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TONOHARU: Part One, by Lars Martinson. Minneapolis: Pliant Press, 2008, 128 pp., $19.95 (cloth)

This account, in comic-book form, of an assistant English teacher’s experiences working at a junior high school in the Japanese outback is not bad. Neither, however, is it as good as it might have been, or, indeed, as good as it might one day be — when parts two, three, and four are finished. It is disappointing not because it is poorly done, but because it is incomplete.

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