Blankets: an illustrated novel
At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. The New Printing corrects 3 small typos, widening the spine graphics, but otherwise is identical to the first printing.
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I am now officially sold on graphic novels as a medium. There is something distinctly involving about this form of book that I don't find in either film or the purely written form. I like the efficient means with which Blankets is able to tell a very personal and heartfelt story, but I also particularly enjoy the flexibility of being able to imagine the characters within the story (as opposed to watching an actor's impersonation). From my little experience, I have found a much deeper connection with the characters because of this.
This was probably one of the most intoxicating reads of my life. It's an achingly beautiful portrayal of young love and of innocence lost. It was also a spot on account of a man finally breaking away from the faith of his childhood (without dwelling on the typical angst that goes along with such subject matter).
The high point of Blankets is in the subtle romance that seems to be so effortlessly captured. I can't imagine anyone reading this book and not falling in love with Raina, which makes it that much easier to relate so purely to Craig's feelings for her, and for the temporary completion that she brings his life.
I just finished this book about an hour ago and it already feels like some strange memory or like some wonderful dream that is bound to stay with me for years to come.
Review: BlanketsUser Review - Goodreads
This beautiful graphic novel is a coming of age story about first love and first heartbreak. Check out the EGSC Library's copy. Read full review