4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A book everyone should read at least twice.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Hardcover)
This book is almost undescribable, the artwork is beautiful and intricate - I read it about 5 times just to look at the detail.
Ware creates a sad and totally helpless character who we grow to know and love, but he also frustrates as he is TOTALLY helpless. The character's innate muteness matches the clean illustrations - this lack of text, however, is not detremental to the quality of the book, we still see the depth of plot and complexity of character we would expect from a 1000 pages of writers block.
The plot follows Jimmy Corrigan meeting his long lost father and inturn meeting his half-sister. The story interchanges with the plot of Jimmy's grandfather as a child, growing up with his unloving father during the time of the World Expo in Chicago.
The narration is very disjointed and the boxes sometimes hard to 'read' in the right order, furthermore the story lapses into dreams or 'what if's without warning making the book a challenge to read but this only makes you want to read more.
Ware captures his characters life in the short space of time and accurately and truthfully portrays it in the plot, the plot whizzes along with no evident climaxes or low periods simply events. Jimmy seems to just drift through these events in his quiet bumbling way, avoiding fuss of any kind although he secretly longs to be a superhero.
Overall I believe this book to be one of the most incitive and wonderful books I've read.