Blood on the Tracks, volume 2

Yours always
by Shuzo Oshimi | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 9781949980394 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/1/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 01, 2021
I got this softcover at Barnes and Noble. I found Volume One intriguing - and harrowing - and wanted to read more.

This series looks benign on the face of it, but as the title suggests, it's pretty dark. The story centers on Seiichi, a boy whose life seems normal and happy; his mother wakes him up for school, his classmates tease but seem to like him, he has a crush on a girl in his class... Details of daily life unfold, and seem pleasant if ordinary - and then the first hints of something off-key creep in, having to do with his mother's obsessive feelings. At the end of the last volume, Seiichi saw his mother commit a truly appalling act; how will that change his life?

This volume picks up after Shige's fall, as the family gathers around and waits for medical help to arrive. And poor Seiichi winds up corroborating his mother's account of what happened on the cliff top, terrified to do otherwise.

The book is full of closeups of faces and eyes and body postures - Shigi looking at Seiichi, Seiichi's mother looking at him, on and on, and each time with tiny details and cinematic effect, emotional and tense. You can see the thoughts behind the eyes, it's that powerful. Poor Seiichi has nightmares of his mother, and a dead cat she showed him when he was little, and of his mother with haunting all-black eyes...

And then things get even more tense: a classmate of Seiichi's drops by to give him a love letter, and when his mother finds out... yeah. It's a master class in a dysfunctional relationship.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd [OBCZ] in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Released 2 mos ago (2/10/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd [OBCZ] in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I left this book in my Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2021 Heads Shoulders Knees Toes challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
This one's gone unclaimed for a couple of months now, so I'm taking it out of rotation to make room for some different books.

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Fiske St. in Carlisle, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Released 3 wks ago (4/14/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library, Fiske St. in Carlisle, Massachusetts USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this in the Little Free Library on this lovely day; hope someone enjoys it!

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