Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine

This is a graphic novel about a Japanese-American man, Ben Tanaka. His longtime girlfriend, Miko Hayashi, accuses Ben of being attracted to white women. This is just one of her problems with Ben. What's really going on between them and can it be helped?

Ben is really not likable at the beginning of this book. I started to have some empathy for him toward the end. And at the very end, it was just heartbreaking, so give this guy a chance!

The dialogue in this book is spot on. The observations about ethnicity and relationships also hit close to home. Painful and heartbreaking, but I'm recommending it! However, if you happen to have some Asian male angst, I'm not recommending this to you because it might hit TOO close to home.

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