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Aha, a good thick book for my "reading my own height". It's a graphic novel, so it obviously didn't take me as long to read, but it was still quite an undertaking. My Jewish friend lent me it, saying it was one of the books that had changed his life by coming just when he needed it. I don't think I needed it, and in any case, it hasn't made that great an impression on me, but it's nice.

The art is quite cute and lively. Some of the pages seem a bit cluttered with it, actually, with all the shading and detail, but it's generally quite nice and clear. It certainly isn't a barrier to reading the text, which is always kept clear. The lettering is distinct enough.

The tone of the story is contemplative. There's not much to it, really. Stories of growing up in a very Christian home, a story of first love. It's semi-autobiographical, I believe, possibly completely autobiographical. A lot of the little anecdotes about siblings made me smile -- particularly the ones where the bed was a boat. My sister and me did something very similar. It's realistic and sweetly nostalgic. The love story is the same -- so typical of a first love. Reminds me of some of my friends, with the long-distance element.

The ending seems a little abrupt -- all of a sudden, the main character changes his faith -- but the transition of his faith is a nice touch and the story is rounded off neatly enough.

Not life-changing, for me, and not the kind of book I couldn't put down, but it's touching and interesting. It's not the kind of graphic novel in which lots of things happen and cities get stomped down, it's more of an emotional journey.

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Date: 2009-07-11 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-1337.livejournal.com
Blankets was one of the first graphic novels I ever read and I was completely charmed by it. While it didn't change my life per se it did come at a time when I was making a similar journey so the impact was much greater than it normally would have been.

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Date: 2009-07-11 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wilderthan.livejournal.com
I think it helps when you read something at the right time.


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