Alice in Sunderland: An Entertainment

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Jonathan Cape, 2007 - Graphic novels - 319 pages
Alice in Sunderland is a graphic novel like no other. Bryan Talbot takes the city of Sunderland and the story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (the 'real' Alice) as the spine of his story and around them spins a spectacularly diverse range of different stories. He explores Carroll's links with Sunderland and shows how the city inspired his masterpieces. He delves into the city's history, from the Venerable Bede to George Formby, from its heyday as the greatest shipbuilding port in the world to its present multicultural mix.Talbot's artwork is a spectacular mixture of different styles- black and white ink line and pencil drawing, watercolour, collage and digitally manipulated photographic artwork. His stories are told from the stage of the Sunderland Empire theatre, an Edwardian music hall, and the book is a genuine variety performance. In Alice in Sunderland he shows -triumphantly -how local history is national history in microcosm, how one story begets another. The result is a landmark book in the graphic field.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

One word: savor. Savor this book slowly. It's only 319 pages but let every page have it's moment in time. This is a beautiful piece of art, chock full of culture, biography, history, creative use of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kissyalicekali - LibraryThing

Absolutely wonderful reimagining of the author's home region of England. It was also Lewis Carroll's. The author uses the idea of the White Rabbit to guide the reader through that region, its history ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Bryan Talbot has been writing and drawing comics for twenty-eight years. His science fiction epic The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, begun in 1978, was the first British graphic novel. He followed it with Heart ofEmpireand The Tale of One Bad Rat, which has been published in nine countries. All three books have won many awards.

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