Tales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City

TALES FROM THE INNER CITY is a collection of incredibly original stories, rich with feeling, strangely moving, almost numinous. And when the reader comes to the artwork, it's like walking into an amazing room, and then throwing open a curtain to see a brilliant scene that makes you understand and appreciate everything you've encountered in a deeper way....

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Title:Tales from the Inner City
Author:Shaun Tan
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:Tales from the Inner City
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:221 pages pages

Tales from the Inner City Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Nov 01, 2018
    Everything Shaun Tan does is amazing. This collection of surreal stories about animals in the city is longer, but, like a picture book, does a lot with the visual impact of a page turn, many of which reveal haunting double-page paintings that end each story with a vision that you may o...
  • Rebecca Honeycutt
    Nov 08, 2018
    Y'all, I am not a crier (at least not about books), but the stunning art in this book brought me to tears TWICE. If you're an animal lover, prepare yourself for the possibility of emotional onslaught with every page-turn reveal. ...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Jan 03, 2019
    Fascinating, richly layered surrealism. ...
  • Claudia Piña
    Nov 24, 2018
    Qu libro tan hermoso. Shaun Taun siempre logra transmitir una enorme cantidad de cosas con las imgenes que presenta, sin importar el medio o estilo que utilice. El texto que las acompaa es generalmente breve pero funciona perfectamente. En este libro Shaun Tan nos habla de...
  • Sue Jackson
    Mar 28, 2019
    This wholly unique illustrated collection of short stories defies categorization, combining gorgeous color-saturated paintings with surreal, fantastical stories set in cities and involving animals and humans. Beautiful, bizarre, and thought-provoking. Read my full review at: https:/...
  • Ardent
    Jan 31, 2019
    Beautiful, ecstatic, enigmatic, and heart-rending. ...
  • Hayley
    Oct 24, 2018
    Beautiful, profound, heart-breaking. Shaun Tan explores the human relationship with animals from all facets - the warmth we share with a domestic pet to the destruction we've caused for wild species - through his utterly unique and characteristic way of making everything seem prett...
  • Michelle
    Oct 06, 2018
    Another great book by Shaun Tan! This time focusing on the relationship between humans and animals, with amazing artwork to go along with the short stories. Some of my favorites were: Crocodile, Dog, Cat, Bear, Owl, and Rhinoceros. ...
  • Angie
    Nov 17, 2018
    I remember reading The Arrival a long time ago and I love the artwork, but this book is even better. Again, Tan's artwork is amazing. He has that painterly style I would kill for where his subject can be a gray, dismal city but his brush strokes and dabs and dots of color that shine th...
  • Marianne
    Jan 06, 2019
    ?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 minut...
  • Ryan Lindsay
    Dec 30, 2018
    An absolutely stunning collection of short stories that will make you feel different about yourself after reading. The use of animals as metaphors for bigger elements of modern society seems obvious, but it's done so well here that you won't see half of this coming, but you'll feel it ...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 24, 2019
    I liked the story about man-and-dog, and the one about the yak. My favorite pictures were the orca in the sky, and the one with the snails - I could almost swear I heard the buzzing of the sodium lamp. ...
  • T.D. Whittle
    Oct 07, 2018
    'Your money is meaningless to us,' said the bears. 'You grasp economics with the same clawless paws you use for fumbling justice.' And, once again, the bears showed us. There they were, God help us, the Ledgers of the Earth, written in clouds and glaciers and sediments, tallied i...
  • Ely
    Dec 12, 2018
    I swear Shaun Tan is a genius. Everything in here was beautiful, but I think my favourites were the fox, bee and butterflies. ...
  • Mehsi
    Mar 01, 2019
    Een hit en miss bundel van verhalen over een stad (of steden) en dieren. Van orkas in de lucht tot een haai zo groot als een wijk tot kikkers die eerst directieleden waren tot vissen van de maan. Van alles komt voorbij en het was echt magisch om te lezen, wat een fantasie heeft deze sc...
  • Danielle
    Jan 04, 2019
    A mesmerizing collection of stories and corresponding artwork from Shaun Tan that is also kind of uncategorizable as some of his work tends to be. Each entry focuses on one species of animal in a world that feels like a futuristic, more bizarre version of our own. Nature still exists, ...
  • Tom Evans
    Nov 03, 2018
    I now know why Shaun Tan is so critically acclaimed, an incredible collection of stories complemented by outstanding illustrations. ...
  • Michelle
    Oct 20, 2018
    This is a very significant book. It is dark and often difficult to read, especially the shark, pig and fish chapters. But its message about the interconnectedness between humans and animals is incredibly important. Animals have largely not been respected by humans. They have been abuse...
  • Mikaela Revell
    Dec 05, 2018
    Shaun Tan has not let me down. ...
  • Whispering Stories
    Dec 11, 2018
    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Tales from the Inner City is a strange, yet an eye-opening book about co-existing with animals and what they can teach us about ourselves. It is a book for older children, teenagers, and even adults. With twenty-five stories ab...
  • Rossdavidh
    Dec 27, 2018
    The first book by Shaun Tan that I read, was "The Arrival", which was pictures without words (although it did have a great story, beautifully told). This book, is roughly equal parts pictures and words, each short story a pairing of the two. The Table of Contents is a two-page spread o...
  • Lexi Nylander
    Feb 19, 2019
    The art in this was honestly stunning. Evocative of what I can't entirely be sure, but it was a little spooky and off in a way that was beyond beautiful. The short stories were my favorite type of magical realism where things are just about the same but a little bit off, only in a way ...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    Dec 29, 2018
    I love surrealism when it comes to art, but really struggle with it when it comes to prose, which often makes reading Shaun Tan's books a tale of two halves for me. Conceptually, I thought this was excellent; 25 short stories, each one focussed on a different animal, commenting on ...
  • Mathew
    Oct 26, 2018
    An absolutely fascinating collection of what I can only think of describing as post-modern cautionary tales which, through our relationship with animals, explores man's materialistic obsessions and how we have lost our relationship with animals and the natural world. As with all Tan'...
  • Danielle Clode
    Dec 27, 2018
    "It is hard to think of a more distinctive and idiosyncratic author than Western Australian Shaun Tan. Winner of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children?s literature, Tan?s work has also been recognised by numerous awards in speculative fiction, illustration, an...
  • Anna Jeffries
    Nov 15, 2018
    This is a really beautiful book between its words and its illustrations. Sweet and surreal and strange and weirdly lovely. ...
  • Maxwell Thomas
    Jun 18, 2018
    Quite dreamlike and surreal. The advanced reader's copy we received at the bookstore had only a handful of stories, however they were unique and intriguing and the illustrations were phenomenal. I look forward to getting a chance to read the full thing. ...
  • AL
    Jan 21, 2019
    This book captures my favourite feeling in books: that particular combination of poetic flow/fantastical imagery/poignant message that makes you feel part of something much, much larger than yourself, something older than time and beyond infinity. It's a book that, for just a minute, m...
  • Renee Godding
    Nov 21, 2018
    Beautiful in so many ways... Tales from the Inner City is a short story collection by author and illustration Shaun Tan, who has combined his talents in both these fields to create a book that is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside. Shaun Tan is known for his (for th...
  • HP Saucerer
    Mar 18, 2019
    Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals with this intriguing collection of surreal stories set in an alternate world where animals inhabit the spaces normally reserved for humans. One tale takes us to the 87th floor of a skyscraper w...