Saturday, 11 May 2013

Far out isn't far enough.

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: Life in the Back of BeyondFar Out Isn't Far Enough: Life in the Back of Beyond by Tomi Ungerer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love to read about illustrators and artists and Ungerer is certainly a great artist and storyteller. His autobiographical tale of life on a small island where the definition of sanity is fluid is fascinating and the urban sketching a real eye opener for those, like me, who know him as an illustrator. It also acts as a warning tale for anyone who ever considered living off the beaten track as the place Ungerer goes to live is so far from normal that it beggers belief.  The writing is often plain and straight forward but becomes quite poetic when the situation calls for it and Ungerer demonstrates a facility with language that matches his way with colour and line.

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