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Blue Is the Warmest Color (ff) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Maroh
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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"A great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning." --Steven Spielberg

"A devastatingly emotional book about a love affair between two young women, with unforgettable notes of sensuality and sadness." --The Guardian

"A very real and truthful-looking portrait of two human beings in a passionate relationship." --Evening Standard

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A New York Times bestseller

The original graphic novel adapted into the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.

First published in France by Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.

The live-action, French-language film version of the book, entitled Blue Is the Warmest Color, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by director Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated both wide praise and controversy. It will be released in the US through Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

Julie Maroh is an author and illustrator originally from northern France.

"Julie Maroh, who was just 19 when she started the comic, manages to convey the excitement, terror, and obsession of young love—and to show how wildly teenagers swing from one extreme emotion to the next ... Ultimately, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a sad story about loss and heartbreak, but while Emma and Clementine’s love lasts, it’s exhilarating and sustaining." —Slate.com

"A beautiful, moving graphic novel." —Wall Street Journal

"Blue Is the Warmest Color captures the entire life of a relationship in affecting and honest style." —Comics Worth Reading

"Delicate linework conveys wordless longing in this graphic novel about a lesbian relationship." —New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"A tragic yet beautifully wrought graphic novel." —Salon.com

"Love is a beautiful punishment in Maroh’s paean to confusion, passion, and discovery ... An elegantly impassioned love story." —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"A lovely and wholehearted coming-out story ... the illustrations are infused with genuine, raw feeling. Wide-eyed Clementine wears every emotion on her sleeve, and teens will understand her journey perfectly." —Kirkus Reviews

"The electric emotions of falling in love and the difficult process of self-acceptance will resonate with all readers ... Maroh’s use of color is deliberate enough to be eye-catching in a world of grey tones, with Emma’s bright blue hair capturing Clementine’s imagination, but is used sparingly enough that it supports and blends naturally with the story." —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

"It's not just the French who have a better handle on sexy material than Americans -- Canadians do, too ... Who's publishing it? Not an American publishing house but by Arsenal Pulp Press, a Canadian independent." —Los Angeles Times

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving 8 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
Stayed up too late last night and in bed too late this morning to read this.
A tale of first love, prejudice (both from external and internal sources), identity and what it is to be happy.
The story is beautiful, equally so the artwork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Story 21 Jun 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this in the library yesterday while waiting for the librarians to process some new superhero comic books for me. I read a wide range of books and comic books. I found this to be uninteresting as far as my personal reading tastes go, but it was a well-executed graphic ‘novel’. It is obviously aimed at a target audience that I don’t belong to, but it doesn’t mean that I cannot appreciate the technical aspects of the work. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, with the current world in full colour, while the flashbacks use a sepia tint, with only blue showing whenever it is worn by important characters, or rather characters important to the narrator, such as the blue-dyed hair or blue shirt of the romantic interests. The story is told via the reading of a diary of one of the main characters, by the person she was romantically attached to. The diary is of a Belgian schoolgirl – the author-artist is Belgian – and tells of her struggle to understand her emotions and attractions as she grows up in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. She has a boyfriend (with a blue shirt), but has strange dreams about an older girl she saw in the street. She has a gay male best friend in school, who takes her to visit a gay bar, where she meets the girl of her dreams (and who has blue-dyed hair). She then struggles for a quite while with her repressed feelings and ‘normal’ social attitudes, before eventually finding true happiness, finding that her parents do not share her liberal attitudes, losing true happiness, and possibly reconciling with true happiness before the end of the story (I can’t actually remember).

It is a ‘romantic’ story, in the old-fashioned literary sense as well as the modern emotional sense, but, like old –fashioned literary romantic works, is touched by tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So touching 21 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I watched the film based on this book and didn't think it would be possible to like anything more than I liked the film, but this graphic novel was brilliant, so sweet and tender, a real love story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Summary not story? 7 April 2014
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Absolutely loved the art work and the wonderfully symbolic use of color, but I found the book a little too short. Big leaps are taken in the story line, which prohibited me from really getting into the story and grasping the drama. I guess it needs a second read, perhaps, but it felt like a 'summary' rather than a story perhaps?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but a bit hard to read due to format 30 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Beautiful story, nice images, but slightly hard to read (on kindle fire HD 7") if you haven't seen the film already, you should. It's a bit more realistic than the graphic novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving coming of age story 17 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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that is both similar but also quite different to the film version based on this comic.

It is the coming-of-age story of Clementine who lives a pretty ordinary life as a high school student when she first meets Emma and experiences feelings that she is not prepared for and which she finds it difficult to deal with despite having a gay boy as her best friend. But the thoughts of Emma makes Clementine brave and she is the instigator to their first real meeting. I thought their story was very believable and beautifully told with few, yet powerful, words.

Moreover, I thought the lack of colour apart from the blue that comes into play when Emma is in the picture worked really well to illustrate how important Emma becomes and how cold and solitary Clementine's life is without her.

A short, but moving, love story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love and death 25 Jun 2014
By Sandman
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this superb graphic novel after watching the award winning, controversial film version (which was somewhat disowned by the graphic novel's author Julie Maroh). There are differences, but both book and film are fantastic in their own right.

The film is powerful, gripping and emotionally draining, with a magnificent central performance by Adele Exarchopoulos, who was unjustly overlooked for major awards in my view. The GN may be a more subtle pleasure but, in both story and art, it is of comparable excellence.

It tells the story of Clementine, a teenaged French girl, eventually coming to terms with her sexuality (she is gay), and of her relationship with the love of her life, the blue-haired Emma, older and more experienced if not wiser. The story is told mostly in flashback, as Emma reads through Clementine's diaries following a tragic event.

Past and present are depicted in distinct colour schemes (full but muted colour for the present; sepia tones, apart from one other colour -- blue of course -- for the past). This works really effectively, and the splashes of blue serve to highlight dreams, visions and images that are important to Clementine.

In fact, the art throughout is a real strength: deceptively simple, subtle, explicit at times, and always beautifully composed. Maroh has a real talent for conveying characters' emotions through their body language and facial expressions. Unlike a lot of comics art, nothing is exaggerated -- everything looks natural.

And the art serves the story perfectly. It is a simple narrative, with little in the way of contrivance or plot, but filled with complex, conflicting emotions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Blue is the wamest color
I'd like to give it no stars, but I can't so I'll settle for one. The reason? I gave up reading comics years ago.
Published 21 days ago by Geekay
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely romantic book/comic
This is such a lovely heart warming coming of age lesbian love story, ending was not expected and was sad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michelle Le Marinel
5.0 out of 5 stars great love story
even though the books is basically about lesbians it is about big love in general. too bad it was printed in English only after the movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Evzenie Reitmayerova
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic graphic novel
I bought it because of the film, then didn't want to spoil it by actually going to see the film.
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Quentin Spender
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was an incredible read which I could literally not put down from start to finish. One of the best books I have read in a long time
Published 6 months ago by Hannah Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This book is absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend it to everyone. A love story in the 21st century. It's really great.
Published 6 months ago by Daniel Gualdino
5.0 out of 5 stars very good comics
The story is beautiful and sad. Mrs. Maroh managed to create a very good novel, with excellent graphics.
Much better than the movie!
Published 7 months ago by C.G.C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
When I bought it I thought that it was a written book, not a cartoon comic. Much of the dialogue is unreadable, due to the size of the print. A thorough waste of money.
Published 7 months ago by M. B. Justice
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