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What the community says about A Drifting Life
- "I've seen the movie adaptation of this book and I wasn't very satisfied becuase it seems some things are incomplete or missing, dunno though so I read the book and I had fun reading this more than watching the film. From the very beginning up to the end, it didn't upset me."
- "Yoshihiro Tatsumi has created something totally different, a memoir that speaks to everyone, in totally original form. He tells an absorbing story using a few simple words and a few simple lines. He uses panels to pace the story, to focus details, to show facial expression, to convey emotion; in ways distinct from written autobiographies, but also distinct from film-makers, painters, photographers and anyone else who ever tried to use art to convey the feeling and meaning of a life. I feel the reviewers complaining about the lack of depth are missing the point. The author's technique cannot go below the surface, he's drawing pictures. He can use those pictures to suggest depths, but not to explore them. A writer can spend thousands of words (or more) describing internal psychological states or conveying depth in other ways. Other graphic novelists, and also film-makers and painters, attempt to do the same by leaving realism behind or by including a lot of detail. Tatsumi confines himself to simple realism, but realism as perceived at the time, and stripped down to essential lines. He tells us what he saw and leaves it to us to imagine what went on below (and above, and before, and after)."
- "This graphic novel really impacted me in profound and unexpected ways. The artwork is absolutely stellar and really pulls you into the story in a way that traditional novels generally don't. The journey that the reader embarks on with the author is full of depth and dimension and runs the gamut of human emotion. The autobiographical nature of this book makes the story that much more poignant, and I would say that it is a must read for any fans of manga, graphic novels, beautifully illustrated art, or literature in general."
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in What are the best seinen mangas"This is one of the best manga books I have had the pleasure of experiencing. It gets this top rating because of the fantastic artwork but also the historical portrayal of Japan after the war. I took my time reading this one because I just got more out of it that way."
- "This may sound weird, but I really like depressing stories. Life isn't happy, and I like to see people struggle through hardship and difficulty and understand that people don't always overcome this. This story is told in a very simple way, with very little text and linework, and I think that adds to the emotion. However, the localization isn't very good, as they mirrored the book for Western audiences, which rearranged the panels awkwardly."
- "I just finished reading A Drifing Life and it was one of the best graphic novels for adults I have read. That being said, I think you would have to be a fan of this genre to enjoy this book. I would call this book a Manga classic, so if this your genre of book, read it as Tatsumi does not disappoint with this novel. "
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- "I read the A Drifting Life during a flight to Japan earlier last year and really enjoyed the illustrations and all of the interactions between all of the characters in the book. I recommend this book to all Japanese Manga fan's that enjoy really nice illustrations and book's with a lot of drama. "