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Blankets [Paperback]

Craig R. Thompson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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5 Aug 2003
At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. The New Printing corrects 3 small typos, widening the spine graphics, but otherwise is identical to the first printing.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; Reprint edition (5 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the pantheon of the greats 11 Aug 2003
Format:Paperback
The drawing in Blankets is so awesome it makes me want to weep. There is such a surety to Thompson’s line that is perfectly balanced with a fragility, a supreme sympathy for what he’s drawing; imagine Modigliani drawing comics and you’re getting close. This means that Thompson’s panels are full of a sensitive confidence that is mind-blowing. The writing is fantastic too, and Blankets is a richly veined voyage of (self) discovery in which Thompson explores themes of family structure, first love and religious observance with a tenderness and a self-effacing charm that is uniquely beguiling. There are numerous passages which are hypnotically, breathtakingly beautiful; passages that leave you spell bound and utterly in thrall to the visions set in ink before you; passages that will break your heart; passages that will make it sing.
Blankets sits right up there in the pantheon of greats, is on my top shelf with Chris Ware’s 'Jimmy Corrigan', Daniel Clowes’ 'Ghost World', Chester Brown’s 'I Never Liked You', Dylan Horrocks’ 'Hicksville' and Seth’s 'It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken'. What more recommendation do you need?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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`Blankets' is a graphic novel but it also feels like a fully built novel. I am not saying that I don't think the two can co-exist but it's rare when they have this effect on me personally. There are two strands running through `Blankets'. The first is the tale of two brothers Craig and Phil and their childhood in the strict, highly religious and rather scary family home in Wisconsin, the second of two young people falling in love for the very first time. In a way it's like two separate coming of age (a subject I am not normally a fan of) events and times in one persons formulative years.

What impressed me first of all was how Thompson manages to interweave these two strands in a way that isn't confusing. He doesn't need to insert `flashback' or `present' and `past' the pictures paint it all clearly (excuse the poor terminology) and what illustrations these are. I definitely wasn't expecting to have an emotional connection with this book. I thought I would be entertained and pick it up now and again. Instead I read it in three sittings, I was hooked. The pictures convey, as do the choice wordings throughout, the emotions of both growing up in the severity that Craig does and how he feels when love first hits.

The second thing that impressed me was how Craig covers a lot of modern subjects that are quite tough just in the written form (not that I am saying one medium is better than the other). Through `Blankets' Thompson encapsulates a world which at varying points features mental and physical disabilities, religion, sexuality, child abuse, depression, divorce, families and most of all love. It really has left me wondering if you can call a graphic novel epic, if so then `Blankets' is indeed a modern epic. I would be surprised, but pleasantly so, if there were any graphic novels that can better this on both artistic and emotional levels.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 2 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
I loved this book , I am very new to the world of graphic novels, having not even read comics as a child I can't pin point the reason I decided to buy it, but I am so glad I did. The art work is as you'd expect fanatastic, but what is really beautiful is the story - such a touching and honest tale about innocence and love. If you are looking for a place to begin reading graphic novels I can not think of a better book to take that first step with.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incrediably moving book 7 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
I have tried to write a reveiew that would do the power of this work justice. I did not have the words.
All I will say is that my Mother, who never reads comics or graphic novels, was moved to tears several times whilst reading Blankets after I recommended it to her. Powerful stuff that is heartwarming, endearing, funny and beautiful.
Apparently already on it's 3rd printing I cannot urge you to buy this book enough. Mr Thompson, I thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, beautiful, despressing 23 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
There's no denying, Craig Thompson is a major talent. "Blankets" is a great achievment in many ways. It's story is complex; touching, aching, beautiful, sad and funny, and oh yes, quite depressing. There's some repetition in the story, so that's a flaw, but only minor. Some themes are often visited without adding anything new.

Thompson also draws with a terrific style. These pictures are alive and make the story seem more powerful. Pictures in themselves are powerful and haunting.

"Blankets" is quite clearly a labour of love (or need) and if you enjoy reading illustrated novels (graphic novels...), I'm sure that this one is worth the time and effort. Time, beacuse this is one big book and a big read; it's strength comes out more clearly if you give it time and reflect upon it.

Hope to hear more from Craig Thompson in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, the cusp of inspirational 14 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
I'm not a big fan of (over)analyzing art works such as this, however I have been moved to do so in this instance. Blankets is powerful, considered and tantalizing in its delivery, but it is also one of the saddest things I have ever read. I was floudering in fury having read it - I was left wanting more; ultimately, the blanket over me was an anti-climax. Adrian Tomine's Summer Blonde collection is far more gratifying in this sense, although the latter lacks Thompson's exquisite sensibility and artistic flair. If you like sad/moving stories because they reveal something essentially inspirational (i.e. in the human spirit, in the nobility of a gesture etc.) then Thompson here frustrates, beautifully - perhaps try Tomine. On the other hand, I have been moved enough to write this ...
For me, Blankets revealed Thompson as a long-lost vunerable friend, a friend I could not, and cannot, help from being hurt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful book
Everything about this graphic novel is enchanting. The art-work is beautifully imaging and is hugely evocative, especially the first parts of the book that perfectly recreate the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jamie M
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and easy read
I liked the idea of this and really enjoyed reading it. Very descriptive and visual (and quite sad really) - good genre for expressing difficult concepts and emotions
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Nicola Mayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Graphic novel
I enjoyed reading this grahic novel. The strory is quite moving and thought prevoking. The art work is excellent. The book irself is well bound and feels nice in your hands.
Published 4 months ago by sajid amin
5.0 out of 5 stars a prsent
i haven't read it I am not going to read it I never will be reading it iam sure the recipient will enjoy it
Published 6 months ago by Tim Gilkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Fantastic story telling, amazing art work and the book it self is just stunning. Really worth a read if your into the medium.
Published 7 months ago by Edd Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Seemed almost naughty to be reading a comic but it is a story that alot of people will relate to.I thought the comic strip would get in the way but the story flows so well you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars very different to anything i had ever read
this was the first pictorial book i had read, the author allso did the illustrations and it is a triumph, it weighs over a kilo but can be read in a day , and the content stays... Read more
Published 8 months ago by a j law
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Fire
Blankets is a autobiographical graphic novel by Craig Thompson. Written chronologically, Blankets starts with Craig's relationship with his younger brother, Phil, when they are... Read more
Published 11 months ago by miwa
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good book, but could have been more personal and special
I read this book just after reading Maus by Speigleman and I think that was a bad move as this does not live up to Maus. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
Blankets is a semi autobiographical work of genius, deserved of the many awards it received when it was first published
Published 11 months ago by Joel Meadows
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