Town Boy

Town Boy Malaysian teenager Mat makes a life changing move from the quiet kampung where he was born to Ipoh the rapidly industrializing nearby town Living far from his rural roots at a boarding school he dis

  • Title: Town Boy
  • Author: LAT (Mohammad Nor Khalid)
  • ISBN: 9781596433311
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Malaysian teenager Mat makes a life changing move from the quiet kampung where he was born to Ipoh, the rapidly industrializing nearby town Living far from his rural roots at a boarding school, he discovers bustling streets, modern music, heady literature, budding romance, and through it all his growing passion for art.The companion novel to the critically acclaimed KampMalaysian teenager Mat makes a life changing move from the quiet kampung where he was born to Ipoh, the rapidly industrializing nearby town Living far from his rural roots at a boarding school, he discovers bustling streets, modern music, heady literature, budding romance, and through it all his growing passion for art.The companion novel to the critically acclaimed Kampung Boy, Town Boy offers of Lat s delicious storytelling and enchanting pen and ink artwork At once exotic and familiar, his cartoon world builds a bridge for readers into another world, another culture, and another time.

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    1. Visually stunning.A portrayal of multiracial camaraderie during a time when life was a lot simpler.It's very rare that I spend hours scrutinizing the artwork accompanying a graphic novel.In Lats work, there's a lot of hidden humor. Especially if one pays attention to background characters.

    2. Kisah masa remaja si penulis di kota Ipoh, ilustrasi yang menarik dan dengan bahasa Malaysia dengan logat yang unik hahaha satu hal yg aku suka dari Malaysia adalah bahasa Melayu mereka

    3. graphic memoir about being 17 and wanting to be an artist and to go on a date with the prettiest girl in school and having friends whose lives take them in different directions and all that kinda stuff

    4. Like all his books I remember my childhood days in Terengganu hilarious do poignant. You got it nailed Che Mat

    5. Last year I went gaga over a Malaysian comic from the seventies. Doesn't a sentence that like sound cool? Like I'm some kind of obscure comic enthusiast with a penchant for the best overseas comics of decades past? The truth is far less sexy, I'm afraid. First Second brought to our American shores the comic book Kampung Boy, a title that original appeared in Malaysia long ago. Initially the format didn't intrigue me, but after a test run I found that I liked Lat (the one-namer author) and his wo [...]

    6. Town Boy is one of the many graphic memoirs, where the author describes visually and textually an era, or place, or both. Lat shows a good mastery of the medium and produces a good memoir, but for me it's just not refined enough, and the time and place are just not that appealing. (If you're wandering, I've been to Singapore and Malaysia, and was interested in a deeper historical and social account.)The story and characters are simple: a kampong family moves to a newly built area of a city in Ma [...]

    7. Lat, otherwise known as Kampung Boy, returns in this second volume of his life story, "Town Boy," detailing the second half of his adolescence in the small town of Ipoh in Malaysia. It's an autobiographical tale and Lat masterfully shares with us his tale of growing up in the 1960's in Malyasia--relating not a tale of someone famous or that has great life changes happen to them, but that of the everyday person. A person that we can all relate to, because we can connect with him. We can see our o [...]

    8. The graphic novel, Town Boy by Mohammad Nor Khalid, is based in Malaysia, and surrounds the life of a young Malaysian boy, Mat. Mat recently moved away from from the quiet streets of Ipoh to the quick-paced streets of the town where he attends a boarding school. Through his love for music, he meets Frankie, his best friend. Although there really isn't a specific plot to the book, he maintains his friendship with Frankie. That is the only identical feature throughout the whole book that remains. [...]

    9. I am continuing to love this series. I love the way the characters move in their environments of streets, coffee shops, into cyclos and onto buses. The main character now lives in a town ( a big change for his poor family) and it chronicles his days in school and the meeting of his best friend, Frankie. There are some great sequences in this book, really fantastic little snippets of life that are so familiar for all that they occurred a lifetime ago to someone else on the other side of the world [...]

    10. I read this book at Nu Central MPH while waiting for my sis to show up again. That means I read this book for free HAHAHAHAThis book was not your typical LOL, but it does make you sit back and go back to the old days. Although I was not born in the 70's but i can appreciate this comic because it really shows how Malaysian were back then. Again I like to emphasise that I love how Lat always include other race in Malaysia. They may night be the main character but they are always there. I've always [...]

    11. Buku ini memoarnya si penulis. Ceritanya tentang seorang anak yang tinggal di sebuah kampung, di Malaysia. Percakapannya campuran antara Malay dan English. Yah seperti orang-orang Melayu itu cakap lah. Lucu aja bacanya. Kek gini nih: Mat: "Oh no, today we're having a double math period!"Frankie: "Relax any minute now we're going to have another encounter with Normah"NORMAH - the hottest girl in IpohShe made heads turnBoth: "Wow"Frankie: "If I want to go out on a date with a girl I can go anytime [...]

    12. Yet again, I learn not to be prejudiced against international comics, even when they appear to be coming of age stories. Town Boy is more Sergio Aragones than Robert Peck, and while its narrative does cover the years between ten and the late teens, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of structured growth in any of the characters. Its story exists at all mostly to provide Lat with a chance to fill some pages, and, really, Aragones is the comparable artist who comes to mind, each page overflowing [...]

    13. Town Boy is the second book to Kampung Boy. Town boy picks off right where Kampung boy left. Town boy is about this Malaysian teenager who doesn't really know what to do with his life. The book is funny at times but not very exciting. Not too many events are being described and the only thing being told is the daily life of the teenage Malaysian kid. For example, he goes with his friends and hangs out. Or he finds a new friend and they share a common interest: music.Yes Kampung boy was an amazin [...]

    14. I read this book A LOT of times when I was in primary school and I know I enjoyed it tremendously but being young I didn't really get the message. It was mostly "oh they grew up, and Frankie (frankie right? I've got to check this again) left to continue his studies. Ok, bye!" kind of thing.But reading it again I felt a deep sense of emptiness when Frankie left and the look on Mat's face when he realises that things are changing. That life is going to get in the way and there are things that you [...]

    15. In this sequel to Kampung Boy, Lat continues his autobiography from when he starts school and he and his family members become "town people" to when he finishes school. It's amusing, just as KB was, and the glimpse into a childhood from another culture is enlightening. I agree with reviews that say it lacks the focus of KB and that makes it somewhat less successful. Lots of details are provided in the illustrations, but they're not supported in the text, which may leave some readers in the dark. [...]

    16. This book follows the action of Kampung Boy, with Lat's character Mat having left the kampung to go to school in the--you guessed it--town. The events depicted give a peek into 1960s Malaysian life, while also displaying the universal experiences of coming of age. Lat's art may seem crude, but it is very vibrant and expressive. I love the characters' expression & the way they move! His backgrounds give a real sense of place; I've never been to Malaysia (let alone in the 1960s), but I've spen [...]

    17. I was curious to read this because Jason Shiga (my new cartoonist crush) mentions in an afterword to "Double Happiness" that he was very much inspired by Lat's work & "Town Boy" in particular. And in fact there are a few scenes in Town Boy that Shiga basically replicates in "Double Happiness," only shifting the scene from 1960's Malaysia to present-day SF Chinatown. I think I liked "Kampung Boy" a bit more than this one, although I did really love the street scenes in "Town Boy." Lat's drawi [...]

    18. Sequel to "Kampung Boy". Mat moves to a much larger town, Ipoh, Indonesia. He attends middle and high school and makes a posse of friends, including Frankie, who is Chinese. All born in the early 1950's, the boys are listening and dancing to the best of rock and roll from the early days-edgy, raw, forbidden. Mat's friend Walter has records and a phonograph, so they make friends through listening to rock and roll and continue to spend lots of time together.More fun from the artist, but now darlin [...]

    19. Together with "Kampung Boy", this book forms one of the great visual memoirs of the 20th century. There is no high drama; this is day-to-day life that radically changes as a family moves from its traditional rural home to a modern town in the mid-20th century. While I'm very glad that First Second made this book available to American audiences for the first time, I'm disappointed that the page area has been severely reduced from the original versions. I would urge avid readers to seek out Malays [...]

    20. The book Town Boy takes place in Ipoh, Malaysia. The main characters is a teenage boy named Mat. The book follows Mat through his everyday life in his new town, Ipoh. Although it may not sound very interesting, it is fun to see Mat embark on little adventures everyday. Although Mat lives a daily life, the reader can be engaged by the customs and cultures of Malaysia. The author Mohammad Nor Khalid's drawings are beautiful and make the book even more wonderful. I am not a fan of reading, and I wa [...]

    21. I liked this even better than Kampung Boy there was one section that I kept showing to teachers in the library that cracked everyone up instantly let's just say it showed the significant difference in alertness between two groups of students, to the detriment of one :) I also love the way Lat draws adolescent boys, lounging around and trying to look bow-leggedly cool.

    22. Read this when i was very young and it left a lasting impression.An overarching sense of entrapment within the present is prevalent within the novel as the author fondly reminisces his past through the medium of a graphic novel, reinforced by the unique and unmistakable artwork as seen before in Kampung Boy.Although it lacks the narrow scope that was seen in Kampung Boy, it certainly does not lack depth and heart, both of which make this book a very, very enjoyable read.

    23. The illustrations are so clever in this book and the story is very simple.This is the second graphic novel in the "Kampung Boy" series and it picks up right where the first one leaves off. Mat is now a young adult living in Ipoh, the city, and going to school. We get to meet his best friend Frankie and see some of their mischievous acts as they grow up. We also get to see the little romance popping up and a goodbye between best friends at the end.I enjoyed it.

    24. A great follow up to Lat's very funny, engaging and nostalgic Kampung Boy. Mat's family left their Kampung life behind and moved to the city in this sequel where Mat made new friends, excelled in art and pondered on his future. The drawings are amazing and hilarious, particularly those of Mat's best friend Frankie who encouraged Mat to become an artist. I was practically grinning from the beginning to the end.

    25. This is the second book published in the U.S. by Lat. This continues the author's story as his family moves to town and he progresses through school in Malaysia. It's really a neat story because it's set in a different part of the world. And the artwork is fun. The pictures seem simple but there is a lot going on in them and I like how he captures life during this time period.

    26. I thought I was bored of autobiographical-like tales, but this one is very sweet. Lat's visual style is so different than most - cute and whimsical. It's also nice to read about life in a country other than Canada/US that isn't about tragedy.

    27. Funny. A family book, perfect for nostalgia. Hilarious illustrations, and at some cases, touching. It's about Happy, simple childhood times and I never get bored reading it just expecting Lat's ridiculous actions in facing his simple but memorable childhood problems.

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