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From Hell (original 1989; edition 2000)

by Alan Moore

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Title:From Hell
Authors:Alan Moore
Info:Knockabout (2000), Paperback, 572 pages
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From Hell by Alan Moore (1989)

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Having seen the movie, I had certain plot expectations of this graphic novel. Should have known, however, that Alan Moore would not be fully adaptable to the big screen.

This massive, 500 page graphic novel is nothing like one unfamiliar with Moore could fathom. I would not recommend this as a "first read" of Moore's graphic novels. From Hell is darker, bloodier, and more demented than his critically acclaimed, Watchmen, which would probably be better for getting one's feet wet with Moore.

Because it is a graphic novel, pictures are used in conjunction with words, which for a book about the brutal turn of the century killings of Jack the Ripper, well, it can be a bit shocking.

I think one of hte more interesting aspects of this well-researched drama is in the Appendix at the back, which describes the fame, if you will, of Jack the Ripper. It includes a chronology of different theories and writers on the subject with a chilling conclusion: it doesn't matter who the killer is because, afterall, it won't change the murders. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Having seen the movie, I had certain plot expectations of this graphic novel. Should have known, however, that Alan Moore would not be fully adaptable to the big screen.

This massive, 500 page graphic novel is nothing like one unfamiliar with Moore could fathom. I would not recommend this as a "first read" of Moore's graphic novels. From Hell is darker, bloodier, and more demented than his critically acclaimed, Watchmen, which would probably be better for getting one's feet wet with Moore.

Because it is a graphic novel, pictures are used in conjunction with words, which for a book about the brutal turn of the century killings of Jack the Ripper, well, it can be a bit shocking.

I think one of hte more interesting aspects of this well-researched drama is in the Appendix at the back, which describes the fame, if you will, of Jack the Ripper. It includes a chronology of different theories and writers on the subject with a chilling conclusion: it doesn't matter who the killer is because, afterall, it won't change the murders. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Saw the movie with Johnny Depp many years ago. It was a well-made movie but I did not like the subject matter. I can
appreciate the brilliance of the author without liking the actual work.
  ClosetWryter | Mar 3, 2014 |
What is there to say about this piece of work? It's trash, simply put. I know, I know, the majority thinks it's fabulous. Hell, it was even made into a movie! But I had to force myself through it. And then through all the absurd amounts of text that came after it was finished. The huge rambling speeches about history that had nothing to do with anything, the rampant misogyny and rape that filled the pages, I just... no, this sealed the deal for me, I desire nothing further to do with Alan Moore. ( )
  PolymathicMonkey | Nov 1, 2013 |
The story of Jack the Ripper (and all the conspiracy and speculation surrounding it) is fascinating. I read the appendix along with the graphic novel itself (I'd read a few pages, then flip to the back). It was not a very effecient way to read, but the clarification of what was pure fiction, what was commonly acknowledged fact, and what was rumor based on rumor based on a snippet of truth, was almost more interesting than the main story itself. Of course the latter couldn't exist without the former. ( )
  CassieLM | Apr 2, 2013 |
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It’s a disturbing, haunting book, and an astounding achievement.
 
It's an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century. This awful moment in the 1880s was, in Moore's view, the beginning of tabloid journalism, the end of empire, and, of course, the emergence of the first famous serial killer.
 
As ambitious and affecting as anything ever rendered in pictures and word balloons, "From Hell" combines an intricate mystery, insightful social criticism and unflinching brutality capable of unnerving the most desensitized pop audience.
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Campbell, EddieIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Au-top-sy (ô-top'se) n. 1. Dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death.

2. An eyewitness observation. 3. Any critical analysis.
[from Greek autos, self opis, sight: the act of seeing with one's own eyes]

COLLINS ENGLISH DICTIONARY
One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.

CHARLES FORT, LO!
Everything must be considered with its context, words, or facts.

SIR WILLIAM WITHEY GULL, NOTES & APHROISMS
"[Sickert's red handkerchief] was an important factor in the process of creating his picture, a lifeline to guide the train of thought, as necessary as the napkin which Mozart used to fold into points which met each other when he too was composing.

MARJORIE LILLY

author of SICKERT, THE PAINTER AND HIS CIRCLE
"She says he knew who Jack the Ripper was."

VIOLET OVERTON FULLER,

referring to artist Florence Pash, friend and confidant of Walter Sickert, as quoted to SICKERT & THE RIPPER CRIMES by Jean Overton Fuller
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This book is dedicated to Polly Nicholls, Annie Chapman, Liz Stride, Kate Eddowes, and Marie Jeannette Kelly. You and your demise: of these things alone are we certain. Goodnight, ladies.
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Bournemouth, September 1923.

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London, July 1884.

There, two pennorth on the nail.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0958578346, Paperback)

The mad, shaggy genius of the comics world dips deeply into the well of history and pulls up a cup filled with blood in From Hell. Alan Moore did a couple of Ph.D.'s worth of research into the Whitechapel murders for this copiously annotated collection of the independently published series. The web of facts, opinion, hearsay, and imaginative invention draws the reader in from the first page. Eddie Campbell's scratchy ink drawings evoke a dark and dirty Victorian London and help to humanize characters that have been caricatured into obscurity for decades. Moore, having decided that the evidence best fits the theory of a Masonic conspiracy to cover up a scandal involving Victoria's grandson, goes to work telling the story with relish from the point of view of the victims, the chief inspector, and the killer--the Queen's physician. His characterization is just as vibrant as Campbell's; even the minor characters feel fully real. Looking more deeply than most, the author finds in the "great work" of the Ripper a ritual magic working intended to give birth to the 20th century in all its horrid glory. Maps, characters, and settings are all as accurate as possible, and while the reader might not ultimately agree with Moore and Campbell's thesis, From Hell is still a great work of literature. --Rob Lightner

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:37 -0400)

Originally issued in serial form in Taboo, an anthology comic book published by SpiderBaby Press.

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Knockabout Comics

Two editions of this book were published by Knockabout Comics.

Editions: 0861661419, 0861661567

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