Blankets Paperback – 5 October 2017
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Moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest, and probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan. -- Neil Gaiman
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- Publisher : Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 October 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0571336027
- ISBN-13 : 978-0571336029
- Item Weight : 1 kg 380 g
- Dimensions : 18 x 4.5 x 23 cm
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Blankets is a semi autobiographical nearly 600 page thick tome and yet I finished it in less than a day. Thats the thing about graphic novels... They finish all too fast even when you want it to go on
My expectations were sky high considering the rave reviews, the series of awards its won and recommendations. While the art work is seriously good, the story left me a bit underwhelmed. I am not sure why. Even though it had a lot of raw pain, truth, despair and hope and beauty. Craig's childhood in Wisconsin countryside, the bullies from his school, his relationship with his brother, the overwhelming influence of the bible camp, christ-loving community around him whose promise of heaven became his dream escape from the daily reality he endured all these are covered in a poignant artistically glowing way through his black and white drawings. His teenage romance and its bittersweet moments form the highpoint of his existence uptil then and it is what makes him grow up. The book ends with his moving away, finding himself, shaking off the shackles of religion and returning intermittently and reminiscing.
Its a novel which will stay with you for a long time even if you dont identify with it. Because its a heartfelt personal memoir illustrated with spell binding art
I have ordered Habibi after reading this and hope for a similar reaction.
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In the light of all this positive propaganda; and never one to miss a good bandwagon, I decided to submit and join the club. A few minutes of Amazon based research lead me to Blankets, the reviews were so good and the praise so high that I was quite excited when Postman arrived, less so when I thought he'd brought me the Littlewood's Catalogue by mistake, and then very pleased - from a value for money standpoint at the very least - to find all that size and weight were pure comic book.
A few pages in and I was aware that this was something quite special, and quite unlike anything I'd ever read before. Initial disappointment at the lack of colour vanished as the quality of the drawing and their sheer naked expressiveness sucked me in. This is a coming off age tale and it's remarkable how much of the author seems to be on the page. It's certainly brave and it feels like a privilege to be let into his quiet and secretive world. Blankets is largely autobiographical and deals with the authors childhood in a strongly religious rural community. We watch as he struggles to reconcile his faith with the conflicting feelings which arrive with adolescence and young adulthood. We watch as he meets his first love and how this complicates his view of the world and we see how the intense desires of youth can mellow and burn themselves out. It's all done with such modesty and restraint, such compassion and subtlety that I really fell for it. I found myself wanting to slow down and luxuriate over the pages, soaking up all the detail before moving on to the next.
I've shoved Blankets under a fair few peoples noses; anyone who'd listen really. The result has been the same. `So it's like a Comic book. But it's about a Christian boy struggling with his faith and meeting his first love? Huh... *pause to look over the pages some more*... Can I borrow it? Blankets was my first Graphic Novel; it will not be the last, but it may well be the best.