French Milk Paperback – 16 Mar 2009
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"A keenly observed letter back home...the pleasure Knisley takes in food and company is infectious." -- Douglas Wolk, slate
"Charming." -- Publishers Weekly
"Wonderful....Read it and you will not be disappointed." -- Whitney Matheson, Usa Today
About the Author
Lucy Knisley is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently attends the Center for Cartoon Studies. During the month and a half she spent in Paris she estimates that she ate approximately sixty croissants, more than four hundred cornichons, and a metric ton of chocolate mousse. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Chicago.
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I really liked the travelogue elements of this graphic novel, where the author visits art galleries and fairs. Also i really liked the photographs which are integrated into the book. Also the numerous lavish descriptions of the food are really good.
However as this was also a diary she mentions her friends and her boyfriend from back home, however I never really felt like I got a sense of anyone involved in the book. Also (although she does talk about this in the book), quite a lot of the book has a bit of whiny tone considering where she is and what she is doing.
Overall I enjoyed the read and drawing style, however if it was supposed to be about her travels I would have liked to no more about the places she visited, or at least have more pictures of these. Or if it was supposed to be more personal I would have liked to know a bit more about her friends and people in the book.
Highs: The Parisian setting, the detail, the honesty of Lucy, the food porn and her obvious passion for museums and art.
Lows: Even though I admired her honesty, at times Lucy does seem like a bit of a spoiled brat...moaning and bitching and going on about her boyfriend....get over it you're in Paris and you've only got a month! Use it wisely goddamit!
I found some of the drawing a little scrappy at times and often the actual text was so illegible that I struggled to read some of the words, which is a bit lazy for a graphic artist, but this is a minor drawback and all things considered I enjoyed this and would recommend it.
I liked the drawings of locations, the impressions of people and the descriptions of the food of paris. She captures atmosphere very well and mixes it with a strong humour.
The book itself is nicely bound and the paper is pleasant. There are some photographs intermixed with the cartoons which add to the atmosphere of an artists travel journal.
The only bad point about this book is that with it being black and white we miss the beautiful colouring from her work on the net.
I think if you are considering buying the book, check out her blog. If you enjoy that, you will love the book.
Looking forward to more books please!
I found this self indulgent, whimsical, pointless dross. As an annotated sketch book, its a reasonable investment to consider, but as a "graphic novel" it doesn't go anywhere. It meanders about, like the author at her mothers' side, gawping at the wonders of Paris and offering very little insight on what she sees.
So, yes, please don't consider this a "review". I'm giving you my opinion which I really had to let out. There are a million more worthwhile comics out there to read, but please don't bother with this one. Maybe the author is brewing up something new. Check out her website, I certainly can't deny that I enjoy her art style, it's just a shame that it lacks any meaningful substance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my girlfriend and she says it's interesting but the main character whines and complains too much which kind of spoils it.Published 7 months ago by M Ball
A good selection of observations but nothing too ground breaking. A pleasant read all the same.
I would give it a go.
It was good but I was somehow expecting more, I am looking forward to read her latest book "relish" as well.Published on 25 May 2013 by Giorgia Martinucci
Fantastic and inspiring. Worth a read if you're a lover of comics and illustration or even if it's your first time reading a book like this!Published on 2 Nov. 2011 by wtfsophie
Thoroughly enjoyable book from a first rate comic book artist. Very funny, oddball and engrossing read.Published on 31 July 2009 by Andrew Buckle
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