Wanderings of Zao Dao | Review
In this volume, Zao Dao, now a famous and popular cartoonist chinese, recounts the stories of his childhood, taking us on a rural China and of the past, where life goes more quiet, marked only by the succession of the seasons and festivals of the village in which he lives with his parents.
And the relationship between Man and Nature in a broad sense, it is inherent in the life of Zao Dao, starting from the name: Zao Dao, in fact, means “first rice”, and this name was given because born in the month of July, a period in which his family was engaged in the collection of the rice.
In the 190 pages of Wanderings, the author leads us to know the traditions, the village life, its strange inhabitants, so far away, especially the elderly, from the rhythms of modernity, but in fact still tied to the rhythm of the data from the Nature, here understood in the sense most pure and best of the term.
Despite the positive atmosphere that reigns in the stories, from the happy memory that the author preserves in his heart the period in which there was a little girl, Zao Dao does not omit the difficulties that life entailed: very significant, in this sense, it is the bike trip that the girl from the little he has done with his dad in 1997, in which emerge the problems of the family, certainly not rich, as opposed to the dreams of a little girl who dreams of being a princess (and, according to the father, a princess is also not very intelligent).
Another very interesting aspect is that Zao Dao is able to propose his memories as they would get in the Zao Dao girl, focusing on details that affect more a child and less for an adult, as the sdentate the mouths of the elders, or the sensations that can prove a child facing a flood (“the sea and the land were a sea of silver, bright and dark”) compared to what, instead, is the concern of parents to save their children and give them to eat despite the adverse weather and the disasters that have happened.
As is known, the traditions often mingle with legends and ancestral religion, and also in this volume you will find references to the legends of the chinese, who dominate the second part of the volume; but there are not even the sad events, such as the loss of a great and faithful friend that kept us company for a long time, this alternation of life experience and imagination, which sometimes manages to fascinate.
Coming to the technique, Zao Dao shows all his skills in both design and in china that in the use of the technique of watercolor, giving us some wonderful tablets to see and that allow the designs to dominate the scene with respect to the mere word contained in the vignettes. I think it is quite difficult to explain in words the richness of the technique of Dao, so the only thing I can do is invite you to look at the plates at the top and get an idea themselves of the value that they have.
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