Friday, September 09, 2011

Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan

Published in 2009. 96 pages.

Tales from Outer Suburbia is an anthology of fifteen illustrated short stories set in the Australian suburbs. As with poetry, I'm not always sure I "get" short stories. But there are some in the collection that I loved, and the illustrations are glorious!

Some of the illustrations, as well as commentary on the stories, can be found on author Shaun Tan's website here. Tricia at Library Queue called Tales from Outer Suburbia "one of the most unique books [she's] ever read." (Her full review is here.) At Thoughts of Joy, Joy said that the book is "great for a short diversion." (Her full review is here.)

This was my first experience with Tan, and while I'm a little less than completely enthusiastic about this book, I've heard that his graphic novel The Arrival is amazing, so I'm sure I'll be checking out more of his work.



  1. The Arrival is A-maz-ing! So good!

    Hope you get to read it.

  2. Oh yes! Give The Arrival a chance. It's an extremely interesting read/look. :) Thanks for the link love.

  3. Marg and Joy: I think The Arrival is going on my must-read-in-2012 list!