Good-Bye

Good Bye Prepare to be disturbed and blown away The stuff is remarkable amazing Los Angeles Times Good Bye is the third in a series of collected short stories from Drawn Quarterly by the legendary Japanese ca

  • Title: Good-Bye
  • Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi Adrian Tomine Yuji Oniki Frederik L. Schodt
  • ISBN: 9781897299371
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prepare to be disturbed and blown away The stuff is remarkable, amazing Los Angeles Times Good Bye is the third in a series of collected short stories from Drawn Quarterly by the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, whose previous work has been selected for several annual top 10 lists, including those compiled by and Time Drawn in Prepare to be disturbed and blown away The stuff is remarkable, amazing Los Angeles TimesGood Bye is the third in a series of collected short stories from Drawn Quarterly by the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, whose previous work has been selected for several annual top 10 lists, including those compiled by and Time Drawn in 1971 and 1972, these stories expand the prolific artist s vocabulary for characters contextualized by themes of depravity and disorientation in twentieth century Japan Some of the tales focus on the devastation the country felt directly as a result of World War II a prostitute loses all hope when American GIs go home to their wives a man devotes twenty years of his life to preserving the memory of those killed at Hiroshima, only to discover a horrible misconception at the heart of his tribute Yet, while American influence does play a role in the disturbing and bizarre stories contained within this volume, it is hardly the overriding theme A philanthropic foot fetishist, a rash ridden retiree, and a lonely public onanist are but a few of the characters etching out darkly nuanced lives in the midst of isolated despair and fleeting pleasure.

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    • Mariel says:

      The characters in Yoshihiro Tatsumi's comics are sad. They are sad in the something is missing way. There are good reasons to be sad, if you need reasons. Getting old. Getting cold. Political reasons of being sad. The whole place getting old and cold along with them. The faces are identical expressions of sad. Almost inhuman. I squinted my eyes and the drawings could have been of primates. Stuck in a zoo some place. Labeled No Longer Erectus (yeah, some of these guys can't get it up anymore on t [...]

    • Andrew says:

      The first story in this collection - aptly titled "Hell" - is a masterpiece. It concerns a photojournalist who gains fame and respect for a heartbreaking photo he took during the aftermath of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. Years later, he discovers that the subject of his photograph is not quite what it seems. The story includes starkly horrific images of atomic bomb victims, and it serves as a complex examination of Japan's status as both the victims and perpetrators of wartime atrocities. The [...]

    • Sara says:

      Each story is engrossing, but problematic. Apologies for that awful, awful grad school euphemism. What I mean is that this man has problems: he writes and draws a good story, but he hates women. His story about a boy who turns to cross dressing because his mother places too much pressure on him to support the family as the "man of the house" stinks of the pre 1972 psych drivel still desperately being touted by the "ex-gay" movement. The first story about Hiroshima, however, was worth the whole c [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Why is it that every subsequent book I read by Tatsumi seems more mature and layered than the last? I'm amazed that many of the collected short story comics in this book were published in the 70s. They are just so stark and critical of Japanese society post Hiroshima. They are just absolutely amazing. And still so real today in depicting the life of a salary man as something of waste in the end as it only drives one's desires in dark directions. I was intrigued by the visual effect of characters [...]

    • Brenna says:

      Being one lonely person surrounded by 130 million contemporaries serves not only to isolate, but to besot with striking similarity amongst each of the persons in question. To be neglected and disenfranchised is what it means to be one of many nameless protagonists in a Yoshihiro Tatsumi story.The Raymond Carver of manga, Tatsumi presents his subjects with unflinching reality (an acceptable form of cruelty). This is not because he hates his characters, but because - in a deeper sense - he commune [...]

    • Robert Beveridge says:

      Yoshihro Tatsumi, Good-Bye (Drawn and Quarterly, 2008)With every collection of Yoshihiro Tatsumi stories that Drawn and Quarterly releases, I find myself becoming more and more enamored of the man's work. I wasn't really sure that was possible; after all, D&Q's first Tatsumi collection, The Push Man and Other Stories, made my beat-reads-of-the-year list back a couple of years ago. But, yes, they just keep getting better. Good-Bye, which collects pieces Tatsumi wrote in the early- to mid-seve [...]

    • Peter Panic says:

      I often watch japanese films and am always taken aback because of the cultural differences shown. Yet, for the japanese comics I have read there is rarely that feel. Then again the few manga's I have read are of more universal theme's of plain fighting stories (i.e Battle Royale). So for me to start reading Tatsumi, I realized that while his output in Japan may have been enormous he was still relatively unknown. His subject matter is always somewhat depressing and topical and definitely not fant [...]

    • Tosh says:

      Another great Manga collection by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. His sparse little narratives captures the odd and the strange in post-war Japan. Poetic to a great degree, yet on a high genius level as well. Tezuka is on one side of the coin, and Tatsumi is on the other. Grim, sad, sexual, and very moving all at the same time. But not a downer for some reason. I think because the way he draws and tells the tale is quite magnificent. Even those who are not into Manga, should at the very least dip their toes [...]

    • Jigar Brahmbhatt says:

      Short stories as manga. By the time I finished this third book by Tatsumi I had already become a fan. If there ever was an artist who explored the desperation, the ennui, the bitterness, the pervertion of city life in this medium it had to be him. I have encountered no one who is better so far. Not even Osamu Tesuka. There is a Japanese sensibility at work here, the same spirit that haunts a piece by Tanikazi or a dreamscape by Murakami. The artwork in black and white is gorgeous.

    • Derek Royal says:

      I've had this book for several years, and I've finally gotten around to reading it. What prompted me was a recent manga episode of the podcast, comicsalternative/manga-re, where we discussed Tatsumi's A Drifting Life. I wanted to read this to have more of a context. He is a master of the short-story form! I particularly appreciate the way his narratives end. One of the standout pieces here is the title story.

    • Mattias Appelgren says:

      Straight from the seedy underbelly of Japan. It's dark and gritty and dirty and sometimes kinda disturbing. The character in these stories are often struggling, with themselves, loneliness, disappointment and all the stuff that makes it so oddly fascinating to follow. Life ain't pretty and there's never much of a happy ending either. So all in all, a wonderful read.

    • LindaD says:

      some sex is included, so be warned. I'm sure as a non-Japanese reader, I did not appreciate all the symbolism in the drawings. I did enjoy the stories raw feelings. Honest assessment of some lives in post war Japan.

    • Eric says:

      One of the most interesting collections of short stories I've ever read. Each of these selections is a little window into someone's falling-apart life. Much like the films of Todd Solondz, Tatsumi's work is challenging and uncomfortable, but that's what makes it even better.

    • Shoshanna says:

      I'm sad that this is the last collection of "gekiga" from Tatsumi. I thought there would be more. Incredible. Upsetting.

    • Brendan Howard says:

      Very good short tales of 1970s Japanese manga ugliness.

    • Mark says:

      Yoshihiro Tatsumi certainly has moments of visual power as you can see in the first story "Hell", which takes place right after the bombing of Hiroshima. His drawings of the city leave a stark power that in later stories seems to more related to romance comics with their simple rendering of faces and expressions that become stand ins for complicated emotions that are difficult to express in 20 word bubbles.Of particular interest is "Hell", a story that questions the sacredness of the victims. An [...]

    • Vivek Tejuja says:

      Manga is an art that grows on you. It is also an art form that makes you appreciate the beauty of stillness and subtlety. So when there are graphic novels to be read, there is also Manga which I feel is quite different and a genre of its own than being classified under Graphic Novels. Tatsumi happened to me when I was browsing through Landmark, Bombay, about ten years ago with a very dear friend. That was another book. This time I spotted him at Blossom and could not have been more excited. I kn [...]

    • Artur Coelho says:

      Este livro foi uma completa surpresa. Há medida que vou descobrindo o prazer do manga, encontro muita coisa que pouco me diz e algumas obras estilística ou conceptualmente interessantes. Mas até agora nenhuma que quebrasse a imagem que tenho do género como algo fortemente comercial, fragmentado numa míriade de nichos atraentes para grupos de fãs acérrimos. Good-bye, e outras obras deste autor, pertencem a outro género de banda desenhada, de cariz reflexivo e autobiográfico que habitualm [...]

    • Kurt says:

      There is a line that runs through our lives. It is where we would like our lives to go. We straddle it as best we can. Some gifts of birth make it easier, some make it virtually impossible. Then life intervenes. Somewhere along the way most of us fall off that line to the one side or the other--by events we couldn't foresee or the myriad choices we are forced to make. Some stray so far from that line that they forget it may have ever existed. That describes many of the characters in Yoshihiro Ta [...]

    • Kate says:

      I LOVED this graphic novel and read it in one day. The books is composed of several vignettes from different people's lives in Japan from after WWII until present day. Each story is pretty depressing and gives readers insight into the underbelly of the poor and middle class throughout Japan.One reoccurring theme throughout the novel is the feeling and physical actuality of impotence. Many of the men in these stories are in their 50's and are forced to retire. They have spent their lives engrosse [...]

    • Mariah says:

      DO NOT READ THIS BOOK AT WORK OR IN PUBLIC!!!! This book had way more inappropriate scenes than I anticipated. Though a very good story, it took me about three of them to see that they weren't chapters. This makes me feel about a rice crumb better for laughing at some of them. Each is vey quirk with really strong underlying messages. The balance of text to images is perfect because I am 100% sure that the closure in my mind would be rated XXX if there were anymore words or panels. I didn't howev [...]

    • Ray says:

      This is a book of hauntingly sad stories. Each person is missing something, there is a complete emptiness that cannot be filled. They all fight these internal demons in their own way. Written in a period when Japan was recovering from ww11. Everything is beautifully captured and you feel the bleakness in each story. Each character is drawn the same I think to show it everyone/ everybody. That we all have these demons inside of us, it just depends on how we cope. I'm really impressed with how wel [...]

    • Matt says:

      An incredible introduction into a Japanese comic master. They call it manga but it seems to fit right in with classics by Will Eisner and the other original comic novelists.Good-bye is a collection of short stories centered around post-war Japan. They mine deeply into the malaise of the nation's people and examine the often sad lives of pre-economic boom Japan. Most have an almost surreal effect, almost like Japanese comic Twilight Zones. They're mostly sad, hopeless and sometimes disturbing. Ex [...]

    • Bruce Reid says:

      The least revelatory of Tatsumi's three American collections, and because of that my least favorite. These short manga, less stories than tracings of sad, stunted lives, are as affecting as ever; but the symbology, often sexual, is rather heavy-handed and the characters offer fewer surprises. There are still several gems and stand-out moments, however, from the oppressive, watery inks that come to dominate the startling Hiroshima story "Hell" to the marvelously unexpected conclusion of the bar h [...]

    • Nnedi says:

      it took me a month to read this book because the cover disgusted me so much. id look at the book and then put it down. why did they choose such a cover? finally i read it and enjoyed it (i enjoyed the shortness of the stories and the often abrupt endings)except for the awful portrayal of women, especially in the last story. i mean, dude, the character's own daughter? gross. yet, he was portrayed as the "victim". gimme a break.

    • Alex says:

      You want achingly depressing Japanese short stories? Look no further.

    • Jon(athan) Nakapalau says:

      With 'Eisneresque' precision Yoshihiro Tatsumi looks at the various traps we set for ourselvesd how we take others down with we fall.

    • Francisco Alfaro Labbé says:

      Tatsumi se manda una serie de historias tremendas que dan cuenta del trauma social e histórico que significó para Japón no solo el haber perdido la guerra, sino que haber recibido dos bombas atómicas, haber sido ocupados militarmente por el ejército vencedor (con todo lo que ello implica) y, además, haber sufrido nuevamente un proceso de modernización acelerado, que lo llevó a alcanzar unos niveles de crecimiento económico como nunca antes y, de la mano, el crecimiento disparatado de la [...]

    • Lynn says:

      မူရင္း ေရးသူက Yoshihiro Tatsumi ။ ကိုေျမမႈန္လြင္ကေတာ့ အဂၤလိပ္ဘာသာကေန တဆင့္ ဘာသာျပန္တယ္ေျပာထားတယ္။ အဂၤလိပ္လို ဘာသာျပန္သူကေတာ့ ယူဂ်ိအုိနိကိ။ စာအုပ္ရဲ အစမွာတင္ စာအုပ္အမ်ိဳးအစားကို ရွင္းျပထား [...]

    • Lateef Amodu says:

      This graphic novel contains nine short stories set in the 1940s post war Japan and during 1970s. It contains themes on the Hiroshima bombing and American occupation of Japan. Plus, other social issues in Japan relating to family, loneliness, career, relationships and sex. The story ranges from tense, shocking to sad. I enjoyed reading every story in this graphic, my favourite was “Hell”. The black and white illustrations were excellent, really depicts characters and scenery well. It’s a un [...]

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