavouet's guileless commentary.

An excellent graphic novel AND travel memoir.

Now if only Mr. Chavouet would release more work in English!

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