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[ Read Online Tonoharu: Part One ê young-adult-contemporary PDF ] by Lars Martinson Å Part one of a planned four part plus series The illustrations are great, especially the lovely cover, endpapers and wonderfully detailed title page Tonoharu starts with a first person account of an Assistant English Teacher, or AET, at a middle school in Japan mulling over whether to renew his contract for another school year He reviews some of his experiences over the previous 8 months, wonders a bit about the AET who taught before him, and doesn t come to a decision The story continues as an imagining of the experiences of the previous teacher, who turns out to be kind of a schlub who is grossly underqualified for his job and barely interested in the world around him The character is intensely boring This is part one of four about a man who goes to Japan to teach English. He s not really sympathetic at all He s not very interesting, and his interests are limited The students ask him questions during his introductory lesson He didn t come up with any hobbies, and when pressed by another westerner, the only things he could come up with were sleeping and watching tv He doesn t seem to appreciate the culture around him. I could give him advice get a tutor, branch out and meet people, don t hang out soley with people who know English, walk around on your own instead of hanging out at your lame apartment of course you re bored. Instead, I ll ask him a question Why did you go there in the first place It was a decent enough read to make me want to pick up the next couple books And it was fast I m wondering if he ll end up taking any of the advice I wasn t going to give him, or if he Daniel Wells Begins A New Life As An Assistant Junior High School Teacher In The Rural Japanese Village Of Tonoharu Isolated From Those Around Him By Cultural And Language Barriers, He Leads A Monastic Existence, Peppered Only By His Inept Pursuit Of The Company Of A Fellow American Who Lives A Couple Towns Over But Contrary To Appearances, Dan Isn T The Only Foreigner To Call Tonoharu Home Across Town, A Group Of Wealthy European Eccentrics Are Boarding In A One Time Buddhist Temple, For Reasons That Remain Obscure To Their Gossiping Neighbors Top Shelf Is Proud To Distribute The Xeric Award Winning Graphic Novel From Lars Martinson This is the story of an American teaching English in Japan While the sense of disconnection and uncertainty is understandable, the book seems to be not about the disorientation of living in a foreign country, but about the character s own apathy and inability to connect with anyone The story moves very slowly and very little actually happens For someone who was willing to take the step of moving to another country alone, Dan is surprisingly unwilling to make any effort to interact with people, try new things, or even learn the language so he can work better with his colleagues and students It takes a lot of effort to move to such a different place and not have interesting experiences and meet interesting p I often felt frustrated that the milquetoast main character didn t engage And yet his diffidence and blandness feel real The art is impressive and a pleasure to look at I look forward to the second volume. Absolutely incredible The art is sublime and mesmerizing, but what impressed me most is how it really encapsulates the experiences I had as an English teacher in Japan At times I was aching with nostalgia from the too familiar scenery at other times I just wanted to reach through the pages and tell Dan, me too So, so good, for those who have taught in Japan, those who are dreaming of doing so, or those who want to see a glimpse of Japanese life beyond the shiny, high tech Tokyo fantasies. Definitely feels like part one of a larger story we barely get to know the main character, the setting, and the supporting cast in this short volume, but I m intrigued to read I like how well culture shock is portrayed in this story, with our young protagonist experiencing everything from confusion to boredom to joy at his experiences in a small Japanese town The main character s moping and time wasting is frustrating to read about, but it fits his personality and concept a young man who sought out a life changing opportunity teaching English in Japan , but doesn t quite know what to do with it Thankfully, I picked up book two and book three at the library along with this one, and I m looking forward to reading them soon.
Tonoharu Part OneLars MartinsonIt s hard to be interested in a book where the primary character is not even a little bit interesting The guy is clueless and boring The tempo was too slow The graphics are a solid OK. Uh Well, this was a disappointment. I picked up this book for the cover and was so interested to see such a sparse work Martinson writes the panels with little speech and sometimes the narrator s words above the panel, but other than that there s little text I really enjoyed the muted three tone colour palette and the line art, that was beautiful but I was just disappointed Looking at the blurb, I thought it would be a firm favourite I love melancholy, slow moving Japanese books, particularly the ones set in obscure little towns in the countryside. But Dan Wells is fucking irritating As an Australian expat to Canada I can tell you getting acclimatised to a new environment takes time and energy, and you won t always feel like you were rewarded for your time or your efforts, but you ll get there I understand homesickness but I was frustrated by the lack of ener This is a pretty little graphic novel based on the author s experiences teaching English in a small Japanese village At times it got a little too Lost In Translation for me those cold exotic Japanese people make me feel sooooo alienated and melancholy Boo fucking hoo, at least TRY to learn some Japanese before you go live in Japan for a year, whitey , but the illustration style is nice Grey green sepia tones and lots of shading lines Pretty.