A master of striped-down, powerful storytelling reworks the David-and-Goliath myth
Goliath of Gath isn’t much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: “Choose a
singled out because of his massive size, forced to wear ceremonial armor that crumbles around him and stand in the same place day after day, quoting the same prepared script after sleeping exposed to the elements all night, just to intimidate the enemy, and prevent them from attacking.
he's just a big sweet guy who took a promotion he didn't really want that turned out to be a pretty boring job.
some punk kid comes on the scene.
and you know what happens next.
We are soldiers you know.
Ok. Next time I'll kill somebody.
I got lost in Goliath's giant figure slumped against nondescript rock formations. Peaceful in their in the middle of nowhere nondescriptness. Day, night, almost day, almost night and behind your back. His face hidden under a beard I didn't attach my feelings to puzzlement. A longing to sit at a desk and do admin work. Goliath was good at admin work. Days behind your back. I imagine days would be better if the day before was cer...more
Gauld's artwork is elegant as ever, with not a line wasted and everything sitting in its right place on the page. It just looks *beautiful*. The writing is spa...more
Tom Gauld shows a different side to the famous David and Goliath story with Goliath portrayed as not the giant he was purported to be but an overly tall chap near 7 feet tall, who prefers working quietly at his de...more
A sad and lovely telling of the David and Goliath story. And now I have to go sit in a corner and feel terrible for Goliath.
**A day later and it continues to (this sounds melodramatic, but I'm going to use the word anyway) haunt me. In my world, that is a pretty sure indication that a book deserves five stars.**
Like Pedro, I read this not so much because I was planning to agree with everything it was going to say, but because it's beautiful.
So, it turns out that Goliath was actually The BFG. But even in this narrative, I found it hard to disparage David. Goliath had been taunting them for weeks, even if he didn't want to. And he was terrorizing a nation.
If there was ever a time to disobey orders, right?
I don't know that I thought looking at Goliath's side of the story was particularly unique, but Gauld tells the story very well. It's always nice to be reminded of the many sides to every story, and that when we only hear one, we are closing ourselves off to many truths and to our own empathy. The art is wonderful; the dialogue is beautifully spare and poignant.
Does it make sense that I think if this story had been meant for younger readers, I would have rated it higher? I think its me...more
For such a short book, Tom Gauld paints a story that will give you pause for a short time and consider other stories that you've read and whether or not their ending is different than what's been relayed. We often here that history is written by the winner and in no place is that more evident that David vs. Goliath. David is painted as a hero and Goliath as a villain seeking to do evil. But what do we really know about Goliath? And that's the story that Tom explores in this book. I w...more
"Goliath, what are you doing tomorrow?"
"I've got admin. Do you want to swap?"
For although he's a giant, he's the fifth-worst swordsman in his platoon, and he prefers paperwork. He even feels sorry for the wild animals who are captured to fight for the army's ent...more
In his retelling of David and Goliath, Gauld paints Goliath as an unwitting participant in the battle with David. In doing so, it led to some humorous parts that made me laugh out loud. My son was upset at the book because it leaves you feeling sad for Goliath and essentially paints David as the villain. On the upside of this retelling, it gave our family a chance to talk about the perspective of history telling - the Philistines would certainly have felt...more
Some of the most memorable works of literature depend on a shift of perspective for a well-known tale. Composed centuries apart, Homer’s ILIAD and Virgil’s AENEID tell the story of the Trojan War from, respectively, the Greek and the Trojan sides. Milton flirted with heresy in daring to offer Lucifer’s view of the angelic rebellion and the Fall of Man. And John Gardner’s GRENDEL, perhaps the great Am...more
Goliath by Tom Gauld [Review]But do we know him, really? Tom Gauld’s wonderful graphic novel switches the tale around a little. The Goliath here is the underdog, a slightly bewildered, gentle giant of a man, far happier getting on with the administrative work a large army creates, than doing any fighting…
Then the poor bloke suddenly fin...more
5 out 5
In this spare, moving graphic novel, Tom Gauld approaches the familiar tale of David and Goliath from an unfamiliar point of view: Goliath’s. Playing with the idea that we only know the victor’s side of history, Gauld creates a deeply human Goliath who is sweet, quiet, and unassuming. Goliath just happens to be quite a bit bigger than the average soldier. He’s not a monster, a warrior, or even an expert fighter. He’s the “fifth...more
The storytelling is straightforward, unromantic and rather quiet. We spend long moments waiting with Golaith to see what, if anything, will come of his provocations of the Israelites. Gauld conjures metaphors of the boredom of military life, the dehumanizing effect of bureaucratic reasoni...more