Drifting Life

By Yoshihiro Tatsumi

4 Readers

Niklas

Vanessa

Laura

Håkan


Niklas Pivic Drifting Life

Stylistically, there is not much to be said: this is a work by a master. Both the drawing and the text dance and merge so well together, over time, that this, more-than-800-pages, leaps out at the reader and makes for an interesting read, no matter if you're "into" comics, graphic novels or manga (and, indeed, gegika) or not.

Tatsumi writes of his life as a young manga lover. He reads, discovers, and at the same time experiences life, love and family troubles, mainly through his ill brother.

While this is a far cry from modern graphic novels, Tatsumi uses space - both in text and in drawings - to great advantage, which I always feel is one of the hallmarks of a master at her or his trade. His tale is one of marvel: at the manga world, at reading, at creating, at becoming forced to deal with the business side of his passion for manga, while growing up. His family's problems and fortés spring at the reader, and he, our protagonist, finds love, in some ways.

I found the ending to be the most non-likeable part of this book. While it's explosive in one way, it's still left the reader hanging, and I wonder: is there more?

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Niklas Pivic finished reading Drifting Life

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Niklas Pivic Drifting Life

So far: a masterpiece. What a way to write about being passionate and attempting to create more of what you're passionate about while being original!

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Niklas Pivic read 210 pages in Drifting Life

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Laura Hrivnak Drifting Life

Fill in "gegika" with your own passion:

"In his youth, Katsumi had poured all his passion into the specter that was gegika. In restrospect, he was happy then." (narrator)

"I've drifted along, demanding an endless dream from gegika. And I...probably...always will..." (Katsumi)

To me, this last quote is one that reveals a stark truth.

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Laura Hrivnak Drifting Life

"Time swallows up everyone, without distinction between the genius and the ordinary."

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Laura Hrivnak finished reading Drifting Life

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Laura Hrivnak read 150 pages in Drifting Life

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Laura Hrivnak read 299 pages in Drifting Life

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Laura Hrivnak Drifting Life

"Boss, you're putting the cart before the horse!"

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