mulliner, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by mulliner)
I read it in one sitting, and then read it again. It sounds wrong to say 'graphic memoir', but that's what this is. He's made a career doing award-winning illustrations for other people's stories. Turning to his own childhood, he lets the art tell most of the story, but uses words just so. It's as close to watching a movie while holding a book that I've ever come.
His childhood was not a happy one, but it's not that he's abandoned, or beaten. He's in a home with two parents, but there's little love or nurturing. This does not endear his parents to the reader, but you do feel a trickle of compassion for his mother after you meet her mother. The only time I recall his mother seeming protective of him was when she returned after leaving him alone with her mother, and realized that was a mistake.
I liked this comment by Jules Feiffer: "From its first line four pages in, 'Mama had her little cough,' we know that we are in the hands of a master."
SandyPP, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
what's that growing on David? Will anyone pay attention? One of your heavier graphic novels, this memoir is both moving and astonishing. If you thought you had the most dysfunctional family around, move over.
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