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The alcoholic by Jonathan Ames

The alcoholic (edition 2008)

by Jonathan Ames, Dean Haspiel

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Title:The alcoholic
Authors:Jonathan Ames
Other authors:Dean Haspiel
Info:New York : Vertigo, c2008.
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames

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    KafkaMaze: Similar in terms of narration and topical humor. While there's a world of difference between Welsh and Ames, their subject matter bridges well.

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Painful but real. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Once I began it became impossible to put this book down. The illustrations complemented the story beautifully. The light and dark tones of Jonathan A's story were reflected in the simple black and white drawings. I also appreciated how not distracting the illustrations were. The story was the focal point...as it should be. ( )
  diovival | Oct 14, 2013 |
My inclination is to compare The Alcoholic to Alison Bechdel's Fun Home simply because they are both (presumably) auto-biographical, highly personal, and oddly (and darkly) comic. But that's not really fair to The Alcoholic. Fun Home being a far superior effort, The Alcoholic pales by comparison. Standing on its own, The Alcoholic is a fine example of the graphic novel used as personal memoir medium. Although, I don't know exactly how much of this is autobiographical. Ames tends to throw himself into his work as the main character and we, the readers, are left wondering how much is true and how much is fiction. (Ames doesn't give many clues.) So much of this is painfully personal that I have to believe some of it is true. And that's what made this a great story. Told non-linearly and crafted in exquisite black-and-white drawings by Dean Haspiel, this coming-of-age-and-beyond tale of substance abuse, sexual confusion/discovery, pain and loss runs the gamut from travels abroad, lovers gained and lost, personal successes and tragedies, and even the devastating effects of 9/11. Oh, not to mention an elderly great aunt who probably loves him too much. Not a heart-warming tale by any stretch, but touching to the point where I felt like I'd taken a journey with this guy. All in all, an easy and short read, well worth the hour it will take, and well worth the $15 you'll likely pay for it (since you, like me, will probably reach for it again some day and retrace the steps of Jonathan A's journey). ( )
  invisiblelizard | Apr 23, 2012 |
I'm sure this semi-autobiography won't be liked by many people. Its content was too personal, its humor was too light and ironic, and its sadness was too deep. Those are the reasons I like this book a lot. The author is so honest that you can feel his struggling and pain. The hero in this book, Jonathan A., had a very sensitive personality and was always thirsty for love/relationship in his life. But the way he tried to hold those relationship was a little clumsy in my eyes. Life is sometimes funny but mostly ruthless for him. These kind of people tend to addict to something to escape from their unhappiness. Unfortunately, Jonathan addicted to alcohol and became a alcoholic. Overall, I really like this book. I can feel his feeling which reminds me how tough our life could be. But in the end, it's himself to choose his own life. ( )
  flyear | Jun 18, 2011 |
The journey of a confused teenager and his transformation and trials to become a 40 something raving alcoholic writer who finally faces his demons.

I actually think that I'm a very poor person to accurately review this book as I finished it initially thinking it was a flippant use of paper and a waste of a good afternoon. It struck me later on that this is really the tale of a crippling disease and if you've never been in contact with that disease (like me) then it really does seem like a wasted life full of excuses.

Reflecting further today, it seems to keep rising in my estimation as I ponder the sheer hell of alcohol addiction. It's very vague as to how much, if any, of the story is based on the author's real life but it is one of those books that follows you around for a few days, just in case you were planning to move on too soon. ( )
  KiwiNyx | Jan 24, 2011 |
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This story delves into sexual confusion, obsession, addiction of all kinds and the inevitable effects of guilt. Ames frames his narrative in hilarious anecdotes.
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Jonathan A. is a boozed-up, coked-out, sexually confused, hopelessly romantic and, of course, entirely fictional novelist who bears only a coincidental resemblance to real-life writer Jonathan Ames, critically acclaimed author of Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man and What's Not to Love? For the fictional Jonathan, writing and drinking come easy. The hard parts of life are love and hope. From a touching relationship between Jonathan and his aging great aunt, to an inebriated evening with an amorous, octogenarian dwarf, to the devastating aftermath of 9/11, Ames's first original graphic novel, with gritty, poignant art by Dean Haspiel (THE QUITTER), tells a story at once hilarious, excruciating, bizarre and universal, about how our lives fall to pieces and the enduring human struggle to put things back together again.… (more)

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