Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi

“Red Colored Elegy” / Youth Services Book Review / Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA / February 10, 2018

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? To read this graphic novel is to experience avant-garde art of the 1970's, when it was originally written. The manga style art alternates between reality and fantasy, and at time feels surreal. Along with the art, the characters' emotions drive the story, and artists Ichiro's and Sachiko's highs and lows clue the reader in to their relationship's ultimate demise. But along the way their art and the artistic intercessions that animate the story provide a rich experience for the experienced manga reader. Despite the narrative weirdness, the art is sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. Back matter includes an extensive academic essay on Hayashi, with panels and photos from earlier years.
To whom would you recommend this book?  This is for the manga purist or scholar. The stylistic eccentricities will not appeal to everyone.

Who should buy this book? Larger public libraries and universities

Where would you shelve it ? Adult graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Only if you are a manga lover.

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