A Zoo in Winter

A Zoo in Winter

Graphic Novel - 2017
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Kyoto, 1966. The young Hamaguchi is working for a textile manufacturer whilst dreaming of becoming an artist, when an incident at the zoo involving the boss's daughter forces his hand. He moves to Tokyo at the invitation of an old school friend who also arranges an "interview" at the studios of the famous mangaka, Shiro Kondo. Here he quickly discovers both the long hours of meeting studio deadlines along with the nightlife and artistic haunts of the capital. For the first time ever, multi-award winning Taniguchi recalls his beginnings in manga and his youth spent in Tokyo in the 60's. It is a magnificent account of his apprenticeship where all the finesse and elegance of the creator are united to illustrate those first emotions of adulthood.
Publisher: Wisbech, England :, Fanfare/Ponent Mon,, [2017]
Edition: Second edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781912097319
Branch Call Number: GN TANI
Characteristics: 237 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sivasubramanian, Kumar - Translator


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Aug 16, 2018

Quiet, interesting lightly fictionalized look back at the beginning of Tanaguchi's career in manga in Tokyo in the 1960s. It's not plot-driven, but rather a blend of character, environment, and nostalgia, and both my spouse and I were blown away with it. One of those books that doesn't hit you over the head with being "about" something while you're reading it, but you're left thinking about it long after you close the book. If you're into new adult / coming-of-age / people finding themselves themes, this is definitely one you should check out. It's been recently reprinted, so it's not a billion dollars to get a hold of anymore, yay!


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