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Map of Days Hardcover – 1 Jan 2017
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Map of Days is a story that calls for multiple readings to share all of the nuances of the legend behind Earth's tides. It's a story that keeps readers at arm's length, and yet forces them to recognize the difficult decisions the boy is tasked with making. There are no easy decisions or moments for the boy in this book, and the story becomes a meditation on learning to accept that there are consequences to every action we take. -All The Wonders
Shortlisted for the Slate 2013 Cartoonist Studio Prize Map of Days is a story that calls for multiple readings to share all of the nuances of the legend behind Earth's tides. It's a story that keeps readers at arm's length, and yet forces them to recognize the difficult decisions the boy is tasked with making. There are no easy decisions or moments for the boy in this book, and the story becomes a meditation on learning to accept that there are consequences to every action we take. -All The Wonders Fascinating, tragic, strange, and composed of very basic emotions like curiosity, sympathy, guilt, and acceptance, Map of Days is a truly unique work with art as compelling and complex as the subject matter. -Comicon.com
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Richard can't stop thinking about his grandfather's clock. He lies in bed each night listening to its tick-rocking, to the pendulum's heavy swing. Unable to contain his curiosity, he opens its old doors in secret and steps into the surreal world beyond. There he discovers the Face of the Earth, trapped by an eternal longing. Moved by its tale of ancient love, Richard winds back the clcok, changing time forever...See all Product description
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The artwork is simple but lovely, and the interwoven text compliments it perfectly, filling in the details for us. It's beautiful to look at, difficult to fathom, and impossible to forget.
We've gotten several editions of this English magazine called ANORAK, and he thought the artwork reminded me of parts of Anorak. We agreed it was quite lovely... the cover image gives you an idea...
As for the content, the 'story', you have a kind of a strange, dream-like coming-of-age story when an older boy (teenager?) visits his grandfather and discovers a secret world, nestled inside of a creation myth. It feels more like a dream than a fable: there is no Lesson Learned at the end.
My son didn't think it was for everybody, but certainly the artier kids in his class would love it.
First off, the artwork in "Map of Days" is gorgeous. The opening pages with the 'creation' story and the love of one sibling for the sun is really mesmerizing. It is tempting to pull out the pages and want to put them in a frame and hang them.
Then begins Richard's tale. When he was younger, he would stay with his grandfather Frank who lived near the sea. Frank has a seeming obsession with clocks and in particular a great grandfather clock and keeping them in sync. One night he sees his grandfather come out of the grandfather clock and then leave the key in it. Curiosity is what it is so Richard takes the key and then at the next opportunity, he goes into the clock and climbs into another world where he meets the Face who is still in love with the Sun who comes over and then leaves. As with Frank, it is now Richard who becomes entranced by the Face, but being young and eager, Richard makes a fateful decision.
The art is beautiful and striking accompanied by prose that has a folkloric vibe that adds to the dreamy quality.
Think of the magical pull in stories of why we have a rainbow - an interpretation that it is the garland of love between earth and sky..
Cosmic bodies have gravitational pull both with their being far away and being grand. And Grandfather clock. who hasnt given into the mystery of the pendulum swing and boxed in a huge cupboard. When the narrator driven by curiosity goes into the clock, its a whole new world of creation as well as the dark force with it and its needs.
And what passes will end up with an answer that goes...
And thats how we have tides..
Artistic book, plot. I love the novel collage way of splitting the page into different size boxes with the scale governing the impact of the scene.