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Tonoharu by Lars Martinson
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Mar 07, 10

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Read in March, 2010

The story of Errol P. and Alex M. in graphic novel form? Or at least that's sort of how I imagined it. There was something really wonderful to the understated sense of disconnection in this book, even in the anonymous monotony of the illustration and the typewritten lettering. I'm sure there are lots of fun things that happen in Japan and it isn't quite is miserable as he makes his life out to look in this book (but I guess he isn't saying it sucks as a place, just that he feels alone, I appreciated that distinction). Somehow he managed to not make it be self-pitying and self-serving while still having lines like: What do you like to do for fun? Watch t.v. and sleep. (Isn't that a lame answer?)....There seemed to be something sort of French, maybe? about the style he used....I wonder. I want Part Two!
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message 1: by Errol (new)

Errol I give it 2.5 stars. He was a little too mopey for me to like him. I have dealt with dozens of people like him in Japan that I wanted to tell "Hey buddy, life is not so bad! Make the most of your experience! You can't just sleep and watch TV!!" And those weird Romanians didn't make a lot of sense to me.

But, it is well drawn and gives a good look into the typical 'ALT experience'. Looking forward to the complete edition.


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