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Tales from the Inner City - Shaun Tan

Tales from the Inner City

By: Shaun Tan

Hardcover Published: 26th September 2018
ISBN: 9781760523534
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 10+ years old

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A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

Where can we live if not in each other's shadow?

World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. 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.

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.

An utterly beautiful book!

5

"Where money gathers, so do pigeons. They flock to great financial centers like so many accountants in smart grey waistcoats and glittering collars, bright-eyed, strutting, nodding, darting purposefully between the fiscal-black heels of merchant bankers, bartering every walking minute for a tidy profit." Tales from the Inner City is a picture book for adults by award-winning Australian illustrator and author, Shaun Tan. What a wonderful book! Shaun Tan is so talented. There are twenty-five tales, the beginning of each denoted by the black silhouette of a creature: perhaps an animal, bird, fish or insect. This is followed by text, sometimes as prose, sometimes as verse. Some stories are very short, others up to thirty-six pages long. Mostly at the end, but sometimes throughout the story, colour illustrations depict some part of the tale. Those illustrations, wow! They are exquisite, evocative, luminous. The stories that accompany them vary: some are very sad; some are delightfully funny; some are sweet; some are portentous; some are insightful; and some perfectly illustrate the human race's blindness to what is. Most are wise and some are clever, and Tan's prose is often just as evocative as his art: "How much do I love our family? This much. When nothing turns out to be what we hoped, we still hope it turns out to be something. We are never the ones to say that life is disappointing. We are always too busy doing stuff., even if we have no idea why." All this elegance on quality glossy paper contained within a superb hardcover binding. The cover story (Moonfish) is likely to be a favourite, both for the story and the illustration, but the frogs, the dog, the owl, the cat, the bears and the butterflies are exceptional among a book full of tales bound to appeal to many readers. What will this brilliant man come up with next? An utterly beautiful book!

Thirroul

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One of my favourite books ever!

5

I absolutely loved this book, and if you appreciate art, beauty and powerful poetry then it's the book for you! Would read it again :) it is great for teens and up

Sydney

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Stunning!

5

Possibly one of Shaun Tan's best ever. Not only is he an amazing illustrator, but his writing in this book is simply beautiful, simple, poetic ... the stories and their concluding illustration(s) are surprising and very powerful.

Marrickville

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Very Very Very Very Good

5

One of the best books I've read this year, so good highly recomend

Australia

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I love Shaun Tan's work!

5

I am enjoying reading this collection of stories and might tag some for students to read (some stories have swearing so choose carefully)

Melbourne

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A major work from Shaun tan

5

A collection of provocative and engaging illustrations attached to vignettes addressing connections between man and beast. This is an incredible work demanding several reads and plenty of enjoyment. It's a pretty 'wow' publication.

Georges Hall

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Good read, buy one!

5

Good read, good author, good illustrator, all of that gives you a good book.

Brisbane

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Tales from the Inner City

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ISBN: 9781760523534
ISBN-10: 1760523534
Audience: Children
For Ages: 10+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th September 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 18.5

Shaun Tan

About the Author


Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works as an artist and author in Melbourne.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar's WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011 he received the presitgious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature.

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