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Goliath [Hardcover]

Tom Gauld
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16 Feb 2012
Goliath of Gath isn't much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: "Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants." Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings. This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath s life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld s drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath s battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460652
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In [Gauld's] version, Goliath is no bloodthirsty caricature, but a crack penpusher for the Philistine army who is forced into facing down the Israelite army by an unscrupulous superior. Stranded on the frontline with his young shield bearer for company, the main part of the story is about loneliness and losing control of your own destiny, with the muted brown palette reflecting the bleak situation Goliath inexplicably finds himself in."-"It's Nice That" "Gauld's stylistic toolkit--clean lines, simple shapes, and crosshatching so thick it's nearly fabric--makes it all a pleasure to behold. He mines comedic gold from deadpan reaction shots so well timed you could set a watch by them and, weirder still, some tragic oomph for the hapless sucker."-"Booklist" "Satan, as we know, has had all the best tunes and much of the best literature since Milton's Paradise Lost (1666). ["Goliath" is] a graphic novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Tom Gauld, the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah."-"The Independent" "Tom Gauld's tragic, darkly funny retelling of David and Goliath from Goliath's perspective. Gauld's work is always quietly powerful and emotionally grabbing."-"Boing Boing"

About the Author

Tom Gauld lives in London. His comics frequently appear in "The Guardian, "and his illustrations have appeared in "The New York Times." He has designed a number of book covers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective 15 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
Goliath of Gath isn't much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: "Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants." Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings. This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath's life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld's drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath's battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures.

Occasionally I like to try something completely different and today is one of those days. I've been given the opportunity to take a stab at reviewing a graphic novel. Rather than traditional superhero fare, however, my first foray into this more visual medium of storytelling, is a reinterpretation of a classic bible story.

In this version of events, Goliath is painted as a very sympathetic character. He has no desire to fight and would much rather spend his time contemplating the world, or quietly working. His enormous size leads people to believe he is a monster but nothing could be further from the truth. The reader meets an introspective soul who, through the course of his journey, gets to ponder the meaning of existence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the target 27 Feb 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
A freakishly tall yet meek army admin clerk called Goliath is tricked into pretending to be his army's "giant champion", a symbol that one of the King's advisors hopes will end the conflict if the opposing army's champion fails to meet Goliath's challenge. Alas, we all know how it ends...

Tom Gauld shows a different side to the famous David and Goliath story with Goliath portrayed as not the giant he was purported to be but an overly tall chap near 7 feet tall, who prefers working quietly at his desk to fighting. You feel sorry for him being used as he is solely for his appearance to trick the enemy into surrendering, especially when that enemy sends a champion with a slingshot out to face Goliath.

Well written and delightfully drawn in a deceptively simple yet captivating style that suits this quiet tale of a quiet man whose good nature was exploited by the cynicism of others. "Goliath" is an excellent comic book by a fantastic and underrated artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary story superbly realised 24 Feb 2013
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I bought this as a gift. It was on the recipient's wish list and I can understand why. Wonderful illustration, wry and witty.
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