Goliath

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, Feb 28, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 96 pages
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A master of stripped-down, powerful storytelling reworks the David-and-Goliath myth

"Gauld's Goliath is a master class in reduction...a celebration of the Christian underdog becomes a subtle meditation on the power of spin and the absurdity of war."–The Times of London Goliath of Gath isn’t much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: “Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants.” Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings.

This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath’s side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath’s life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld’s drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath’s battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures. Goliath displays a sensitive wit, a bold line, and a traditional narrative reworked, remade, and revolutionized.

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

The strength here is in the simplicity- clean illustrations, spare text, earthy color palette. We're left to follow Goliath as he waits out his orders, and then it's over. The way war does seem to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

Well that was sad, but enjoyable. The David & Goliath myth from Goliath's point of view. Simple but effective two toned illustrations in a cross hatch style./ Read full review

About the author (2012)

Tom Gauld lives in London. His comics frequently appear in The Guardian, and his illustrations have appeared in The New York Times. He has designed a number of book covers.

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