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Blankets (urspr publ 2003; utgåvan 2003)

av Craig Thompson

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Loosely based on the author's life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.
Medlem:SewickleyTeen
Titel:Blankets
Författare:Craig Thompson
Info:Top Shelf Productions (2003), Paperback, 592 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:sewickley public library, teen, fiction, craig thompson, graphic novel, drama, realistic, midwest, coming-of-age, alienation, christianity, camp

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Blankets av Craig Thompson (2003)

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    Days of the Bagnold Summer av Joff Winterhart (kinsey_m)
  5. 10
    American Jesus - Book One: Chosen av Mark Millar (Percevan)
    Percevan: Both comic books are about coming of age and a boy's relationship to Christianity. They are both thought-provoking, but in different ways.
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    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood av Marjane Satrapi (Hibou8)
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    Ghost World av Daniel Clowes (hazzabamboo)
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    Born Again av Kelly Kerney (Percevan)
    Percevan: Both books deal with coming of age of after rigid fundamentalist christian upbringing, but in different formats: a girl's thought provoking fictional story in a novel (Born again) and a beautiful graphic novel with the autobiographical story of a boy (Blankets).… (mer)
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    MarcusH: While The Underdogs is not a graphic novel, Markus Zusak does create a series of somewhat autobiographical coming of age tales similar to the story told in Blankets. Zusak's prose is poetic and creates images through words as Thompson creates actual images.
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Do you ever have those moments where you read a book, hear a song, watch a scene, or see a picture that draws you in, washes over you, and leaves you wondering what just happened? Something that pulls at you, makes it difficult to swallow, brings tears to your eyes, sends a little shiver down your spine, and you don’t even really know why? It doesn’t even have to be “good” art per se, but for some reason it resonates just right with your own frequency. It’s like a bit like falling in love — that dizzy, giddy feeling of realizing that someone, maybe just a little, understands you, the real you.

Most often I find this in books: Elizabeth Wein’s “The Winter Prince,” Robin McKinley’s “Deerskin,” Madeleine L’Engle’s “Ring of Endless Light,” Juliet Marillier’s “Wolfskin;” sometimes with songs: Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep,” Howard Shore’s “Breaking of the Fellowship,” the Fray’s “Happiness,” among others. When I find them, I want to read or listen to them over and over; it’s so good that I can’t help wanting to repeat that first “oomph” where it reaches in and grabs my heartstrings. It’s part of the reason why I am constantly reading Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” At the same time there is a little trepidation at leaving them — perhaps the magic of them will disappear after having marred their memory with some other novel or song. And it’s true — you come back to them a different person each time. And sometimes it does fade after time — the words or melodies are no longer exactly what you need now, because they were what you needed then.

Blankets, by Craig Thompson, is one of those books. It’s a surreal feeling to read a book and to realize as you are reading it that it is going to be something that will sink into your skin and dwell with you and quite possibly have a significant impact on who you are, how you think about things, why you think about things. “Blankets” is a five hundred eighty-two graphic novel, semi-autobiographical, written by a young man raised in a small mid-western town by a strict Christian family. It chronicles episodes from his childhood — he is a scrawny, sensitive, artistic child with a younger brother and a penchant for drawing which his parents are highly critical of — and his adolescence: dawning awareness of the hypocrisy amongst his faith-professing peers, scattered ideas of how to reconcile his love for art and the pressure to enter the ministry, an unprecedented long-distance friendship with a girl he meets at church camp. All of it is lushly, starkly, horribly, beautifully, stunningly illustrated in black and white drawings.

Many in the demographic to which it is pushed now — the young adult/senior high school student — are not ready for this book. It is painfully honest, exposing the falseness and crudeness that Craig sees and hears, the horrors of childhood punishment and abuse, the ecstasy and thrills of his relationship with Raina, the preconceived ideas and ugly assumptions expressed by the supposedly pious, the doubts and fears and questions of faith. ( )
1 rösta resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I tried to read the author's first book (Good-Bye, Chunky Rice) and couldn't make it past a few pages. This was much more successful! I read all 600 or so pages quite easily and I really enjoyed it. Beautiful illustrations, a very grounded story about a boy growing up in a difficult household, with a lot of religion-based oppression and isolation, and making a connection with a young woman he's absolutely smitten with. Thompson uses the power of his beautiful illustrations to take the grounded story into the fantastical, and deals with the fantasies of the sacred, both religious and of the flesh. I might have given the first half five stars, and the last half three stars, I felt somewhat unfulfilled by the end, especially given the intensity of the journey we had been on. ( )
  steveportigal | Dec 31, 2020 |
Loved this, one of the first graphic novels I really, truly enjoyed. ( )
  Emily_Harris | Dec 22, 2020 |
Graphic novels are rather new for me, but I'm enjoying memoirs so far. Thompson's story is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. He has a great voice, and really packed a punch with some of his drawings; he captures his inner emotions and how he deals with his surroundings perfectly. My only complaint is that he rushed through his decision on his religion a bit too swiftly, but it still worked. I think this was really suposed to be the story of him growing up. I loved the scenes with his brother and the way he portrayed his relationship with Raina was just perfect. I recall how I felt in a young, long-distance romance, and the novel felt authentic and honest. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Oh Blankets. I will admit that as an almost 600 page stand-alone graphic novel in 2004 you were revolutionary, however, this most recent reading your cracks start to show. As a coming-of-age story, the book does work, but its just so long, laboured and maudlin - overbearing and sometimes abusive parents, Christian guilt, repressed sexuality, sexual abuse and a teenage romance cut short - there are more issues packed in here than a half-an-hour episode of Degrassi. Story aside, Thompson's art work is expressive and beautiful, I just hope someone tightens up his writing for his next book...whenever it shows up on the shelves. ( )
  scout101 | Sep 15, 2020 |
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Blankets is an attempt to rejuvenate such well-trod themes as social isolation, religious guilt, and first love; the vitality of which has become too frequently obscured by countless hackneyed dramas and endless clichés. Toward the very end of this “illustrated novel,” Craig notes, while walking in snow, how “satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface.” In Blankets, Thompson does just this: through daring leaps of visual storytelling, he makes wonderfully fresh marks upon a surface long worn blank.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraThe Modern World, Ismo Santala (Nov 18, 2003)
 
In telling his story, which includes beautifully rendered memories of the small brutalities that parents inflict upon their children and siblings upon each other, Thompson describes the ecstasy and ache of obsession (with a lover, with God) and is unafraid to suggest the ways that obsession can consume itself and evaporate.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraNew York Times, Ken Tucker (Sep 13, 2003)
 
...credit writer-artist Craig Thompson, 27, for infusing his bittersweet tale of childhood psyche bruising, junior Christian angst, and adolescent first love with a lyricism so engaging, the pages fly right by.
 
I would be unlikely to share Blankets with someone who told me they wanted to understand comix. Instead, I would give it to anyone who told me they wanted to read a book that made them feel transcendent, sad, generous, hopeful — but above all, to truly feel something.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraPowells.com, Chris Bolton (Aug 23, 2003)
 
Part teen romance novel, part coming-of-age novel, part faith-in-crisis novel and all comix, "Blankets" is a great American novel.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraTIME, Andrew Arnold (Jul 11, 2003)
 

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