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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
Feelings will overpour and hearts will melt... This is one of the best stories I have ever come across and the art of visual storytelling adopted is second to none. I have ordered Habibi after reading this and hope for a similar reaction.
Probably one of the finest graphic novels in recent times. Both the story and the artworks are beautiful!! Craig Thompson is a genius!! Little disappointed about the physical condition of the book though.