- Series: Barbara
- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569702829
- ISBN-13: 978-1569702826
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Barbara Paperback – October 9, 2012
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As far as the artwork goes, I was struck by how different parts of this felt from some of his other work. This was drawn at the same time as Black Jack and many of his other works, and while you can definitely identify it as Tezuka's style it differs in several ways. He seems to have experimented with the artwork in this volume, which is at times bizarre and at other times a little disconcerting. There are elements of playfulness in this volume, but the tone here is fairly somber for the most part. This is ultimately a tragic tale to tell of love, obsession, and loss.
I think what makes this so interesting is that the titular Barbara isn't really that likable of a character. She's an unapologetic drunk and while she does seem to care for Mikura, she's ultimately in it for herself, fully aware that whatever she has with him will more than likely be as fleeting as any of her interactions with her previous men. This is fairly different from some of Tezuka's other works, which usually have the lead female character being a positive character or at least a likeable one.Read more ›
This book Barbara really caught my attention. The sequence of events from beginning to end were unpredictable, you never knew what would be next. Barbara "not what she seems to be" works great.
The characters all have a degree of mystery to them, they have there secrets. In Mikura's case hallucinations, etc..and who knows what else? I like how some of these "secrets" are never fully discussed or discovered..think about it. This book is interesting and brilliantly done.
I hope the publisher continues to release quality like this. I'm glad I read it.. you will be too! A+
Mikura is a brilliant novelist, but he is a man of many vices: substance abuse and debauchery chief among them. Whenever the man is in a rut (or, interestingly enough, whenever he convinces himself that his works-in-progress just don't fly), he descends into a surreal madness whereby sex and violence dutifully ameliorate his creative "block." Barbara is an unknown. She drinks constantly, never bathes, speaks and behaves with a masculine capriciousness (here, the cultural context is important), and yet.... she can quote French poetry from memory, can recognize almost any work of fine art or literary art of centuries past, and is more honest with herself, sitting beneath a dirty pillar in the Shinjuku train station than the thousands of drones middling about her put together.
Why do the lives of these characters intersect? That's difficult to say.Read more ›