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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentleman Briggs!, 18 May 2007
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Mr. Matthew Munroe "Worldasleep" (Brighton, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have a feeling I read this as a child, at some stage, and can remember it being a great read. Sometime last year I had the urge to read it again, and I wasn't wrong first time round!

It's only a simple book but you can't beat Raymond Briggs's illustrations and imagination. There is something very unique about his style and the book itself. If you, or your children, have seen or, ideally, read the Snowman than I can pretty much garuntee you will like this book.

Now, I admit, it is a little sad towards the end and I can honestly say I've never felt truely sorry for a character in a book, apart from Jim. He tries so hard to make things good, is intentions are top notch but he isn't that bright has a few problems getting exactly what he wants.

A great and inticing read!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!, 27 Mar 2014
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This concerns Jim Bloggs an aging lavatory attendant who dreams of being something else. His Walter Mitty daydreams become increasingly elaborate until one day he decides to become a highwayman.
This is an early Briggs story and can come across as a little unfocused. There is a strong message about the helplessness of the Everyman, and the rise of bureaucracy and those petty individuals that enforce it. The ending is also eyebrow raising compared to many of Briggs’ other works.
The art is a lot richer and more vibrant than many of his more pastel works. The daydreams that spread right across the page are superb showcasing what he is capable of when let out from the customary tiny panel. The authority figures that thwart him are all caricatures in both speech and depiction. The traffic warden is a wonderfully stylised Hitler.
An unusual read in that Jim may exasperate you as much as draw your sympathy. But he and Hilda go on to star in When the Wind Blows and that was magnificent.
Thumbs Up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good example of Raynond Briggs' writing, 1 Feb 2009
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AOD (Madrid, Spain) - See all my reviews
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Gentleman Jim
A simple story about a simple man - touching, as with others of Raymond Briggs' stories e.g. the film "When the Wind Blows" AOD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Briggs, 4 Feb 2013
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A beautiful and simply told story, which in true Briggs fashion has humour and poignancy in equal measure. I loved Jim!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim, 30 Jan 2013
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I'm a big Raymond Briggs fan love his art work and the story, so slowing getting all his books togeather for my grandchildren.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Raymond Briggs Classic, 2 Jun 2010
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I stumbled across this after hearing a Radio 4 adaptation - and to my delight, the book is even better. A daydreaming lavatory attendant dreams of a more exciting life for himself and his wife, but without 'the Levels', as he calls them, he struggles to break free of his rather mundane existence. Heartwarming and sad in equal measure, this is Briggs at his very best. Jim is one of his most engaging characters - not especially bright, and with only a limited understanding of the world around him, but a romantic idealist who means well despite his behaviour. A brilliant picture book for adults, in the same vein as 'Ethel and Ernest' and 'When the Wind Blows'.
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Gentleman Jim by Raymond Briggs (Hardcover - 7 Aug 2008)
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