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Shortcomings

Tomine, Adrian (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Shortcomings


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From the pre-eminent cartoonist of his generation comes the most anticipated graphic novel of 2007. Adrian Tomine's first long-form graphic novel is the story of a confused, obsessive Japanese-American male in his late 20s and his cross-country search for contentment--or at least the perfect girl. Tomine tackles modern culture, sexual mores and racial politics with brutal honesty and lacerating, irreverent humour, while deftly bringing to life a cast of painfully real antihero characters. "Adrian Tomine ... may be the best prose writer of the bunch. His young people, falling in and out of relationships, paralyzed by shyness and self-consciousness ... take on a certain dignity and individuality." (Charles McGrath, New York Times Magazine)
Authors: Tomine, Adrian, 1974-
Title: Shortcomings
Publisher: Montréal :, Drawn & Quarterly,, 2007.
Characteristics: 108 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,25 cm.
ISBN: 9781897299166
1897299168
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Report This Nov 27, 2013
  • tegan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A dissolving relationship and an unresolved ending made this book a bit on the depressing side. If it weren't for Alice, the main character's best friend, I probably wouldn't have bothered finishing this book.

Report This Jun 29, 2012
  • azbier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really feel that it is disrespectful of the Windsor Public Library (central) to place works like this in the Young Adult section of the library. It should be shelved in the Fiction section. Just because something looks like a "Comic" should not devalue its artistic and literary value. Any counter arguments to this could be used to argue that all of the items in the regular fiction section should also be classified as "Young Adult". I can only conclude that this and many other "Graphic Novels" or "Sequential Art" are classified based on limited information and bias.

Report This Jun 30, 2011
  • JustinRay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As realistic as any prose fiction. A sad story that raises more questions than it answers and requires reflection to appreciate.

Report This Jan 24, 2011
  • itstartswithano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

LOVED this! Clever observation of modern life and relationships. I only wish the story kept going...

Report This Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Simply written and neatly drawn, this volume displays Adrian Tomine's obvious experience and skill with the comic medium. There are no superheros or villains here, all the drama comes from real modern day people. You may not like all of the characters, but you certainly know one or two. Fans of California's East Bay will appreciate direct references to Mills College, University Theater and Interstate 880 (p 34). There are also some veiled nods to College Avenue's Crepevine and Pegasus Books (p 13 & 17), Mama's Royale Cafe on Broadway (p 44), The Smokehouse on Telegraph (p 57) Juan's Place on Carleton (p 59),and a really subtle appearance of the legendary but now defunct Cody's at Telegraph and Haste (p 60).

Report This Mar 04, 2010
  • fblichert rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very funny book. Adrian Tomine cleverly illustrates the difficulty of finding one's place in the world, while posing interesting questions about relationships, race, and gender.

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Report This Apr 24, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

J_Duncan_Cook thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Report This Apr 24, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jaded tri-genarian Ben Tanaka has a decent life but manages to find enough to complain about. Managing a local theater also seems to distance him from his girlfriend Miko's interest in independent film, looking down on her Asian Film Festival with enough self loathing for both of them. His friend Alice Kim is a womanizing woman and manages to aid him in some semblance of a social life. Add to this one cross country internship for Miko, a new, cute flirty punker employee at the theater, and a waffling bisexual white girl making his acquaintance and Ben has his hands full. It seems Ben knows what he doesn't want, but does he really want what he thinks he does?

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Report This Apr 24, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There are some aggressive racial and sexual discussions.

Report This Apr 24, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: References to and a couple of sexual acts.

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Report This Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"You know, there's still a part of me that thinks when I land in Oakland, everything will just be...back to normal." -Ben to Alice

Report This Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I love this place. I don't think ther's a healthy item on the menu." -Sasha to Ben

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  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Oh, that's one of my works-in-progress. I wake up every morning, go pee, and then take a picture. I've been doing it since January." -Autumn to Ben

Report This Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Still, I'm sure my family would rather see me with a Japanese boy than a Korean girl." -Alice to Ben

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  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“God, you drive me crazy sometimes. It's almost like you're ashamed to be Asian." -Miko to Ben”

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