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THE PLEASURE OF DRAWINGKyoto, 1966. The young Hamaguchi is working for a textile manufacturer whilst dreaming of becoming an artist, when an incident at the zoo forces his hand. He moves to Tokyo at the invitation of an old school friend who also arranges an "interview" at the studios of the famous mangaka, Shiro Kondo. Here he quickly discovers both the long hours of meetTHE PLEASURE OF DRAWINGKyoto, 1966. The young Hamaguchi is working for a textile manufacturer whilst dreaming of becoming an artist, when an incident at the zoo forces his hand. He moves to Tokyo at the invitation of an old school friend who also arranges an "interview" at the studios of the famous mangaka, Shiro Kondo. Here he quickly discovers both the long hours of meeting studio deadlines along with the nightlife and artistic haunts of the capital. For the first time ever, multi-award winning Taniguchi recalls his beginnings in manga and his youth spent in Tokyo in the 60's. It is a magnificent account of his apprenticeship where all the finesse and elegance of the creator are united to illustrate those first emotions of adulthood....

Title : A Zoo in Winter
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ISBN : 9781908007049
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 231 Pages
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A Zoo in Winter Reviews

  • Mariel
    2018-11-14 20:03

    My goal wasn't especially to do sketches......but, somehow or other, this is where I'd end up.This is a story about a teenage kid who knows what he wants. He knows that he doesn't want to work in a textile office. He wants to do something with pictures, maybe. Maybe he wants to sit on a bench and draw the animals in the zoo. If he has a day off he might like to do that. If his boss says chaperon my wayward daughter so she doesn't get into trouble. If he loses his job because she ran off on her husband with her boyfriend then he'll fall into a job as an assistant to a manga artist. Jiro Taniguichi made an autobiographical manga about his own uprising in 1960s Tokyo. I guess that's what he wanted to do and, yeah, that's what this is.But the background surrounding Hamaguchi is more vivid than the blah blah blah of the speech boxes. I wanted to ignore the speech boxes. The events leading up to Hamaguchi finally realizing that he wanted to write a manga after all weren't that interesting. Less interesting was how IMPORTANT it was for him to write. The good stuff happened to everyone else. He didn't notice them but I did. I don't know about Jiro Taniguchi. It is in his pictures so he must have had some inkling. Maybe he felt the pulling outside of his peripheral vision. Maybe his hands were speaking what his mouth was blind to.A polar bear snarls in his cage as the kid absently holds his drawing pad. By the way, I had wanted to read this because I hoped it would be as good as my own zoo in winter (a different Tanijuchi has sat on my goodreads to-read list for years. I will never be able to afford it. They want all of my appendages for it. Why not read something and see if it is worth the cost of even a finger). In November of 2011 I visited the Berlin zoo. The reindeer were my favorite (and the Swedish cows, and some kind of an otherworldly pig whom I felt a connection with). There was something haunting, or something magical and hauntingly magical about the animals living in the grim forest. Prisoners still eating, maybe they didn't care. I was frozen to my toes. I've never been that cold before or since. An old lady chatted to me about the reindeer and I didn't understand a word she said. I wonder if the reindeer were happier living in the zoo than they would be as a Sami meal. The kid doesn't seem to think about how the animals feel. I know he doesn't. When he finally writes his super important manga he includes the animals at the suggestion of a girl he has just met (he knows her further because it is suggested to him he visit her in the hospital. Decisions just aren't this kids makeup). She has ideas about a girl a boy could save, and the animals. It is sweet how happy she looks, her belief in this story someone else could write. Why doesn't she write herself... He doesn't save the animals! They go on living, in the zoo, if they go on living at all. He never says. But in the pictures....In the sweat and unsaid frame by frame his coworkers toil at the deadlines for a richer than their wildest dreams (at least enough to buy local brew and manga) manga-ka. Kondo seldom appears. His assistants, though. When one of them has written something the kid is envious that he hasn't been writing anything himself. Today doesn't belong to yesterday when someone else wasn't doing what he isn't. What I saw was his drunken eyes as the budding writer swears he will not be a washed up assistant for his entire career. The senior assistant is sitting at the same table and I don't know if he wanted to kill him or himself. The blooming artist won't be published after all, maybe doomed as an assistant for his entire career. I also noticed that it is commented a lot that his work bears a resemblance to Kondo's. Of course it did. They did all of the work! It probably wasn't unintentional this depiction of the bitter slide after "the big break" of getting a toe in the door slam of manga. You're only as good as your next. It just felt oddly as if it were happening out of Hamaguchi. His black cloud changes from silver to rainbows to black and it could rain or shine for everyone else, depending on who is waking up. He had a brother. A big brother type with big shoulders and big everything. He gets up from the table to go handle it when a girl Hamaguchi knows has been giving a tough time by some creeps at the bar where she works. He watches out for mom and his brother. He had given up artist dreams to take care of everyone else. Hamaguchi never even knew. I liked his pictures. He wears plain white shirts and a face to take for granted. So that chick he is set up with. The girl who is broken more every time you see her. No one ever touches her and she breaks. Her heart probably fainted at the unhelped thought no one ever would. I wish someone would have shaken Hamaguchi when he whines that the letter she writes about his manga getting published wasn't "enough". She's dying, you asshole! I'm not sure if she's really dying. More like a crumpled pile of clothes without the body still in it. She'll probably get moved to another specialist hospital for more tests and you can't do anything. I wish he had thought about her feelings more than how proud he was of himself, or rather wanted to be more proud but she had to tell him he was. Her worth as a person should have been more than giving him the idea that maybe he should write manga (and coughs the idea for the story as well). What a tool, really. I don't know if Taniguchi is off the hook because of the pictures knowing them anyway. It is never said what happens to anyone else. He wishes he could save her like in the manga. But what about everyone else? The only person he meets anything is ever said about is the first girl who inadvertently pushes him out of textiles. She's holding down a job because her boyfriend can't get work. I wonder if he takes care of their baby or if she does all of that too. She says she's happy. It doesn't feel like Hamaguchi asked. But did we only meet her again so she could give him the idea to go visit his sorta dying sorta girlfriend in the hospital? It was a funny way of showing a guy who doesn't know anything. The pictures were in the spite of him, the I don't know what I want and this is what is real, and the text bubbles were like him getting shoved into doing anything, I guess, and making unreal by being a stupid human.

  • Vicki
    2018-11-03 01:13

    I love Jiro Taniguchi's quiet nostalgic books, and this delivers that feeling to a tee.I think this book is semi-autobiographical, but either way it's about a young man and how he begins his career as a manga artist in Tokyo.This book has a very different feel to a lot of other manga published in English. Its a bit more sedate and covers experiences that many adults have had (e.g. the strangeness of moving to a new city and changing your lifestyle for a job). However, if that sounds a bit boring, I still found it to be an engrossing page-turner of a book. I think that Taniguchi's previous 2-volume series, A Distant Neighbourhood, is slightly more successful in the storytelling though, as I found this one ended rather abruptly and I really could have done with 1 or 2 more volumes about what happened next!Anyone wanting something similar but longer, maybe try out Yoshihiro Tatsumi's 'A Drifting Life' - its an autobiographical piece about Tatsumi's career as a manga artist, and the gekiga movement (when manga began to move from only being for children, to including darker comics for adults)

  • Dario Malic
    2018-11-08 21:59

    Jiro Taniguchi je autor koji mi jednostavno leži. Njegovi životni likovi, jednostavna naracija i jasan i precizan crtež ukazuju na sreću koja se krije u malim stvarima i izazivaju u meni osjećaj mira i opuštenosti. Sve navedeno vrijedi i za ovo djelo iako je ono možda mrvicu "lakše" od ostalih radova koje sam čitao. Priča, temeljena na autorovom životu, govori o mladom momku koji ulazi u svijet manga crtača i posredno u svijet odraslih. Priča je to o sazrijevanju, prvoj ljubavi i mukotrpnom radu i činjenica da ne donosi ništa novo nimalo ne umanjuje uživanje u njoj. Taniguchi je svakako autor kojem ću se često i s radošću vraćati.

  • Inge Janse
    2018-11-14 20:16

    Okay, maar niet wereldschokkend. Het verbaast me vooral dat Japan ook in comics zo ondoorgrondelijk is. Veel lijkt aan de oppervlakte te blijven, terwijl de grote motieven impliciet de personages voortstuwen. Grafisch is het weinig imposant en vooral erg schetsmatig. Het einde is ook nogal abrupt. Maar goed, ik heb nooit veel van Japanners begrepen.

  • E.
    2018-10-18 00:15

    A young office employee leaves his work to become a manga apprentice in the atelier from a famous artist. It is a very demanding work, but he is fulfilling his passion. While his dream is to become a manga artist, it is the acquaintance of a young, beautiful girl of fragile health condition who encourages him to try hard, and influences him. We follow as the character gradually matures from child to man.

  • ❄ Pixelflocke ❄
    2018-11-02 20:09

    Dies ist jetzt die 3. Geschichte, die ich von Taniguchi lese. Diesmal geht es um den jungen Hamaguchi, der in den 70er Jahren in Tokyo seinen Traum als Mangaka arbeiten zu können verfolgt. Die Geschichte soll stark autobiographisch geprägt sein.Taniguchis Stil ist auch hier wieder sehr klar erkennbar: feine klare Linien; reich an Details, aber nie überladen; die Panels sind sehr strukturiert angeordnet, die Handlung selbst wird ruhig und sparsam erzählt.Oftmals sind Taniguchis Charaktere eher unauffällige, äußerst durchschnittliche Personen, die auf den ersten Blick etwas hilflos und unbestimmt durch das Leben zu gleiten scheinen. Dies ist in dem Manga ebenso der Fall. Aber er schafft es auch hier wieder, jedem Protagonisten etwas Besonderes zu verleihen. Seine Erzählungen fangen den Alltag ein und heben die kleinen Details & Schönheiten des Alltäglichen hervor.Mir gefällt an "Ein Zoo im Winter" besonders, dass er so wertfrei und objektiv erzählt. Die Geschichte scheint sich wie von selbst zusammenzufinden. Keine melodramatischen Szenen oder ähnliches, aber dennoch fühlt man regelrecht mit, wie schwierig es ist seinem Lebenstraum zu verwirklichen und nicht auf halber Strecke aufzugeben.

  • Audeline
    2018-10-17 19:18

    "Un zoo en hiver" m'a changé de mes lectures de manga habituelles. Je suis plutôt dans Monster, Nana voire Cyborg Kuro Chan: des histoires qui n'ont rien à voir avec celle-ci. "Un zoo..." raconte comment Taniguchi (on m'a dit que c'était son histoire) est devenu mangaka, ses difficultés à trouver un sujet. C'est une histoire toute simple, l'histoire de beaucoup de mangaka certainement, très poétique et romantique. Je n'ai jamais lu aucune de ses histoires mais celle-ci m'a donné envie de découvrir ses autres ouvrages. J'ai bien aimé le dessin: précis, mais pas surchargé. L'histoire, qui n'est pourtant pas une aventure comme j'ai l'habitude d'en lire, est bien menée pour qu'on ait envie de savoir comment il va évoluer et comment il va entrer dans l'univers du manga.

  • Vale
    2018-10-31 02:07

    Taniguchi coglie il momento decisivo come Cartier-Bresson nella fotografia: i momenti che sembrano inutili ai più, dischiudono l'essenza del vivere ai suoi personaggi. Come farà a disegnare anche il silenzio?

  • Tazitazitazi
    2018-10-24 22:59

    Odličan način da se započne 2016. godina.

  • Sam Williamson
    2018-11-13 17:57

    I honestly don't know whether or not to feel encouraged or very sad after finishing this, but it was so lovely and felt so honest and the characters seem so real. It was a pleasure to read.

  • DoctorFeddy
    2018-10-24 23:59

    La storia di questo giovane designer che dopo varie vicissitudine si trova a lavorare come assistente di un mangaka di successo, in questa storia Taniguchi mette se stesso e cosa lo ha portato al successo, dei suoi drammi interiori e delle esperienze fondamentali per il suo lavoro. Non so fino a che livello sia autobiografia e dove cominci la storia romanzata, ma tu senti che è presente più che in altre sue opere. Nella storia Hanaguchi trova il modo per superare le sue insicurezze grazie all'aiuto fondamentale di Fukiko che lo sprona a fare meglio e lui dal canto suo vuole far leggere la sua storia alla ragazza per a sua volta spronarla a vivere nonostante la malattia. Il tratto di Taniguchi è molto realistico che non lascia spazio a sbavature o altro. La scena che mi a fatto divertire è quando Hamaguchi e il suo amico si rincontrano dopo un corso di disegno e con l'amico c'è anche la modella che pochi secondi prima aveva ritratto nuda, Molto imbarazzante!!!Do un 7 alla storia e 8 ai disegni

  • Aude Livresse des livres
    2018-11-07 20:13

    Cela faisait bien longtemps que je n'avais pas lu un Taniguchi. Le trait est précis, si beau, l'histoire (la sienne propre) est racontée simplement sans fioritures. Je retrouve tout ce que j'aime dans la culture japonaise (l'une de ses facettes) cette manière d'aborder la vie humblement, de ne pas juger l'autre, de travailler durement, on n'est pas dans la profusion des sentiments, tout est dans la retenue. Le dessin et le texte reflètent à merveille l'auteur. C'est un grand monsieur qui nous a quitté.

  • Intortetor
    2018-11-08 20:03

    un'autobiografia e uno spaccato del giappone fine anni '60 (con i tanti cambiamenti sociali di quel periodo), ecco cos'è questo "uno zoo d'inverno". e la descrizione del lavoro nello studio del fumettista kondo non deve esser tanto diversa da quella che avrebbe potuto fare chi faceva un lavoro analogo da queste parti. potrebbe uscirne fuori un bellissimo film, chissà se qualcheduno ci ha già pensato...

  • Books
    2018-10-28 23:55

    Questo autore possiede una tale delicatezza nei suoi fumetti che li rendi dei capolavori, uno stile unico poetico, astuto, scenografico, impeccabile.Taniguchi questa volta ci trasporta in una storia autobiografica che secondo me proprio per questo aspetto traspira emozioni, ricordi e realtà.un racconto emozionante, un scheggia di vita che mostra tutto giorni stupendi e giorni orribili, e il percorso per essere felici e realizzare i propri sogni.

  • Manfred Moonlight Ackermann
    2018-11-15 21:13

    Taniguchi fait preuve de justesse quand il raconte les aventures d'un mangaka certainement fortement inspiré de sa propre vie (de quel ordre, je ne sais pas vraiment). Toujours aussi efficace, direct au coeur du lecteur, on suit les aventures de son personnage avec tendresse et compassion ... on en voudrait tellement plus.

  • Lupo
    2018-11-07 18:56

    L'autobiografia è sempre una questione difficile da gestire. Ma la poesia c'è.

  • Jesse Richards
    2018-10-27 00:01

    This is a little slow and repetitive, but had a great ending.

  • Élie
    2018-11-18 02:11

    Vraiment beaucoup aimé cet auteur que je ne connaissais pas. Les dessins sont beaux et simples et l'histoire est douce.

  • Child960801
    2018-11-06 01:07

    This is the story of a young man who becomes an assistant for a manga artist. Beautifully drawn.

  • Lionel
    2018-10-30 20:55

    Une autre perle de Taniguchi

  • Jim
    2018-10-21 21:13

    Is Taniguchi the world's greatest living artist working in the medium of comics? That's a question I ask myself every time I read one of his works. The combination of exquisite craftsmanship and masterful storytelling is pretty much hard to compare, at least from my perspective. Granted, his work might not be everyone's cup of tea. Maybe when it comes to comics or manga, you like stuff that's big and loud and genre oriented. But to be able to tell quiet, subtle, human level stories with such subtle grace and insight into the human condition is something I would normally only attribute to great novelist or master filmmakers. Doing quiet in comics is a much harder thing to do than stuff blowing up and in your face humor. And Taniguchi probably does it better than anyone.This appears to be a very autobiographical work, albeit fictionalized. The lead character is around Tanaguchi's age and is a mangaka. I guess one could say it's Taniguchi's origin story. Set in the late 1960s, a frustrated young man named Hamaguchi works for a small, fabric wholesaler as essentially a delivery person. But he aspires for a more creative career, presumably as a fabric designer. Everything changes when he is tasked by his boss to chaperone his willful and rebellious daughter, a young woman who has caused a scandal by leaving her husband and carrying on an affair with a married man. The daughter takes advantage of the naive young man and coerces him into taking her to rendezvous with the man she loves. When the affair is revealed, Hamaguchi presumably took some of the blame (we don't actually see his boss' reaction in the story) and considers leaving his position. Then a visit to a friend in Tokyo leads to an encounter and a series of whirlwind events that quickly ends with Hamaguchi becoming an assistant to a famous mangaka. Unlike American comic artists, it's common for a Japanese comic artist to employ several assistants who mainly do the tedious but important work of filling in black areas, adding tones, and sometimes drawing background. The industry in Japan is also notorious for the long, grueling hours spent over a drawing board, rushing to meet the demands of both weekly and monthly schedules. As with Yoshihiro Tatsumi's autobiographical "A Drifting Life," "A Zoo in Winter" provides an insider's view into the manga industry, at least how it existed some decades ago. Hamaguchi's life is filled with endless working days as well as sleepless nights in the company of a certain bohemian culture of hard drinking artists and musicians. About three quarters of the way through, the story takes a significant shift when Hamaguchi begins a relationship with a gravely ill young woman. We never really learn the exact nature of her illness, but it becomes obvious that she's not going to be around very long. Out of this relationship, Hamaguchi seems to find the inspiration to finish his own manga, which we assume will be successful and launch a long and successful career, just like that of the author's. The story ends a bit abruptly, which may disappoint some readers. We don't stick around to find out what happens to the young woman nor to see the results of Hamaguchi's efforts, though it's a safe bet that we can pretty much guess how both storylines would have ended.A Zoo in Winter contains a rich cast of distinctive and believable characters. I always appreciate these sort of insiders' views of the history of the Japanese comics industry and what motivates the young men and young women to work in a field that is anything but easy and not necessarily financially rewarding. This is a story that's both funny and touching and the entire range of emotions is presented with Taniguchi's typical subtlety and grace. Originally produced five years ago when Taniguchi would have already been about 60, this is a true master working at the height of his powers and is must reading for anyone who loves comics and, indeed, anyone who questions whether or not the medium of comics can qualify as a legitimate art form. A Zoo in Winter makes as strong a case for comics as true Art as any recent work I can imagine.

  • Michael Indiano
    2018-10-26 21:04

    A bit pretentious, but an interesting character story nonetheless.

  • Estara
    2018-10-31 01:49

    Very handsome edition, but why the heck did they have to flip the content? Both French and English manga lovers know how to read it the correct way and it makes following the speech bubbles quite awkward sometimes.The translation is workman-like to me, probably because the Japanese honorifics were gotten rid off as well. I wonder if they're simply trying to market this as a comic, as opposed to a manga. Hmm.Taniguchi's alter ego at 18 to 20 is as stoic of face as his protagonists usually seem to be (bearing in mind that I've otherwise only read The Walking Man), but he is very deft at interweaving the various characters into revealing the feelings and atmosphere that he remembers from those days.There's a very understated and sad love story here, a look at his relationship with his older brother and lots and lots about the manga scene and its various viewpoints in the late 60s. He does concentrate on the people he knew well, so you won't get Tezuka making a cameo here.It's a young man coming to the big city, finding his feet in his art, finding his feet in story-telling, experiencing clubbing and alcohol and love for the first time and finding his calling amidst it all in a very understated way.

  • Clodjee
    2018-11-02 01:01

    Ce manga nous en apprend un peu sur le travail d'assistant mangaka mais, fidèle à ses habitudes, Jirō TANIGUCHI se concentre surtout sur le quotidien (toujours à travers une perspective assez contemplative, introspective et nostalgique) et, dans ce cas particulier, sur les relations personnelles. Le récit d'Un zoo en hiver est excellent et l'histoire nous est racontée avec une grande maîtrise. Mais Taniguchi nous a déjà démontré ses talents narratif à maintes reprises. Ce qui m'a vraiment impressioné avec ce manga c'est son style qui offre une clarté et une précision presque parfaite. Ici, Taniguchi se surpasse vraiment. À la fois simple et profond, Un zoo en hiver est un superbe manga. C'est sans aucun doute l'une des meilleures oeuvres de Taniguchi que j'ai lu. C'est un volume unique (one-shot) qui se lit très bien et je le recommande chaudement.Voir mon commentaire complet sur : http://clodjee.blogspot.ca/2010/04/un...

  • Mars Dorian
    2018-11-08 01:03

    Jiro Taniguchi is my favorite mangaka as of lately. His stories feature a magical realism and allow a deeper look into Japanese daily life. Most of his mangas feature average people stuck in daily life, while longing for that something little extra.In Winter Zoo, Jiro shows the young adulthood of a man who accidentally becomes the assistant of a manga artist and longs to become an artist himself while juggling first love and the tough expectations of his brother and mother. According to the book description, the protagonist is a young version of the manga's artist Jiro himself, which gives this artwork an autobiographical touch. There's no real thrill or action going on here. This is a quiet graphic novel about hopes, dreams and life in a Japanese metropolis. If you enjoy this kind of work, you're in for a treat.

  • Hollowspine
    2018-10-20 00:03

    This was a very subdued and emotion filled book. Our protagonist Hamaguchi is a young man who at first lacks much motivation or direction in his life. He just lets life carry him following it wherever it leads, but lacking conviction or ambition. Inspiration comes to him in the form of a young girl, then his life begins to change. In some ways it was similar to the popular Shounen Jump title "Bakuman" as it is about a young manga assistant trying to get beyond just filling in the blacks and drawing backgrounds. But, unlike "Bakuman's" characters Hamaguichi lacks conviction and drive at first.My only criticism was the the novel seemed to end very abruptly, I wonder if there is or will be a sequel.

  • Mika Lietzén
    2018-10-29 23:01

    Nuori mies tahtoo mangakaksi 60-luvun Japanissa, siinä sivussa juopotellaan, kestitään isoveljeä ja tavataan tyttö. Taniguchin tapaan meno on hillittyä ja tarina hiipii päälle, vasta lopussa painovoima alkaa tuntua. Hahmojakaan ei päästetä helpolla, usempien kohdalla ensivaikutelma johtaa harhaan ja todellinen persoona piilee pinnan alla. Skenehistoriointi saattaa jotakuta liikuttaa, vaikka tuttuahan tää muistelugenre jo on (vrt. Eisner, Tatsumi, Pussey). Ei kenties ihan Distant Neighborhoodin tai Walking Manin tasolla, mutta lahkeita näykkii, ainakin hetkittäin. 231 sivua insinöörintarkkaa piirrosta.

  • Kanon
    2018-11-07 02:13

    En "Un Zoo en Invierno", Taniguchi vuelve a narrar una pequeña gran historia cotidiana que, aún común, es diferente. Trata de un joven que tiene vocación de dibujante de manga, y cómo, poco a poco, va logrando su meta, intercalando su pasión con su vida diaria. Nos adentra en el duro y apasionante mundo de ser mangaka. El dibujo me parece magnífico, los fondos, las expresiones faciales, los diálogos. Para quien guste de historias tranquilas, pero que te sorprenden, este manga es ideal. Me ha hecho cuestionar muchas cosas, tener curiosidad, me ha emocionado, he reído y llorado.

  • Lander
    2018-10-27 01:03

    Como siempre Taniguchi nos narra con pulso firme y un dibujo detallista y exquisito una pequeña historia de iniciacion intima cotidiana y emotiva. El paso de la infancia a la madurez de un joven aspirante a mangaka en Tokio. En 7 episodios somos testigos de como dejar la infancia atras es un paso agridulce n donde se mezclan los nuevos descubrimientos como el sexo, el amor y el alcohol con las primeras decepciones. Un canto a la esperanza ensoñadora de juventud no exenta de lis vslores tradicionales como esfuerzo. Eso si nis quedamis con ganas de más.

  • Géraldine
    2018-10-28 19:19

    Taniguchi est entre le manga et la bd occidentale. Cette histoire est, comme tjs avec lui, à la fois poétique et pudique. Le dessin est soigné, ce qui n'est pas tjs la cas, loin de là dans les mangas, et l'histoire est belle. Il parle ici de ses premières années en tant que assistant dessinateur de mangas, de ses premières années d'indépendance, ses premiers boulots, premières sortie et premier amour. Un joli roman d'apprentissage. Une valeur sure de la bande dessinée japonaise.