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

Julie Maroh
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 55885 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press; Mti edition (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV6T6DQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. 30 May 2015
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Despite it's length, Maroh has been able to create a deep sense of humanity with in her characters, they have been allowed to develop into believable people, and have gained their own distinctive voices, which paired with the graphics, has created an incredible novel. Without being told how the characters are feeling, or even what they are doing, the reader is able to feel the emotion and establish a connection between the book and themselves. Maroh is incredibly talented to be able to have done this in such a short amount of space - she has achieved in her relatively short graphic novel, what most novelists seek to achieve in a three-hundred page novel. A small part of me wishes that I would have actually participated in French lessons at school, as I would now be able to read Blue in it's native tongue, and be able to appreciate it for how Maroh had originally written it, rather than for what the translator has interpreted.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue is the colour 21 Jun. 2014
By Squirrelzilla TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but a bit hard to read due to format 30 Nov. 2013
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Really good but 18+ (subjectively) 12 Jun. 2015
By Melissa
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Beautiful storyline. Beautiful art work. The only thing i disliked was the graphic sex scenes because i really wasn't expecting them hahaha. I guess the first one was necessary to the plot so I didn't mind so much... but after a while i felt like all they were doing was getting it on! I was worried my mum would walk in whilst i was reading it XD. I did really enjoy the book nevertheless. I got choked up at the end too, you really empathise with the characters so credit to the writer. Also i LOVED Valentin so much.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Delivery etc was great but I discovered I really didn't like this book...
Delivery etc was great but I discovered I really didn't like this book at all. Absolutely loved the film which is why I decided to purchase the book but this is one of the very few... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stacie Buick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a melancholic read but beautiful love story
Published 1 month ago by Rekebail
2.0 out of 5 stars Will Leave You Feeling Blue
A thoroughly depressing read. This wasn't the first time I had read a graphic novel, but this was really depressing, more so than the film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ReviewMonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a little more after seeing the film and this satisfied that desire
wanted a little more after seeing the film and this satisfied that desire...i cant compare it to any other
graphic novels as this is my 1st time reading a graphic novel.
Published 3 months ago by GoBraves10
4.0 out of 5 stars A really beautiful love story
My best friend recommended Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh to me while he was reading it himself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stunning film
Published 5 months ago by Anna Kinsella- Samuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The films brilliant the books good
Published 6 months ago by m.t.macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
Published 6 months ago by Hristina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It came at the right amount of time, cry every time I read it though.
Published 7 months ago by Mayra Marín
5.0 out of 5 stars And it's the most wonderful heartfelt amazing book
Gonna buy a copy after reading it at the library. This isn't a comic, it's a comic book. And it's the most wonderful heartfelt amazing book,the ending for me has to happen the way... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lee Myerscough
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