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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 ...
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Overview

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!
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KLIATT - George Galuschak
Daniel Wells is an American who lives in Tonoharu, a rural town in Japan. He works as an assistant English teacher in a junior high school, where the students want to know his blood type and whether he has a girlfriend. Living in Japan isn't easy for Daniel; he must deal with strange foods, boredom, long periods of isolation and the fact that his knowledge of Japanese isn't good enough to have any sort of meaningful conversation. There is an American girl in the area, but despite his best efforts they don't hit it off. In many ways, Daniel might as well be living on another planet. Tonoharu is a quasi memoir, loosely based on the author's experiences. Martinson spent three years teaching in Japan, so he knows what he's talking about. Besides being an accurate portrait of the effects of isolation, Tonoharu will be of interest to people interested in Japanese culture. This graphic novel isn't for everyone. Younger readers may find it boring; older readers may find it depressing, or wonder why the main character is such a sad sack. Since Daniel isn't a Type A personality—his hobbies are sleeping and watching TV—he doesn't exactly hit the ground running. The background-heavy art is rendered in shades of black and gray, and every page has exactly four panels. Tonoharu contains vulgarity (f-bombs and s-bombs) and is recommended for graphic novel collections that focus on memoirs or are looking to add a bit of international presence; for older teens or adults only. Reviewer: George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980102321
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Great Drawings and Great Story

    This GN is great for anyone who wants to see detailed drawings of Japan and experience what it is like to live alone in another country. You really feel like you're there. The art is wonderful and the book is beautiful, like an art book.

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