Authors: Adrian Tomine
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Categories: Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Lending Period: 7 days
Adrian Tomine draws his mid-twenties slackers with an impeccable, exact line for every slumpy gesture and cultivated rumple. In Shortcomings, this ex-wunderkind tackles a book-length Comic for the first time after three collections of stories, and his maturity shows not so much in the ages of his characters, who are still slackly wandering, dropping out of grad school or managing a movie theater, but in his calm and masterful handling of his story, in which vividly individual characters wander through the maze of imposed and self-generated stereotypes of Asian and American identities (the title is a wry allusion to one of the most enduring of those assumptions). Never has that old commonplace that the personal is the political seemed more paralyzing, and more true. --Tom Nissley
Availability: Available (Not Available for Children)
Good quick read. When we talk about culture and what is acceptable! it''s always a point of view. This novel narrates how community and individual feel when they are not in their own home country. Also lot's of personal - internal fight.