TekkonkinkreetTaiyo Matsumoto, Andrew McKeon, Amy Martin, Elisabeth Kawasaki, Annette Roman, Jason Thompson, Lillian Olsen
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|status||Copy #1 (186): in
|genre||Literature and Fiction » Magical Realism|
|publish date||Sep 25, 2007|
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friendship, youth, and gangsters with a touch of magical surrealism. Highly recommended
Whimsically swooping high flying adventure. Complete with intense violence, emotions and a quirky sort of humor. Easily one of my favorite books in the Library.
Taiyo Matsumoto’s Tekkonkinkreet has deep connections to something magical that cannot be easily pinpointed. It seems to spring from a mythology born out of today’s Japan, in the wake of modernization, combining elements from a diverse set of sources. At the center of the story are a couple of homeless children named Black and White, who’s eyes we see the story through. With this childrens’ filter, the city of Treasuretown becomes a magical landscape with as much character itself as any other in the book. And in many ways the heart of the city is what is truly at stake as the outside developers come in to change things. The art perfectly communicates the energy of the city as it moves and changes around them. Changing perspective and drawing our eyes in close to the action, we are wrapped up in a swirling psychedelic romp with an often ambiguous morality.
Very trippy stuff. Funny, too.