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Blankets (edition 2004)

by Craig Thompson (Author)

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Member:souloftherose
Title:Blankets
Authors:Craig Thompson (Author)
Info:Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2004.
Collections:Read but unowned, Use for recommendations, Read in 2011
Rating:****1/2
Tags:@Library, Graphic novel, #dimensions checked, Autobiography, American author, Snow, First love, Religion, Coming of age, 11 in 11, TIOLI, 2011 75 books challenge, Published: 2003

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Blankets by Craig Thompson (Author)

adolescence (30) American (29) art (19) autobiographical (18) autobiography (92) biography (23) brothers (23) Christianity (67) comic (66) comics (223) coming of age (148) family (42) fiction (136) first love (86) graphic (24) graphic novel (789) growing up (19) love (101) memoir (128) non-fiction (63) read (62) relationships (56) religion (148) romance (62) teen (24) to-read (40) USA (19) Wisconsin (36) YA (24) young adult (26)
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    Stitches: A Memoir by David Small (teelgee)
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    American Jesus - Book One: Chosen by 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 I : The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (Hibou8)
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    Born Again by 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).… (more)
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    Underdogs by Markus Zusak (MarcusH)
    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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One of the best graphic novels I have read and one of the few out there about relationships in early adulthood. ( )
  JK135 | Feb 24, 2014 |
A beautiful coming of age story about a young boy and his first love. Part of the story takes place in Wisconsin :-) ( )
  rfewell | Feb 5, 2014 |
Wow, Blankets charmed the socks off me! :) This is perfect for anyone looking for an adorable, easy read. Light and breezy, with just the ideal dash of angst to balance it. ( )
  potterhead9.75 | Jan 5, 2014 |
Endearing. Typical graphic novel, coming of age, first love. sometimes the art seemed a little basic. ( )
  allisonneke | Dec 17, 2013 |
Thompson's massive novel is beautifully drawn, that's for sure. Perhaps what he is best at is capturing the silent moments in life with panels that flow, divide, merge, and trail off. The subject matter is his childhood and "first love" as many have mentioned. The bible thumping years and the eventual fall from the faithful life all has a melancholic, sad, often pathetic feel to it. There is a lot of real life to learn from in the book; a lot of pain, suffering, joy, and frustration. And there is a lot of pathetic teenage love and angst. In the end, Thompson tells a good story with amazing drawings. ( )
  bluepigeon | Dec 15, 2013 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Thompson, CraigAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Assis, ÉricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
David, AlainTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dohmen, ToonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fliege, Claudiasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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