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Get a Life [Hardcover]

Phillippe Dupuy , Charles Berberian
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; 1st Hardcover Ed edition (Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896597793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896597799
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Monsieur Jean first appeared in the pages of Drawn & Quarterly, the series instantly became one of the most popular in the publication's history, drawing enthusiastic reviews from readers. Now, for the first time, D+Q is publishing all the early stories from this series collected together in one handsome volume. Here, we follow one man's life through his bachelorhood in his 20s and early 30s and along the road to impending marriage, kids and deadlines for his publisher. Written with a sophisticated wit and charm, Get a Life promises to be one of the graphic novels of the year.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate, surreal poetry of life. 6 Sep 2004
This book is one of the most refined and enjoyable illustrated novels along with BONE of Jeff Smith.Here we are not in fantasy realms, though: this books narrates the life of a young writer in Paris, his problems with making end meets,with a nosy concierge, with friends that sometimes take advantage on him, and his relations with women. Our hero, Jean, is a gentle, a bit shy man, prone to insomnia and bizarre dreamings. To me resembles some character out of a Boris Vian novel, as his histories have a surreal, yet realistic taste, like a lucid dream. The drawing it's also very pleasant, having something of a stylized, expressionistic flavor. Recommended for all the comic readers that want someting refined and different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good edition 11 April 2014
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One of my favourite BDs is Monsieur Jean. I bought it to my wife who was always complaining that she missed these stories because of the language.
Now I am very happy that we have it in English. The translation is very good.
I'm wondering if there will be another book with the rest of the stories.

It's good to know (you can see it from the cover of course) that you won't find actions in it. These are amusing stories of Monsieur Jean and his friends. Like the films of Rohmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy to read 27 Jun 2008
i came across this book when i read about Phillippe Dupuy & Charles Berberian. They have an unusual partnership because both of them share the writing and drawing of most of their output equally. i read an interview with them both and they are quoted saying that sometimes they have a hard time identifying who did what on certain stories, like they had melded into one cartoonist!

Luckily for me D&Q had published this gem of a hardback. It has the first Mr. Jean stories in a well designed format printed on quality paper (D&Q never let us down in that area). It is a nice heavy little book.

I was soon gently introduced to this insomniac writer and his various friends and lovers, in what i would describe as a classic french graphic style. Bulbous noses, very free and energetic characters, whilst retaining a lovingly detailed and realistic looking environment. The stories have a natural flow that incorporates lots of dreamlike surrealism when Mr. Jean lets his imagination wander.

I love the stories and love the art. I just wish D&Q would publish the next 3 in the series in the same format as this book. Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the Mundane Meaningful 6 Dec 2006
By K. N. - Published on Amazon.com
An engaging and bittersweet set of comics detailing the rather ordinary life of Monsieur Jean, a kind of late-twentysomething Everyman. Dupuy and Berberian, who collaborated on all aspects of this comics' writing and illustration, create a meaningful storyline for Jean without sacrificing humor or imagination. Jean's misadventures in love are nicely tempered by more lighthearted scenes, including Jean's endless standoff with the apartment building's concierge as well as the running gag of the telephone ringing every time Jean settles into a warm bath.

Dupuy and Berberian's strength resides in their mastery of quotidian observation. This extends not only to their writing but also to their illustrations, which reflect a fine sense of detail for apartment clutter, youth culture, and the vagaries of life in the city, among other things. Their lines and coloring are pleasant to the eye, and the artistry of Jean's dream sequences is especially notable.

Credit to the Montreal-based publishing collective Drawn & Quarterly for bringing Dupuy and Berberian across the Atlantic in a superb English translation. Some of the best graphic novels are being published by independent houses these days. Available in a lovely hardcover edition, this book deserves the highest praise for its literary, graphic, and book-design quality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passing Pleasant-Enough Time with Jean 26 Nov 2008
By Imez - Published on Amazon.com
I'm new to the graphic novel genre, as I have only recently discovered they are not all about Japanese vampires battling evil and sexual tension.

Get A Life is something else all together. It has humor but it is small, gentle humor. It doesn't have thick plots, no deep pains or truths to exorcise.

It's just a French guy living a French life flanked by interchangeable attractive women and so-so friends. In fact, all the characters are so-so people, no heroes and few villains, very real in that respect.

Compelling, not boring, but no deep shakes. Another book I liked even though I sense I (American female a generation behind Jean) am not the intended audience. If I were the intended, I might think it was genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dupuy & Berberian Are Geniuses 5 Oct 2008
By Cozy Wozerson - Published on Amazon.com
I have A LOT of graphic novels and I am constantly updating my collection, but Get A Life remains one of my favorite books EVER. Wonderful, seemingly effortless art supports a witty story that never gets old even after a hundred reads. Get A Life lives among the best comics ever produced, along with Craig Thompson's Blankets, Graham Annable's Grickle, and Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes.
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