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A Zoo in Winter by Jirō Taniguchi
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Oct 17, 2011

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This was a very subdued and emotion filled book. Our protagonist Hamaguchi is a young man who at first lacks much motivation or direction in his life. He just lets life carry him following it wherever it leads, but lacking conviction or ambition.

Inspiration comes to him in the form of a young girl, then his life begins to change. In some ways it was similar to the popular Shounen Jump title "Bakuman" as it is about a young manga assistant trying to get beyond just filling in the blacks and drawing backgrounds. But, unlike "Bakuman's" characters Hamaguichi lacks conviction and drive at first.

My only criticism was the the novel seemed to end very abruptly, I wonder if there is or will be a sequel.

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