Literature: The Red Tree 2001

nobody understands

"Sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to."

A sparsely-worded picture book by Shaun Tan, following a day in the life of a depressed young girl. In variously lush and nightmarish landscapes, she hangs onto a shred of hope — which takes the form of a bright red leaf.

This story contains examples of

  • Scenery Porn - Taken to the extreme with Tan's beautiful, creepy paintings.