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Blankets : a graphic novel
Craig Thompson
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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Craig’s parents are conservative Christians who believe that their son’s penchant for art will lead them down the road to hell. Brought up to fear God and to feel guilt over the smallest and most common of boyish sins, Craig is the designated high school outcast. Lucky fellow, he gets to maintain that role at church camp too. But then he meets Raina, beautiful, spiritual, kind, and complicated. The two strike up a relationship, a romance for the ages that has clearly haunted the artist Craig Thompson well into his adult life. Thompson relives his first love in poignant and painful detail accompanied by crisp, clear black-and-white drawings that are wonderfully expressive and dramatic, but never overly sentimental. The clash between what you’re brought up to believe and what you come to believe on your own through your own experiences, is dealt with sensitively, realistically, and with the kind of emotion that every reader can relate to.
posted Feb 1, 2011 at 5:18PM
Avatar for Alex Helmke Alex Helmke said:
A sad, gripping graphic novel. I can relate to the author’s extreme Christian background, and it makes the story much more heartbreaking. Time (as good of a source as they are) listed it as a top graphic novel of all time, and I agree. A great blend of autobiography and graphic arts. I suggest it for an intro to graphic novels and veterans alike. Much recommended.
posted Feb 17, 2010 at 11:51AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Young Craig and his kid brother share a bed in their attic bedroom. Sometimes their battle over who gets the biggest share of bed and blankets brings the wrath of their strict father down upon them. Fear of punishment is usually enough to end the sibling rivalry (though it’s always ignited again later; boys being boys and brothers being brothers), and the siblings are often united by their mutual love of drawing and the attacks by bullies that plague them both at school. Still, this is no charmed family portrait. Craig’s parents are conservative Christians who believe that their son’s penchant for art will lead him down the road to hell. The boys are brought up to fear God and to feel guilt over even the smallest and most common of boyish sins. Craig is the designated high school outcast and (lucky boy) he gets to maintain that role at summer church camp too—until he meets Raina, beautiful, spiritual, kind, and complicated. The two strike up a relationship, a romance for the ages that has clearly haunted the artist Craig Thompson well into his adult life. Thompson relives his first love in poignant and painful detail accompanied by crisp, clear black-and-white drawings that are wonderfully expressive and dramatic, but never overly sentimental. The clash between what you’re brought up to believe and what you come to believe on your own, through your own experiences, is dealt with sensitively, realistically, and with the kind of emotion that every reader can relate to.
posted Nov 13, 2009 at 2:32PM
buddydave said:
Listed in Gene Kannenberg Jr.’s 500 Essential Graphic novels (also available from the HCL system) as one of the Top 10 non-fiction graphic novels of all time. Kannenberg gives it 4 stars (out of 5 possible).
posted May 17, 2009 at 3:00PM
Gifford said:
This is the book that made me interested in reading again. I read it so fast that I had to immediately start rereading it after I finished it. I have read it nine times since and can’t wait to read it for the tenth time! Beautiful words and illustrations. Nothing more to say.
posted Jan 21, 2009 at 8:28PM
Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
A sweet, well-written story of first love, told from the male point of view. Very accessible, great for folks who "don't like graphic novels" (...yet)
posted May 26, 2007 at 4:55PM
Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
A sweet, well-written story of first love, told from the male point of view. Very accessible, great for folks who "don't like graphic novels" (yet...)
posted May 9, 2007 at 11:20AM
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