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Blankets Paperback – 18 Aug 2003
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One of the greatest love stories ever written, and surely the best ever drawn. (Joss Whedon)
Moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest, and probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan. (Neil Gaiman) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A modern classic, published for the first time in the UK. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The graphic novel is widely available in both ENGLISH and GERMAN, make sure you pick the right language!
What impressed me first of all was how Thompson manages to interweave these two strands in a way that isn't confusing. He doesn't need to insert `flashback' or `present' and `past' the pictures paint it all clearly (excuse the poor terminology) and what illustrations these are. I definitely wasn't expecting to have an emotional connection with this book. I thought I would be entertained and pick it up now and again. Instead I read it in three sittings, I was hooked. The pictures convey, as do the choice wordings throughout, the emotions of both growing up in the severity that Craig does and how he feels when love first hits.
The second thing that impressed me was how Craig covers a lot of modern subjects that are quite tough just in the written form (not that I am saying one medium is better than the other). Through `Blankets' Thompson encapsulates a world which at varying points features mental and physical disabilities, religion, sexuality, child abuse, depression, divorce, families and most of all love. It really has left me wondering if you can call a graphic novel epic, if so then `Blankets' is indeed a modern epic. I would be surprised, but pleasantly so, if there were any graphic novels that can better this on both artistic and emotional levels.
Blankets sits right up there in the pantheon of greats, is on my top shelf with Chris Ware’s 'Jimmy Corrigan', Daniel Clowes’ 'Ghost World', Chester Brown’s 'I Never Liked You', Dylan Horrocks’ 'Hicksville' and Seth’s 'It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken'. What more recommendation do you need?
You experience the conflicting emotions surrounding his religion and sexuality along with him. All I can say is that this, was breathtaking.
The only thing I have to say negatively is about the ending. Although beautiful and wrapping it up nicely, I found it slightly anti-climactic. I guess I was hoping for a slightly happier ending and wanting him to get the girl.
All in all, it's one of the best graphic novels I've read, I can recommend for sure and give this 4 stars.
For me, Blankets revealed Thompson as a long-lost vunerable friend, a friend I could not, and cannot, help from being hurt.
All I will say is that my Mother, who never reads comics or graphic novels, was moved to tears several times whilst reading Blankets after I recommended it to her. Powerful stuff that is heartwarming, endearing, funny and beautiful.
Apparently already on it's 3rd printing I cannot urge you to buy this book enough. Mr Thompson, I thank you.
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