The Book of Human Insects

The Book of Human Insects Toshiko Tomura is a genius the darling of the intelligentsia A modern day Michelangelo this twenty year old is already an established international stage actress an up and coming architect and the

  • Title: The Book of Human Insects
  • Author: Osamu Tezuka
  • ISBN: 9781935654773
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • Toshiko Tomura is a genius the darling of the intelligentsia A modern day Michelangelo, this twenty year old is already an established international stage actress, an up and coming architect, and the next recipient of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize as Japan s best new writer Her actions make headlines in the papers, and inspire radio and television programming And likToshiko Tomura is a genius the darling of the intelligentsia A modern day Michelangelo, this twenty year old is already an established international stage actress, an up and coming architect, and the next recipient of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize as Japan s best new writer Her actions make headlines in the papers, and inspire radio and television programming And like many great talents, her troubled past is what motivates her to greatness She has the amazing ability to emulate the talents of others.Toshiko is also the mastermind behind a series of murders The ultimate mimic, she has plagiarized, blackmailed, stolen and replicated the works of scores of talents And now as her star is rising within the world of the elites and powerful she has amassed a long list of enemies frustrated by the fact that she has built critical and financial acclaim for nothing than copying others work Neglected as a child, she is challenging the concepts of gender inequality while unleashing her loneliness upon the world as she climbs the social ladder one body at a time.One of Osamu Tezuka s most wicked tales, The Book of Human Insects renders the 70 s as a brutal and often polarizing bug eat bug world, where only those willing to sell their soul to the masses and become something less than human are capable of achieving their wildest dreams

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    1. One of the weirdest book i've ever read. It started off good and pulled me into the story. It kinda reeled off a bit in the third chapter. Maybe i should have done a research on what they were talking about. I dunno, but it kinda felt weird and cringe reading some of the panels but they're essential to understand the mentality of Tomura. All in all its worth your time reading it

    2. 3.5Where this book succeeded was having a thrilling and dynamic story, even if without a clear plot, and creating several intriguing characters with some decent character development over its course. Where it failed was not developing them enough. Instead of uni-dimensional characters we get excellent two-dimensional characters, but they largely end up seeming like empty puppets. It all could have been redeemed if we got more insight into the mind of the protagonist, Toshiko Tomura, or at least [...]

    3. Mi primer Tezuka. Se entiende enseguida el prestigio que tiene. La distancia con otros autores del manga y del cómic en general es enorme, tanto en calidad como en personalidad. Dibujo sencillo y muy expresivo para una historia muy bien trazada. Qué personajes. Este libro es de 1970. Ahora lo reedita -magníficamente- Astiberri.

    4. I had no idea what I was getting into. I don't know the first thing about mangabut this has got to be the weirdest book I read this year!

    5. Osamu Tezuka è un artista di fama internazionale non a caso. Per quanto mi riguarda, pur non essendo particolarmente affezionato ai manga in genere, devo riconoscergli una capacità di inventare di inventare personaggi e situazioni molto insolita, il che fa di molte delle sue creazioni, perlomeno quelle che ho letto io finora, dei capolavori del genere. Anche questa "Cronaca" riflette tutti i tratti caratteristici dell'autore e ogni co-protagonista ha una sua funzione peculiare. Si legge nella [...]

    6. Tezuka kept me guessing in every chapter. He takes aim at the "new breed" he saw coming up in the 70s, obsessed with consumerism and free sex, and follows those values to absurd (and absurdly entertaining) lengths. What's it like to live only knowing how to imitate, seduce, and acquire? How does one resist such a lifestyle without becoming a victim? Several different lifestyles (celebrity, corporate, artistic) are corrupted by Toshiko Tomura, who always gets her way. Follow her around awhile; Te [...]

    7. Before Catherine Trammell, there was Toshiko Tomura. A genius who is the fastest learner in the East, with parasitic tendencies.While most of us know of Tezuka because of his works such as Astro Boy and Black Jack, this book, published by Vertical Inc. gives us a look at his full range of talent, especially in writing a psycohlogical thriller work. Due to the content, it is in some ways similar to MW, his other extremely dark manga.

    8. Interesante relato de Tezuka. Un drama en varios actos con una femme fatale algo atípica y de la que no me extrañaría que surgieran tvmovies antenatreseras.En serio, muy buen manga.

    9. another fantastic Tezuka creation. this one however leaves the reader with no sense of relief at the end! Amy Dunne from Gone Girl could certainly take some lessons from the femme fatale of The Book of Human Insects. after chapter one, the book somewhat reminded me of Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes as both use the "inescapable devil woman" and insect theme - both were even composed roughly 8 years apart! however, Abe's book is a gritty psychological thriller while Tezuka's 1970 graphic novel [...]

    10. L'inizio di "La cronaca degli insetti umani" (bellissimo titolo) è molto interessante: pur con i modi sbrigativi di Tezuka, viene presentato un personaggio affascinante, una donna che, si percepisce da subito, nasconde qualcosa: un segreto inconfessabile. Il resto, ed è un peccato, si sviluppa troppo velocemente. Se nei primi capitoli non è un problema sapere che Toshiko Tomura è una perfida manipolatrice, che copia le persone per poi abbandonarle al proprio destino, che assorbe le buone car [...]

    11. One of Osamu Tezuka's more "serious" works, although maybe it just seems that way because it doesn't have the kind of wacky gags, formal experimentation, or cameo appearances that fill so much of his work. Instead, it's a fairly adult story about a woman who finds a way to survive by latching on to someone with talent and imitating/plagiarizing them to the point that it drives them to death. It takes a lot of twists and turns, and there's plenty of sex and violence, and I'm still thinking about [...]

    12. Femme Fetale'nin bitmek bilmez entrikaları. Çok keyifle okuduğum söylenemez. Ama Tezuka ile tanışmak açısından iyi oldu. Hikayeyi bu denli uzatıp sarkıtmasa çok iyi olurmuş, bir yerden sonra artık bunaldım, zorlukla bitirebildim. Hızlı okuma yapabilenlere tavsiye edilebilir.

    13. Great twisted storyA somewhat twisted story about a plagiarist. Lots of interesting plot twists and a great ending. A really fun gripping story.

    14. This is interestingly similar to Ben Ames Williams' novel The Strange Woman. If you enjoyed this, I'd suggest hunting down a copy of the other.

    15. Listen, I don't want to scream "misogyny!" every time I read a story written by a man about a female character I don't like. But between this andAyako it's kind of hard to ignore. First of all, Tezuka's Ayako is all about a nubile young woman who systematically destroys everyone around her. She has very little personality. The Book of Human Insects is about a nubile young woman who systematically destroys everyone around her. She has very little personality. I understand that in gekiga character [...]

    16. Entre toda la mediocridad humana que la rodea, Toshiko Tomura destaca como un sol en medio de la oscuridad: con apenas 20 años es una actriz de éxito internacional, una arquitecta en ciernes y, en definitiva, la reencarnación contemporánea de Leonardo Da Vinci. Guapa, encantadora y misteriosa, Toshiko es el objeto de envidia y admiración de todos los hombres y mujeres que están a su alrededor Pero la aparición de Ryotaro, un antiguo amante, nos descubrirá que no es oro todo lo que reluce [...]

    17. I'm starting to fall in love with Osamu Tezuka; after reading MW, I wonder if he has more evil geniuses in the rest of his works, more clever plots and intrigues."The Book of Human Insects" is about a single human insect, really, despite the title: Toshiko Tomura, a woman whose sole talent is to imitate others until she steals their identities. When she becomes an actress, she effectively takes on a successful actress's mannerisms, style and personality until she becomes that particular actress. [...]

    18. This was an odd mixture of enjoyment and alienation for me. I'm not a huge Tezuka aficionado, so it was a new experience to read his stuff, especially the more "adult" driven work. It feels weird to read: there are big themes and interesting characters, but a cartoony sensibility puts a limit on how affecting their stories can be. The drawings of jazz clubs and urban industrializing 1960s Japan are just magical. The set piece where one character is killed in rhythm with a nearby piledriver was p [...]

    19. while i wouldn't classify this among tezuka's best work, toshiko tomura is a brilliant character, both because her character is just that in her pursuit of diverse talents and because she has a way of remaining sympathetic in the eyes of the reader despite being at the center of many lives that are ruined along her path to success. many of those she victimizes in her process of copycatting develop a begrudging respect for her, and some cannot shake the love they had developed for her, maybe beca [...]

    20. This is only the second novel of Tezuka that I have read, but if this is any indication of the quality I should expect from his vast oeuvre (this book is rated nowhere near his best among critics), then I am in for a treat. Tezuka, eternally optimistic and idealistic though he was, nevertheless released a series of incredibly dark and cynical graphic novels throughout the 1970s. 'The Book of Human Insects' is one such novel, with 'MW' being another classic example, and one that I am currently re [...]

    21. I agree with the reviewer who was dissatisfied with the work because of the ambiguity of the main character. It was a bit frustrating trying to decode her actions at times and by the end things are still left unclear. There is always this uncertainty to her actions and her responses, there is always doubt to her sincerity and emotions. However, it's pretty amazing that Tezuka was able to craft a character so cunning that they deceived the reader in this way, almost paralleling what a clever woma [...]

    22. The dust jacket called this book the first of Tezuka's mature works, aimed for adults. However, I found that this wasn't the kind of profound, literary adult audience of Phoenix or Buddha, but rather the one of racy airport fiction. The plot uses the kind of multi-leg segmentation that Tezuka later uses to great effect in some of the volumes of Phoenix - a 'Simpsons' kind of plot where an entire story arc is used only to introduce another one. The issue here is that there is no "real" plot that [...]

    23. Though modern at the time (1970s), Tezuka's artwork is now nostalgic, big eyes, clean lines, and economically illustrated pages. His storytelling, however, is timeless. By the end of the book, Katydid, I actually felt sort of sorry for Tezuka's protagonist (in spite of my wishing she had met her just deserts). In the end, she is alone, having destroyed her safety nets. The Book of Human Insects was a book I couldn't put down. Despite skipping to the end, it still engaged me because I wanted to k [...]

    24. An interesting tale of a narcissist and the lives of the people she destroys. I felt that the lack of background on the main character is the primary short coming of the novel. It makes the book appear somewhat misogynistic with men constantly having their talents taken advantage of by a beautiful, but "otherwise boring" woman. To say that she is meant to be a blank slate would be more acceptable except that what is revealed about the woman's relationship with her past is extremely bizarre. Howe [...]

    25. Another incredible work by manga-master Osamu Tezuka. While the artwork was fairly loose and more comical when compared to the wonderfully illustrated "Ayako," "The Book of Human Insects" is equally as effective at portraying Tezuka's dark, twisted, and downright psychopathic characters. Although Toshiko Tomura's actions seem random and unjustifiable, the more you come to know her as a master manipulator and true psychopath, the more you'll understand her wild actions and hope that somehow, she' [...]

    26. Magnífica incursión de Tezuka en el "gekiga", el tebeo adulto japonés inventado por Tatsumi, mezcla de novela negra, melodrama, thriller psicológico, Rampo Edogawa, política, sexo triste y perversión con un delicioso sabor a años 70 (es acojonante que este tebeo se publicara en 1970). La narración es fantástica, abundan las viñetas memorables, y, de nuevo, esa pasmosa habilidad para pasar de la caricatura a la tragedia, del drama a la comedia, de la narración sencilla, casi infantil, [...]

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