Jar of Fools: A Picture Story

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Faber & Faber, 2008 - Bereavement - 142 pages
Haunted by a failed romance and the death of his escape-artist brother, Ernie Weiss is a washed-up stage magician whose remaining hope lies in his ageing mentor, Al Fosso. But Al is slipping further into senility with each passing day. Meanwhile, Esther O'Dea, Ernie's ex-love, struggles to find peace in her own life, and then a con-man named Nathan Lender sets some mysterious plans in motion that will affect the futures of them all. Fascinating and tragicomic, Jar of Fools is a classic of its genre.

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User Review  - bookwormteri - LibraryThing

Just beautiful and heartbreaking. The story of a man at loose ends, a man and his daughter drifting, an old magician escaping from the end of his life, a woman who desperately needs to start over, and how they come together. Read full review

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User Review  - sorell - LibraryThing

Jar of Fools by Jason Lutes tells the story of a magician and his mentor. Ernest, a magician in his 20s or 30s is out of a job and down on his luck when his old mentor, Al, arrives on his doorstep. Al ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967. He worked at Fantagraphics Books in Seattle before publishing his first graphic novel, Jar of Fools. His current project Berlin: City of Stones, about the city and its people between the wars, is currently being published in serial form before being collected into a single edition book.

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