The Push man and Other Stories - Yoshihiro Tatsumi

I don't read a lot of manga, partly because most of them seem to be series and I usually can't find the first book. But this one looked a little different, so I got it from the library. As it turns out, it's also classified a little differently, as gekiga, a grittier, more naturalistic and less youth-oriented version of Japanese comics. It's a collection of mostly short stories, mostly revealing a pretty poor opinion of human nature. Originally written in 1969, the stories are all set in Japan and it seems like every woman works as a geisha and every man is either sex-addled or violent (or both). It's not really a pleasant book. "Grandfather of Japanese comics" or not, I probably won't read any more of his comics.

Fed to jonathan's brain | July 12, 2006 | Comments (0)


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