REVIEW: #65 Blankets by Craig Thompson
Author: Craig Thompson
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com)
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 first time I saw this book, I was in a little Japanese-style novelty shop in Winter Park Village. (The shop, unfortunately, is no longer there!) I was interested to see a graphic novel that was as huge as it was and so unlike anything I had seen before. I did not purchase it then, but it had stayed in my mind since then.
After a discussion on Twitter, I decided to go ahead and make the purchase (once and for all) and I very much anticipated its arrival. Yesterday evening, I told my husband I wanted to read “a little”. He went to bed and I sat up until about 11:30 finishing off this tale by Craig Thompson. Yes, I read the entire book in one sitting.
Although graphic novels of great thickness can appear overwhelming — they are often pretty quick reads. This one took me maybe two hours to read.
Walking away from it – I felt a sense of sadness for Craig Thompson; both sadness and admiration. In this graphic memoir, he is very candid on his experiences during childhood and his feelings. You cannot help but read and sympathize with this person you’ve never met — but knowing he is indeed very real.
Blankets is a must read — plain and simple. If you are in the position where you need to read a memoir for whatever reason, but shiver at the fact that it’s not anything that you WANT to do .. pick up Blankets. It’s a tale that is anything but boring — and will keep you captivated until the very end.
I sure hope that Craig Thompson will write a sequel to this memoir, Blankets — as he has aged quite a bit since his childhood and young teenager-self. It would be nice to know what happened next, and what events took place that helped shape him into the successful graphic novelist he is today.