A Drifting Life

A Drifting Life

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A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.

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  • Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "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."
  • Daniel Lopez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book is quite interesting I am not familiar with this Japanese novelist but I hear he is legendary. I am definitely interested in this book. I would buy the paper at 19.03"
  • Michelle Robinson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "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)."
  • Donna Miller
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "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."
  • Ling Su
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It was a wonderful read. The story was awesome. The book was nice and long. I really enjoyed it."
  • Benjamin Flores
    Written on April 16, 2018
    " A Drifting Life will keep you glued to the book.The book is very interesting and well written in a simple way which is cool.This is one of the manga's that interests me most because of the drama in it."
  • Elizabeth Reynolds
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "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."
  • Anika Sengupta
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "A Drifting Life offers a substantial amount of work for a reasonable price. It really makes you think. The artwork is great."
  • Sharon Sims
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "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."
  • Diane Hicks
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "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. "
    Christopher May
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I had never heard of this novel until I saw the movie. I was very impressed with it so I decided to give the manga a read. I was very pleased with as I usually do not enjoy books, but I liked the film version better."
  • Lori Johnson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Drifting Life is the original gekiga manga that inspired the genre by bringing it to new heights. It became very popular and was later adapted to a film. I enjoyed the time I spent reading it, and always looked forward for another opportunity to crack it open."
  • Edward Scott
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "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. "
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