Saturday, January 10, 2009

Moving From Comics Right Into Illustrated Novels

Blankets Blankets by Craig Thompson

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful and honest story, full of snow.

It feels disquietingly similar to the high school and childhood life I saw happening around me, and often, reeks abundantly with my own past. You will recognize yourself in this book, and will often feel sad but will also laugh uncomfortably and self-righteously at times. Indeed, I think if you were born between 1975 and 1985, it will be hard not to have your jaw drop at times at how Thompson has remembered your past better than you do. There is deep loveliness in this, and deep sorrow as well.

I finished it in one sitting. I recommend the same to all who pick it up.

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Thanks for handing it to me Tucker. We shall discuss.


Tory Jane said...

I saw one of your comments on Joshua Longbrake's blogs, and followed it to your blog only to see a review for "Blankets." Fun stuff. "Blankets" is such a great book. As a kidm, I was good friends with another graphic novel writer - Aaron Renier, author of "Spiral Bound" who's mother pointed me towards "Blankets." It's so beautiful. Glad to see other people are enjoying it.

benjamin said...

I too, could not put that crazy book down and finished it in one sitting. Far too much familiarity. A very good read indeed.