Also featuring: Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Cowboy Junkies, How many climate crisis books will it take to save the planet? World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. Shaun Tan has long been one of my favourite author/illustrator’s because of his detailed, beautiful and complex story-telling style. Erich Mayer is a retired company director and former organic walnut farmer. Tan describes his book as a flow of daydreams triggered by a story about crocodiles living in a skyscraper. He now edits the blog humblecomment.info. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan - Book Review Tales from the Inner City Author - Shaun Tan Publisher - Walker Studio Pages - 224 Released - 4th October 2018 ISBN-13 - 978-1406383843 Format - hardcover Reviewer - Stacey Rating - 4.5 Stars I received a free copy of this book Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? His haunting poetic prose and the captivating mysticism of his illustrations invade the very being of the reader. Publisher: Allen and Unwin Locality Mar/Apr – 2 new venues, 4 new CBR releases, festivals galore, and more! Visions 2020 full program sets sights on the future of the arts, Book Review: Rebel Without a Clause by Sue Butler (Pan Macmillan Aus), Book Review: Cadaver Dog by Luke Best (UQP). National Folk Festival, Become a member this month and save 20% off your Annual ArtsHub Membership. A must have for anyone who enjoys Shaun Tan’s work, and those who enjoy stories that make you think. From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict – of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse. Some are short stories, some are poems, some are musings. Rating: ★★★★.5 24 Sep 2018. Where can we live if not in each other’s shadow? Do you want to drive awareness of your event to an engaged audience? Author: Shaun Tan The end papers are gorgeous, and are a continuous wrap from front to back and you can feel the quality of the book. Their length varies, but their power is not a function of length. Tan paints the grey corners of metropolitan living as desolate but beautifully textured, an impersonal backdrop you could drown in but for extremely personal interest of owls, lungfish, foxes and bears. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Lovers of the arts will not be surprised that with Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan has once again produced an extraordinary work. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Unlock exclusive industry-focused arts hubs. RRP: $35.00 AUD. Tan more than once refers to humans as hairless apes and speculates that animals will still be around when the human race no longer exists. Hit the contribute button now to share your story. Animals, memories of animals, fantasies of animals infiltrate the cities we’ve built, a reminder there are some natural forces that won’t be ignored. For me, it’s never a question of if I will like one of Shaun Tan’s books – I always love them – but rather a question of what will I take away from it, and how will what I take away from it be different to someone else? The stories themselves offer a look at the way humans (and human choices) impact on wildlife – both in positive and negative ways. Plus a Stuart McMillen comic. What happens might be small, but what it means is huge and strange. Macca and Al, Super Pals by Matt Cosgrove. To review our subscription options please select, Copyright © 2000-2020 ARTS HUB AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, Receive industry jobs, news, and more to your inbox, Receive newsletters featuring leading industry jobs, news, opportunities and events. The publisher deserves credit for printing this book on high quality glossy paper, and using section sewn binding, thus allowing the many illustrations to be viewed at their best. ( Log Out /  The presentation is further enhanced by a contents page that shows a black silhouette of each animal, with the page number on which it first appears printed in white on its body. Kirsty Webeck, Netflix take on Armistead Maupin’s fiercely loved … That and the loneliness of Tan’s version of us, a species so lost it takes us exceptional effort to see even each other. All thoughts and opinions are my own. World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his extraordinary talent to ( Log Out /  Chris Ryan, A bear climbs the steps to the courthouse hand in hand with its lawyer. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Skyscrapers are the cliffs on which the pigeons perch. Liked it? Scholastic/Levine, $24.99 (224p) ISBN 978-1-338-29840-6. Take a second to support BMA Magazine on Patreon! Shaun Tan's Tales from the Inner City published by Allen and Unwin. But while it is said that the best children’s books are also loved by adults, Tales from the Inner City is best described as a brilliant book for adults that can also be loved by children. We are very lucky to have a second Shaun Tan in one year – this time a companion piece to the beautiful short-story collection, Tales from Outer Suburbia. Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City is a collection of short stories about a people out of touch with their world. Shaun Tan has once again produced an extraordinary work. Worth it for the art alone, or if you go for wistfulness, nostalgia, wanderlust. ( Log Out /  Dorothy-Jane, Tales from the Inner City Shaun Tan. While there are some healing moments in Tales from the Inner City, they’re far between in a series of reflections on the spiritual cost of being completely cut off from nature in the heart of urbanity. As wonderful as the short stories are, it’s the illustrations that’ll haunt you. Another of the stories is about fishing. Tales from the Inner City is a collection of short stories, each one featuring a different type of animal living within the ‘city’ – the place where humans and animals reside, sometimes with more success than others. Tales from the Inner City is a collection of 25 beautifully illustrated episodes. There’s a collective narrative about the nature and destiny of humans that’s mostly implied, given shape when the works are read all together. Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan’s trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Each episode is based on an animal – the first one is called ‘Crocodiles live on the eighty-seventh floor’ and the last, which features human beings, is titled ‘We tell each other the same story’. Review by Cara Lennon Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City is a collection of short stories about a people out of touch with their world. This is an extraordinary collection of mythical tales about our relationship with animals, both real and imagined. This book is billed by its publisher as an educational work targeted at children and teenagers. Title: Tales from the Inner City Author: Shaun Tan Published: October 2018 Publisher: Allen and Unwin Readership: Middle-Grade and up Genre: Fiction (Short Story collection) Rating: ★★★★.5 RRP: $35.00 AUD I received a copy of Tales from the Inner City from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Think you have a better idea? I received a copy of Tales from the Inner City from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Tan spends most of his words on the situations, the emotions they provoke, and of course, the animals. Genre: Fiction (Short Story collection) Even though the stories feature a particular animal, they take place in an urban environment. One of the outstanding episodes is a poem in words and pictures about the mutual love affair between humans and dogs. Published: October 2018 It’s a lovely hardcover (without dust-jacket) with thick, shiny pages to highlight Shaun Tan’s artwork. What story there is, is the kind you can draw from a photo, an overheard conversation, a paragraph of a newspaper article. This boy is persecuted because ‘he presented public lectures about a political system that would end all military conflicts, a fiscal system that gave a commercial index to moral virtue, and a world without religion’. All of the stories are thought-provoking and will sit with readers for a long time after reading. They may be here to help us, hunt us, or litigate, but most importantly they’re here because they exist.

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