Cover image for A distant neighborhood. Vol. 1 / Jiro Taniguchi ; graphic adaptation by Fr©♭d©♭ric Boilet ; [translation, Kumar Sivasubramanian ; graphic adaptation and layout, Sly Wind Tidings].
Title:
A distant neighborhood. Vol. 1 / Jiro Taniguchi ; graphic adaptation by Fr©♭d©♭ric Boilet ; [translation, Kumar Sivasubramanian ; graphic adaptation and layout, Sly Wind Tidings].
ISBN:
9788492444281
Publication Information:
Wisbech, England : Fanfare ; [Rasquera, Spain?] : Ponent Mon, ℗♭2009.
Physical Description:
200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Translated from the Japanese.
Abstract:
One morning, 48-year-old business traveler Hiroshi Nakahara boards the wrong train -- a recently built express to his old hometown. Upon arriving, he visits his mother's grave, where he is mysteriously transported back in time. Hiroshi finds himself 14 years old, with full adult foreknowledge of all that is to come. As this volume progresses, Hiroshi slowly embraces his ability to relive his youth differently and prepares to address the great mystery of his childhood: the disappearance of his father.
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Summary

Summary

Everyone dreams of going back to childhood - but when businessman Nakahara is catapulted back to his school days with his adult memories still intact, he sees his past in a different light. Two-time Eisner Award nominee Jiro Taniguchi takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey with what is widely considered to be his chef d'oeuvre to date.


Author Notes

Jiro Taniguchi was born in Tottori, Japan on August 14, 1947. The manga artist had his first cartoon published in 1970. His works included The Times of Botchan, A Distant Neighbourhood, and The Walking Man. In 2011, the French government awarded him the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. He died on February 11, 2017 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Taniguchi employs a familiar plot device to begin an amiable story. One morning, 48-year-old business traveler Hiroshi Nakahara boards the wrong train-a recently built express to his old hometown. Upon arriving, he visits his mother's grave, where he is mysteriously transported back in time. Hiroshi finds himself 14 years old, with full adult foreknowledge of all that is to come. The book proceeds to hit plot points typically associated with this genre at an easygoing clip, as the lead character visits long-gone people and places. As this volume progresses, Hiroshi slowly embraces his ability to relive his youth differently and prepares to address the great mystery of his childhood: the disappearance of his father. Just as Hiroshi is struck by the minutiae of a family dinner, Taniguchi exercises his own characteristic attention to ruminative detail. His artwork crisply delineates the details of place and time central to the story, while his writing dwells on the mental adjustments and minor pleasures of Hiroshi's fantastic situation. Taniguchi's execution charms, creating more anticipation for the forthcoming sequel than do the particular mechanics of this book's otherwise familiar narrative arc. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved