Blood song: a silent ballad

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Harcourt, Nov 1, 2002 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 304 pages
26 Reviews
From American Book Award winner Eric Drooker, this is a story for the ages, beginning with the agrarian past, through the industrial present, and into the technological future.
A young woman bravely escapes a military assault on her island village, journeying across the ocean to arrive, unknowingly, in the Big City. There she meets and falls in love with a saxophone player, who makes heartfelt music. The police find and silence him, confiscating his saxophone and warning him not to make music again as it's strictly forbidden in the Big City. When the street musician continues to make music with his voice the police soon find and imprison him, making the future uncertain for the talented performer and the brave woman who loves him.
Blood Song transcends the boundaries of conventional novels--a wordless tale written in the ancient language of pictures.

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Really beautiful illustrations, love the dog. - Goodreads
Amazing, told in just pictures. - Goodreads
Very effective storytelling. - Goodreads
The artwork is so simple, but conveys so much. - Goodreads
The ending was some what unexpected, so that was nice. - Goodreads

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User Review  - John Hornbrook - Goodreads

Another graphic novel but this time its completely composed of graphics. There is not a single word in the entire book which is a refreshing change but it causes me to flip through the pages too often ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paula Mckinley - Goodreads

Images are strong and crisp. The coloring is very symbolic, it's a cyclical story of birth, life and death. I wish that there was more to the story and it went more in depth. Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Eric Drooker's paintings are seen on covers of the New Yorker, the Progressive, the Village Voice, and numerous other magazines. He is a graduate of Cooper Union and the author of the American Book Award-winning Flood! : A Novel in Pictures, Illuminated Poems (with Allen Ginsberg), and Street Posters & Ballads. A third-generation New Yorker, he currently resides in Berkeley, California.

Joe Sacco, winner of the American Book Award, is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the author of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde.