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Abandon the Old in Tokyo (GN)

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Title: Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Volume: GN
Pages: 224
Distributor: Drawn & Quarterly

Release date: 2012-03-14
Suggested retail price: $16.95
Age rating: 13+

ISBN-10: 1770460772 1770460772
ISBN-13: 9781770460775 9781770460775

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 Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s maturation as a storyteller. Many of the stories deal with the economic hardships of the time and the strained relationships between men and women, but do so by means of dark allegorical twists and turns. A young sewer cleaner’s girlfriend has a miscarriage and leaves him when he proves incapable of finding higher-paying work. When a factory worker loses his hand on the job, the parallels between him and his pet monkey prove startling and significant.

(added on 2012-02-16, modified on 2012-02-17)

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