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One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry

One Hundred Demons (2002)

by Lynda Barry

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This book was good--not brilliant, but really solid work. I particularly love how she breaks one of the cardinal rules of memoir (it shouldn't be therapeutic) and then celebrates that she did ("Writing this was SO therapeutic!"). I also love how she breaks another cardinal rule of memoir and just makes stuff up for the sake of a good story (From now on, I'm planning to use her term "autobifictionalography" in response to everyone who asks if my fiction is based on my own life).

Some funny stuff, some heartbreaking stuff, and a few pieces that didn't quite go far enough, I thought. But overall, great work--I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open for more of her work.
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  Snoek-Brown | Feb 7, 2016 |
Semi-autobiographical graphic novel of Lynda Barry's childhood in Seattle (98144 zip code!). Touching, funny, bittersweet and aching. Memorable chapters: Lynda loses her magic and her best friend Ev; being intrigued by the smells of people's houses; missing a lost stuffed toy or blanket; adopting an abused dog.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Lynda Barry is brilliant. So is this book. Hard hitting and deeply moving. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Awesome, thought-provoking, nostalgia-making book. Longer review later. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Mar 30, 2013 |
I think I would like this more had I not also read The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Fun Home, and Persepolis of late; I think I'm done with semiautobiographical female comics memoir for the time being. I'm not saying One Hundred Demons is like the others completely-- it has a sense of humor that none of those books do-- but after reading them (not to mention American Splendor, Jimmy Corrigan, and Ghost World), I get it. The literary establishment likes its comics to be literary memoirs of tortured people. Now can we do something else? Why don't we like literary fiction at least? Thankfully Barry is less tortured than most. (Though in the seminar I read this in, at least one person criticized Barry for not being tortured enough. She demanded to know why race was more explicitly discussed. Maybe because nonwhite writers are allowed to write about things other than their own nonwhiteness?)
  Stevil2001 | May 27, 2012 |
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Buddhism teaches that each person must overcome 100 demons in a lifetime. In this collection of 20 comic strips, Lynda Barry wrestles with some of hers in her signature quirky, irrepressible voice. Color illustrations throughout.

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