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Blankets (edition 2003)

by Craig Thompson

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Member:Nymeth
Title:Blankets
Authors:Craig Thompson
Info:Top Shelf Productions (2003), Paperback, 592 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Non-Fiction, Comics

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

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    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).… (more)
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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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I initially went into this book blind, I had not a clue what it was about and I must say it was surprisingly intimate. Blankets is the author's memoir and it chronicles his experience growing up in rural Wisconsin.

I really loved the black and white art style as I felt it portrayed the loneliness of the stark winter landscape of rural Wisconsin perfectly. Craig Thompson's portrayal of his traditional Christian upbringing was so fascinating to me, as it was an inside look at a family life that I had never encountered before. I also think that the way that the evolving relationship between Craig and his little brother was portrayed was so honest, sweet, and really funny at times.

Blankets  also explores some dark places as the author reveals his experience of bullying at school, not fitting in, his crisis of faith, and experiencing childhood abuse. Despite the melancholic tone at points, the story explores some of the best experiences of Craig's adolescence such as his long-distance relationship with first love, Raina. Their budding romance was one of the best parts of the book as it felt so universally relatable.

The conclusion of Blankets was open ended which was perfect though I can see why others would feel unsatisfied with it. Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book. It was laugh out loud funny at times and basically a brilliant peak into somebody else's life story, which is perfect for readers like me who are a bit nosy and love reading other people's memoirs. ( )
  4everfanatical | Nov 30, 2016 |
I read this book after making my first quilt, so I understand how important a homemade blanket is. This is a wonderful tribute to a first love. An awkward boy and a wonderful girl. A homemade quilt. A mural. First love, first kiss, road trips, snow. I hope I can look back on my high school years with as much tenderness someday. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
Blankets has always been a favorite of mine. The artwork is mesmerizing and striking. It speaks to you, Thompson pairs literary and visual art to tell the memories of his childhood, his first love, his struggle with religion - to find himself. This work I would not recommend to my students simply because I know this book and another of Thompson's novels was challenged for being inappropriate, despite being appropriate for many who are searching for who they are. Diversity wise, you don't hear much about how one doubted his faith since childhood. I didn't grow up in a very strict Christian denomination home, I was raised to be a relaxed Catholic and now I feel I am more spiritual than a part of any religion. Regardless, this book deserves to be read by those who struggle with their identity, whether it is with religion, a talent, their past - what have you. ( )
  rparks | Oct 6, 2016 |
Read this entirely based on someone I follow on Twitter saying it was great. They were right. So I'm extending the same opportunity to the readers of this review! ( )
  Bernadette877 | Jul 1, 2016 |
Raise your hand if you kept hearing about the epic graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson. Chances are that the majority of you have at the very least heard of this book. It's continually touted as a must-read and so I finally grabbed it anticipating something that would knock me off of my feet. What I got instead was a thoroughly uncomfortable coming of age story that I didn't find particularly compelling. The art was not at fault. There were some truly lovely illustrations and I think the choice of keeping everything fairly muted in various shades of blue, black, and white was a good one. However, I couldn't get past how uncomfortable I found the story. Blankets is the true childhood tale of the author, Craig Thompson. The way that religion and relationships were depicted was problematic at best and psychologically troubling at worst. Craig grew up in a rural town as the oldest of two sons. The story starts with the two boys sharing a bed (not by their choice) and the arguments that ensued over the less than ideal situation. From the very start, I wondered if the cathartic writing of this book was the reason that Thompson wrote this. I say this because I think perhaps the author should seek professional help. As you know, I steer clear of spoilers here but I do feel that you should be forewarned that there are copious instances of child abuse in this book. The cruelty he and his brother faced disturbed my sleep while I was reading it and there were several times that I almost quit the book entirely. However, my hope that the end would prove worthwhile kept me turning the pages (and ultimately left me disappointed). If you're feeling particularly brave (or curious), then I can only wish you the best of luck with your quest. For me, the art alone wasn't worth it in the end. 3/10 ( )
  AliceaP | Jun 24, 2016 |
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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.
 
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.
added by stephmo | editNew 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.
added by stephmo | editPowells.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.
added by stephmo | editTIME, Andrew Arnold (Jul 11, 2003)
 

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Thompson, Craigprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Assis, ÉricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
David, AlainTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dohmen, ToonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fliege, Claudiasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my family, with love.
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When we were young, my little brother Phil and I shared the same bed.
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Loosely based on the author's life, chronicles Craig's journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.

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