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Barrio lejano - Tomo 1

(A Distant Neighborhood / 遥かな町へ #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,242 ratings  ·  75 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
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 2003 by Ponent Mon (first published 1998)
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Irena BookDustMagic
It seems to me graphic novels became quite popular in the last few months. Or maybe they always were, maybe it's just me who noticed it only recently.
However, taking that as my encouragement I went to my local library with an aim to find myself some graphic novel to read.
Of all those that were there (and for your information there were not much of them) this one looked interesting to me.

Here, in Croatia, we have a bind up of all 2 volumes in one book so you get complete novel in one edition. I r
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, graphic-novels
One day in 1998, the Japanese businessman Hiroshi Nakahara gets on the wrong train, and ends up in his hometown, which he hasn't visited in a long time. After a fainting spell, he wakes up in his own past - he is 14 years old again, but with the memories and life experience of a 48 year old. He has travelled 34 years back in time, to 1963.

When he finds his way back to his childhood home, the family is gathered for dinner, waiting for him. His mother and grandmother is still alive, and he gets t
Skye Kilaen
Seriously good time-travel-y science fiction graphic novel! Nakahara Hiroshi, in his 40s, wakes up to find himself on the wrong train. Instead of heading home to his wife and daughters, he's on his way to the neighborhood where he grew up, and where his mother is buried. Something happens in the cemetery as he's visiting her grave. When he regains consciousness, he's in the past, in his 14 year old body, but with all of his adult memories intact.

He has no idea how it happened or how to return t
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
This was really, really good, but volume 1 ends abruptly and my library doesn't have volume 2.
David Schaafsma
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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.
Ruth Evelyn
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poignant voyage from the pen of an award-winning mangaka, Taniguchi Jiro.
A Distant Neighborhood soundly echoing our past, heartbreaks and the things we wish we could have done differently if given a second chance.

The characters are realistic, sympathetic, and well developed.

Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great concept (of reliving one's childhood) and great execution in the storytelling. Good characters and story development. Nostalgic and self inducing to imagine how I might perhaps live my life again as a teenager with my adult insights. I was really impressed with the ending and the cleverness of it.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-and-comics
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
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Apr 10, 2012 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
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nobody truly becomes adult... The child we have been is always there, deep inside us. He's the same as this sky... As time passes, we think we're growing...But maturity is only an illusion, a hindrance to our free child souls. While living as a 14 year-old teenager once more, I felt like I was discovering what I had escaped me till now."
Barnaby Haszard Morris
A decent idea wasted on a grating protagonist. He is living many people's fantasy, a chance to travel back to high school days and do it all right -- be cool, win the race, top the class, get the girl. STILL he spends more than half the book looking angsty and spouting vague existential nonsense. The pace picked up a bit by the end, so I have higher hopes for Vol. 2.
Yix Quek
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterful storytelling. Beautiful art. Couldn’t put it down. Had to finish it in one night. To be reread and revisited again. A quiet yet intense tale of time-traveling to heal his inner child. The ending was particularly mind-blowing. Love it.
This manga had an interesting premise !
It started out strong but waned as it progressed.
To be honest it was quite dull , and I regret wasting time on it !
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A story about a middle aged business man who travels back in time to when he is 14.
Miguel Candelaria
I love the theme of when you're an adult you start to forget your childhood but with these stories, it's a joy to read. Great finish for the first volume.
Rania T
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A graphic novel that crosses many genres. I was pleasantly surprised by this elegantly written visual text. Looking forward to finding more of the same. Recommended.
Jared Lancaster
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Michael Scott
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was soooo good! ONe of my favourites!
নাজমুল হাসান
Every man has their regret they want to make amends for. What if they could re-live their glory days and utilize the times and opportunities wasted. What if they had the knowledge of a grown up and agility of the youth. All these comes into action in this bizarre time travel story. The protagonist drinks himself to a hangover and discovers that he has time traveled to his 14 year self. From there on, he starts to rediscover his youth. In one particular occasion he comes to realize the condition ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
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
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
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
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I read it as Quartier Lointain -- in French) It's the first Taniguchi work I've read and definitely incites me to read more (whether book two or more Taniguchi). No doubt his art is impressive, but the storyline is impressively historical and cultural, going back nearly 30 years to the past of the main character's life.
Time travel is a popular theme in art; similarly to Back to the future, Hiroshi quite magically goes back in time to the year his father disappears, tries to convince people (fa
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 19

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