tales from outer suburbia

1 06 2012

The last book I read by Shaun Tan was The Arrival.  That one was unique, to say the least.  It was a wordless picture book, but each picture was easily worth that 1,000 words folks talk about.

This one is even more different.  The tales in this book are a series of unconnected short stores that all take place on the outskirts of suburbia, presumably in Tan’s native Australia.  The stories cover a bunch of different topics – a water buffalo that gives directions, instructions on how to create your own pet, the world’s oddest foreign exchanges student, and some very strange wedding traditions.  My favorite was a free-verse poem called “Distant Rain,” that was unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

Sometimes we need something a little different, some people really enjoy quirky and weird, sometimes you just want something new.  Whenever that’s the case, pick up this book.   In this world there’s good weird and bad weird.  This is awesome weird.

This summer I’m trying to read 90 books in 90 days.  This one was #9.

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