- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 01 edition (18 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891830430
- ISBN-13: 978-1891830433
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blankets Paperback – 18 Aug 2003
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About the Author
Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, Good-bye Chunky Rice, and Habibi. Thompson was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages around the world. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.
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.
I see this book as a catalogue of every last thing that makes you do stupid things for someone you barely know, but can't stop thinking about.
The chapters describing his home life and relationships with his family and the church could easily have been my own upbringing.
In short, this book is beautifully drawn and I suspect that anyone who has fallen in or out of love will be able to apply the story to their own life and experiences.
This book has the capacity to make you weep but also to fall off your chair laughing out loud because Thompson is describing something very similar to something you yourself once did.
Highly recommended for anyone that has loved and/or lost
It's a fantastic book, told with subtlety and tenderness. The burgeoning relationship of the main character is beautifully real, pulling no punches and taking no shortcuts, showing us anew the teenage infatuation that we have all experienced. The art is also of a very high quality, on certain pages creating some truly arresting images, as the conflicts in his head spill forth onto the page.
If I'm brutally honest, it was a little quick to read, as the art takes centre stage, but I'm sure I'll come back to it again and again. AAlthough, it has to be said, it probably would have been made slightly better with some spandex SOMEwhere.
But this is recommended. Highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't really know what to expect when I ordered this book; I hadn't heard of Craig Thompson beforehand, and had not read many graphic novels. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Brida
It is not clear when ordering that this book in French. I wanted in English.Published 25 days ago by Shellfishli
Apparently this is AMAZING. But I mistakenly bought the French version. When I look at description again it does say French, so it's my bad!Published 5 months ago by Richard Willis
Beautifully drawn, lovely story. Yet another great book from Craig Thompson.Published 10 months ago by Nick O.
A lovely story, brilliantly told by Thompson via the wonderfully collated pictorial form and bound in a really lovely edition. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Soph Harrison
Stunning novel, beautiful prose (and pictures)- definitely worth gettingPublished 17 months ago by YouKnowWho
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