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This review is from: The Beats: A Graphic History (Paperback)Having read some of Harvey Pekars other books with pleasure, especially the ones with artwork by Robert Crumb, being interested in comic books in general, and especially having been interested in the Beat Generation and the Beat writers and their work since I read Ginsbergs "Howl" in 1964, I thought that this book sounded like one I ought to have in my collection of Beat litterature.
I am sorry to say that it is a disapointing experience. The text is a brief introduction to the writers and the movement, a little unacurate here and there, but all in all a sober but short and not very exciting introduction and not much more. If you have read about this subject before, you don't learn anything you didn't know in advance. And I don't know how well it works as an appeticer for the newcomer.
My main complaints is about the poor graphics, and that's bad in a supposedly graphic novel.
The artist are not able to make a satisfying likeness to the real caracters. They couldn't even be used as caricatures, as they don't look like the persons they are supposed to portray. If it wasn't mentioned in the text who the persons on the pictures are, you wouldn't have a clue.
And the artist seem to lack a proper knowledge of the human anatomy. Sometimes the arms are too long for the body etc. For instance in the story about Kerouac, he can't decide wether kerouac is lefthanded or righthanded. In one picture he writes with his left hand, in the next he writes with his right hand. That's defenitly not a good thing in a cartoon.
So all in all, I cannot recommend this book. There are a lot of books about the Beat generation and the Beat writers, and lots of books with photos with the persons involved. I will anytime recommend readers with an interest in this subject to use their money on some of those instead of wasting them on this book.