American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar - Stories Paperback – 23 Jan 2004
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From the Publisher
Praise for the American Splendor movie:
Academy Award Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Writers Guild of America Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner Best Picture and Best Screenplay, National Society of Film Critics
Winner Best Picture, Sundance Film Festival 2003
Winner New Director's Award, Edinburgh Film Festival
5 Independent Spirit Award Nominations
5 Satellite Award Nominations
From the Inside Flap
The inspiration for the award-winning movie
from HBO Films and Fine Line Features
The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
Two classic comic anthologies in one volume
Stories by Harvey Pekar
Introduction by R. Crumb
Art by Kevin Brown, Gregory Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray
The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie "American "Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival
"American Splendor is the world's first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships. Pekar has been compared to Dreiser, Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce. But he is truly more than all of them--he is himself.
"Mr. Pekar has . . . proven that comics can address the ambiguities of daily living, that like the finest fiction, they can hold a mirror up to life."
--"The New York Times
"[Pekar] has a vision that makes daily city life--a ride on the bus, a run-in with a boss, or simply buying bread--dramatic."
"Simply stated, "American Splendor is the most superb literary endeavor to come off the streets of Cleveland in decades."
--"The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"Mr. Pekar lets all of life flood into his panels: the humdrum and the heroic, the gritty and the grand."
--"The New York Times Book Review
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Pekar's work is a cerebral approach to the comic medium. Many of the panels have no dialog and only illustrate the external while the text reveals the thought stream of Pekar's mind. His ability to portray the inner workings of his thoughts, in a humorous and sympathetic manner, is the key to the success of his writings. The comic is a working class version of Seinfeld with a populist self-made intellectual as the leading character. Yet there is a Existentialist angst to this work that puts it in a class by itself.
First of all, this book offers a range of short storys by Harvey Pekar. The stories are about his daily observation, social commentary and about his daily mundane life. The subjects explored in this book isn't too hard hitting, just about the pleasures, displeasures of life. Things to do with the american justice system, violence and crime. He writes in a down to earth manner, thus the reader is able to easily identify with him.
He is a quirky and sometimes humouristic writer. Often containing clever references in a clever prose, very similar to Woody Allen. A times he shows the catharsism and delicacy to handle engaging stories about his own feelings which often works very well. The book is illustrated beautifully with a range of artists who show unique expression and understanding of how to depict a story.
However where the book failed was its inability to capture any continuity in its narrative. I felt some stories would have worked much better if they were somehow melded into a continuence rather fragmented. Or perhaps extend some of the stories. This would have made it even more easier to read.
Overall a very good book which shows some sophistication in its execution of subject matter and narrative. The book is not suited for everyone, but anyone who is willing to read a different kind of comic book. Here it is!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
we are all in the same boat...some just sink faster.
These are stories straight from real life like you've never read them before! The tale of the old man who tells Harvey great stories,but clams up when he meets an attractive lady. Emil,the lonely Slav whose racism covers his insecurities, Mr. Boats, the cranky old man whose race (African-American) is never called attention to in the stories. I was moved more than anything I've read since Charles Schulz and said, "DAMN! If this guy can write like this,I should give it a try."
Since then,I've been a newspaper commetator as well as a writer of historical articles.
Thank you Harvey, for showing me that I can.