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This consists of a series of stark tales set in a black and white graphic novel style. I find them amazingly good and very informative 'naturalistic' Japanese fiction (very reminiscent of Stephen Crane and James T. Farrell short stories). I also note that the book has an article of its own in wikipedia, which I recommend. ( )
  Farree | Nov 1, 2017 |
Bleak stories about despairing, lonely people trapped by society. There are no happy endings in this book of short stories. Despair is the keyword. Artwork is excellent and moody, and the stories are haunting. One is actually a horror story. There is an interesting interview with the author by Adrian Tomine at the back. ( )
  questbird | Mar 3, 2014 |
I've been a fan of Tatsumi's GNs that take a bleak and hard look at Japanese society. In this series of short stories, he tells us tales of men and women who feel trapped in bleak lives because of family obligations, hidden desires, thirst for revenge and social expectations. He exposes the repression his characters live under. If you want Disney-type GNs, this is not for you. If you want to look under the glossy surface of a culture, dive in. ( )
  cameling | Jan 5, 2013 |
Stories here are much better than the ones in "The Push Man" due to the increased length, grittier, more dramatic stories. Picks:- Abandon the Old in Tokyo- Beloved Monkey- The Hole- Eel ( )
  abcmouse | Nov 9, 2009 |
Soft and yet gritty drawings of everyday life in Japan during the 70's. The sordid reality of the characters is very tangible in Tatsumi's work; however, it is balanced with light humor. This graphic medium has succeeded in bringing together the Japanese of today and yesterday, as well as bringing in the readers to experience their reality. Tatsumi's perspective is spot on, and his eye serves as a perfect record of humanity's destruction, as well as occasional glimpses of beauty, as shown in this series of oftentimes-strange stories. He never leaves anything out; the buildings and the walls pop out at you, and they are also characters in the stories. Delving into the deeper characters of people and how they cope, no matter how strange or repulsive, at the end of the day, it shows that it is man's survival that is important. And though the characters may seem to be defeated and weak, the stories' importance lies on the fact that the characters have indeed survived, even if they still live in their "one room castles." For they still recognize freedom and they continue, and this is just enough to save them. ( )
  heterotopic | Jun 13, 2009 |
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Abandon The Old In Tokyo is the second in a three-volume series that collects the short stories of Japanese cartooning legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Designed and edited by Adrian Tomine, the first volume, The Push Man and Other Stories, debuted to much critical acclaim and rightfully placed Tatsumi as a legendary precursor to the North American graphic novel movement. Abandon The Old In Tokyo continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Tatsumi’s maturation as a storywriter.
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A collection of short stories in comic form by Yoshihiro Tatsumi that explore the private lives of everyday people. Contains adult content.

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