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DFC Library: Mezolith [Hardcover]

Ben Haggarty , Adam Brockbank
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1 April 2010 DFC Library

MeZolith is a graphic novel for older children and adults, written by a leading oral storyteller, with extraordinarily immersive illustrations by one of Britain's top film concept artists. It imagines a year in the life of Poika - a Mesolithic boy on the cusp of adulthood. Set in what is now North East Yorkshire, 10,000 years ago before Britain became an island, stories of a small tribe's daily struggle for survival are interwoven with some of humankind's most ancient myths, fairytales and legends. Grounded in detailed archaeological research, this is a book of action and adventure, horror and romance, magic and beauty.

MeZolith was one of The Times's Graphic Novels of the Year in 2010.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385618263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385618267
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mezolith is the most important British graphic novel of the last twenty years . . . It's not something to put alongside Tintin, it's something to put alongside Dickens or Steinbeck" (Dave Morris Mirabilis)

"An evocatively written, visually stunning piece of work . . . Those who love graphic novels or just plain good storytelling owe it to themselves to buy this book" (James Lovegrove Financial Times)

"Fabulous . . . Mezolith is one of the gems that emerged from Fickling's attempt at getting a new comic book going. Brilliantly illustrated by Adam Brockbank it is perfect for 9+ readers" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Violent, beautiful, magical, compelling, this makes you want to go back in time and visit the landscape of the book" (Neel Mukherjee The Times)

"A dazzling evocation of ancient life and lore through the wide eyes of a young boy" (Paul Gravett)

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Superb illustration and spell-binding storytelling combine in this award-winning graphic novel about Stone Age Britain.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's classic 25 April 2010
Mezolith was the unexpected jewell in the DFC canon. My boys loved it from the off. The artwork is simply stunning (amazing in fact) and the stories are strange and dark - which really appeasl to my two Dr Who obessed boys. Very different to anything else in the DFC but its a classic. This book has broad appeal but its slightly dark tone would make it more accessible for children ages 8-9 and above. If you don't know what to give a child for Christmas or birthdays this would be a good start. I suppose its more of a boys book but I'm sure girl's would appreciate the artwork and especially the Swan Bride's storyline which I think is the best story in the book - although my boys prefer Raven. A winner - a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one graphic novel... 2 April 2010
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Mezolith is a brilliantly original story: a loving biography of the human race told at the personal level through one boy's eyes. And it captures the whole timeless marvel of humanity in that Poika, the hero, is simultaneously the latest of many generations of his people and at the same time a completely unique individual who is forming his own relationship with the universe, as we see in his charming connection with the bee that seems to become his particular totem, guide and rival.

Mezolith is the most important British graphic novel of the last twenty years. Personally I'm a huge fan of Watchmen, for example, but even a great comic like Watchmen or Sandman is only ever going to be understood by comics fans. The simple truth is that most comics leave most readers baffled, not only because they don't know how to read the medium but because the content doesn't engage them. That's not the case with Mezolith, which is a timeless, engaging and yet unsentimental tale that anybody and everybody can read and appreciate. It's not a book to put alongside Tintin, it's a book to put alongside Dickens. And by the way I'd better clarify that remark, which is not to deprecate Tintin (which, like Watchmen, I personally enjoy) but to emphasize how Mezolith manages to achieve the very rare feat, like Dickens, of combining literary worth, universal appeal and sheer entertainment value. It is most definitely not one of those self-consciously worthy graphic novels that tackle some "serious" intellectual or political subject in order to earn literary kudos. Its themes are serious and deep, but at the same time it is a hugely FUN read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely absorbing 8 Jun 2010
I was given this by a friend, and started reading it one evening. I entered another world and found myself completely absorbed. The artwork is stunning and the story captivating. A wonderful piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 19 Mar 2011
What a comic! By far the best I have read in years. Great artwork interesting stories wonderful world. Working wonderfully with what is known of the period to produce some fantastic fiction.
Please, other comic writers take note!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork, imaginative story 6 Nov 2010
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This book is a real pleasure, even just to browse through: really well crafted, atmospheric pictures that transport you into the ancient world. Each of the mini-stories leads you through the daily life and trials of a tribe and its characters as they grow, along with the mythological back-stories of the older, more enigmatic characters. In a simple way it delivers characters that you want to follow, stories that can sometimes blur the line between the real and the imagined, and artwork that draws you into this other realm. The cover says that this is Book One, so I hope there are more of these to come.
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