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The Walking Man Paperback – March 15, 2006
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Jiro Taniguchi was born 1947 in Tottori, Japan. He trained in the 60's and debuted in 1971 in 'Young Comic'. During the 70's he worked with author Natsuo Sekikawa before launching into their massive work 'The times of Botchan' in the 80's. The 90's saw many solo works including the prize winning 'A Distant Neighborhood'. The new millenium saw Taniguchi's epic adaptation of Baku Yumemakura's novel 'The Summit of the Gods' into a 1500 page manga. He continues to live and work in Japan.
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Our nameless salaryman goes out of his way to walk, often nowhere in particular, observing & enjoying the world around him. A decision to deviate from a usual path leads him through a narrow alley, breaking routine & becoming an adventure. Every story is about those ephemeral but deeply moving grace notes all around us, if we'd only stop to see them & drink them in.
And the connections he makes aren't only with Nature. Several stories are about brief encounters with people on the street -- an old man who allows our hero to follow along, sensing a kindred spirit ... a woman returning to the cherry tree of her childhood, so that she can sprawl in its fallen blossoms once more ... children who've lost a toy airplane in the branches of a tree.
Our "hero," did I say? Yes, the most mundane acts of everyday life can indeed be heroic, opening wondrous new vistas, if approached with the proper attitude. There's a sense of openness here, a willingness to accept whatever comes next, a relaxed yet focused awareness of the world -- in a way, reading these stories feels like meditation.
And the art is beautiful, with clean, simple lines that often become rich (but never cluttered) detail. Taniguchi knows how to use empty spaces & silence to convey a wealth of feeling. The reader can return to these stories over & over again, drawing a renewed & quiet strength from them each time. Most highly recommended!
Like Herge's famous Tintin series, the people are somewhat cartoony but all the other elements, from clothing, nature, and cityscape are richly detailed and precise. However, unlike most comics, there's no real story being told -- it's all about time. The salaryman who navigates the mostly wordless pieces is intent on savoring his surroundings, taking the time to notice the miracles of nature that unfold all around us all the time, and the brief encounters with strangers that can connect us to the larger spirit of humanity -- if we take the time to engage.
However, it would be an oversimplification to say the book is a celebration of "stopping to smell the roses," because the salaryman is both observative and curious. He goes for long walks, often alone, sometimes with his dog Snowy (perhaps a direct reference to Tintin?), and ever so often, with his wife. On these walks, he exhibits an almost spiritual communion with nature -- he's always running his hands through leaves, admiring gardens, letting the rain fall on him, floating in water. Although never made explicit, the connections with Shintoism appear to be quite direct. One thing is for sure, after you read this -- or rather absorb the art within the crisply controlled panels -- you won't walk anywhere the same way for a while.
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it's a grown up sort of book, probably best understood by men who grew up on comics and walking around, like i did.