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Pilules bleues

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,216 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Avec beaucoup de tendresse, le narrateur raconte sa rencontre et son histoire d'amour avec une jeune fille. Elle et son petit garçon de cinq ans sont séropositifs. Chaque jour, l'enfant doit avaler de minuscules pilules bleues pour lutter contre la maladie. Sans complaisance ni apitoiement, Frederik Peeters relate leur vie quotidienne à tous les trois, avec ses moments de ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 5th 2001 by Atrabile (first published 2001)
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Fantastic autobiographical comic about author Frederik Peeters and his relationship with his HIV positive girlfriend and her son. Very moving, intense, and an over-all wonderful comic about the lengths one will endure for love. The graphics were neat and Craig Thompson-esque. I especially loved the mammoth near the end.

"when i look backward, i have the impression of happiness, and of a diffuse and permanent pleasure. but i know that it's because of movement, of the close connection between heavy
Jan 29, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Julian
Shelves: comics
An autobiographical comic about a young man who learns his girlfriend and her young son are HIV+. The relationships (between Fred and his gf, his friends, and especially the little boy) are sweet and feel true, and the art is really good. His ink is fluid but nevertheless conveys a great deal of information. That said, the language often feels clunky and overwrought. The artist has a long conversation with a mastadon about his confused feelings about science. He overuses ellipses. There's a lot ...more
Miguel Jiménez
Un libro que me llegó a entretener y conmover como pocos —en un momento me di cuenta que solo daba vuelta y vuelta a las páginas—.

Es una historia de amor, de familia, de la vida y de lo que significa y es el ser humano si hacemos a un lado la maldad y todas esas absurdidades —que te pueden hacer "sentir bien" en un instante pero después desaparece y te das cuenta que estás vacío—. Te va ganando con trama, quizá, no diferente pero sí especial gracias a sus dos protagonistas tan humanos: considera
Feb 07, 2008 k.wing rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sociology bums whose libraries consist of comics and graphic novels.
This graphic novel was very eye-opening. The book/memoir deals with a condition that I have not been remotely exposed to, and feel unfortunate for not having been well educated on those with this condition. Blue Pills helps separate people with HIV/AIDS from their condition. It is so easy to empathize with the feeling that (because an illness is so dangerous and consuming) you have become your illness, and you are just as dangerous and destructive. This book beautifully illustrates the human wit ...more
Ruth Macario
Quién me ha visto y quién me ve: yo, leyendo novelas gráficas que amándolas a pesar de lo realistas que son. El club de lectura me está cambiado y me guuuusta. Tanto como me ha gustado este libro. Por desgracia, se me hacen extremadamente cortos y rápidos. O rápidos y cortos. Jo, podrían durar mucho más y seguiría leyendo.
Este en cuestión es una visión de la enfermedad del VIH diferente a la que nos dan, tan catastrófica y horrible.
Kristen Fiore
Blue Pills was an escape from my busy life to a life where someone is suffering from HIV. The story was about a man and his girlfriend who live together, but the woman has HIV. She takes pills that are blue to help her disease. They have a child together, and the child is HIV positive. Throughout the novel, the man explains the everyday troubles they go through because of her HIV. I felt bad for the child when he was little, because he had to take medicine that wasn’t pleasant. He didn’t underst ...more
As mentioned several times before, the graphic novel is not my genre. However, it was very nice to have a book group book I finished in about three days (rather than three weeks) and which explored an interesting topic. Because the Kenton Book Group is made up primarily of people who don't read graphic novels, we had quite a lively discussion, where I found myself championing the genre. There's some really great "early relationship" stuff in here and though the woman in the group who identifies ...more
Chema Mínguez
Píldoras azules es un itinerario emocional, es música sutil de cámara que transforma el yo del lector en mariposa. Es nadar a braza a favor del cauce de un río, es acercarse al Mar.

Es "apreciar a tiempo las cosas que tienen un final".
Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters' autobiographical novel Blue Pills details the story of his relationship with partner Cati and her young son. They're every bit the normal family apart from one thing; Cati and her boy are HIV positive. Peeters approaches a difficult and sensitive subject with compassion and humour. His artwork is playful and the drawings are cute. The book is full of sentimental moments that aren't sickeningly mushy, such as Peeters and Cati at the hospital with the littl ...more
Avie Stokes
Stumbling upon this gorgeous French graphic novel while browsing in the library was such a gift. It is a beautifully ink illustrated short story the evolution of a relationship between a young comic book artist and a woman he just keeps running into...but she gets married, they go their separate ways, until many years later they happen to end up living in the same apartment building and see each other across the room at her flatmate's party.

It looks like the beginning of a classic wild and caref
I usually don't like (auto)biographies, because it tends to focus on the trivial, and loses touch with the bigger picture. That's why a lot of graphic novels - that often use a first person narration - don't seem to be my cup of tea. And yet, I tremendously love graphic novels - even the seemingly most personal ones. Because, as I read them, they surpass the anecdotal and try to tell something bigger through the eyes of just one person.

At least, the good graphic novels do. The "bad" ones - at le
L'histoire est touchante et intéressante à lire, mais je n'ai pas vraiment réussi à embarquer dans cette autofiction. J'ai eu de la difficulté avec les dessins, à la fois précis et grossiers. Les yeux disproportionnellement gros de Cati la faisaient ressembler à une extraterrestre. En plus, la promenade en mammouth m'a paru superflue, remplie de moralisations faciles et généralistes qui m'ont semblé mal à propos dans une histoire par ailleurs simple et réaliste.
Andrea Marley
An HIV positive love story that seems like an honest portrayal.. The liner notes mention this is Peeters first book translated into English. ahhhhhhhh thats's French. Much of the dialogue has a sort of difficult flow, very bumpy.
I still don't understand why after knowing this man for so long and having so many boring and snobbish encounters with him, she decides to sort of commit her and her sons life to him? Is it the disease?
If I could give this 3.5 stars I would. I thought the romance between the main characters was sweet and kind, and I loved the Swedish doctor character. I'm not sure if something was lost in the translation, but a lot of the language seems pretty overwrought, and the mammoth bit had me sighing out loud. Still, I would recommend it to anybody who's a fan of the graphic novel memoir.
D.S. West
Though too short to really immerse me, I was touched. How could I not be, when Fred draws Cati's eyes so lovingly? I was taking pictures of individual frames on the bus. You can see he loves her--he makes sure to get the eyes right. Every time. The love radiates off the page at times; I was attracted to her. The character. A two-dimensional, black and white tribute/facsimile, and I had thoughts flicker through the sensorium like passing headlights. Kiss this woman.

Sometimes you need to read a go
Basma Amin
(3.5) I want to be one of those people who gives elaborate reviews.. but sadly I'm not. I can't write what's exactly in my head. Nevertheless, this was cute, and I loved the drawing style. I want to read more graphic novels by him.
Tierno, duro, romántico, triste, esperanzador... Son muchos los adjetivos que me vienen a la cabeza para describir este cómic que he devorado de una sentada. Muy recomendable.
Summary: From one of Europe's most acclaimed young comics artists, a deeply personal story that will resonate with all of us who have chosen to love in the face of great challenges One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positiv ...more
John Brookes
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I looked for this title because it was mentioned in French Milk by Lucy Knisley. At the time, she bought it in the original language. This really is lovely. The translation is a little bit rough (I was kinda excited to be able to identify that as the problem), but the illustration is just gorgeous. Very Craig Thompson with a different philosophical approach. These are slices of musing by the author about his relationship with an H.I.V. positive woman with an H.I.V. positive child. There is a bit ...more
For the first time I read this novel, when I was in highschool. I browsed the comics department in library of French Institute and picked this one, because I liked first few drawings.
They're black and white, simple but with attention for details. I love that Peeters use so many diffrent shots: long, close-ups, headshots, bird's-eye, sometimes from the point of view of diffrent characters.
Then I fall in love with this story. First time I read it in French, orginal language of this piece, but for
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Cheryl Klein
The other two graphic memoirs about illness that I read recently (apparently it's a genre, and one I'm into) had excellent writing and bad to cute-but-crude illustrations. This one is kind of the reverse. The story--about a man who falls in love with an HIV+ woman and her son, who also has the virus--is fragmented in a way that is perhaps intentional but not always effective. The text can be wordy, drifty and full of ellipses (although what is a dormant virus but the ultimate ellipsis?). Some of ...more
Sam Quixote
Frederik Peeters tells the story of his relationship with his wife Cati and her 3 year old son, both of whom are HIV positive. He meets Cati years after meeting her for the first time to find that since their last meeting she has had a child, been divorced, and contracted AIDS. This doesn't stop him from being with her but we learn of the obstacles that come with it. The cautious beginnings of their physical love, the vigilance of maintaining a normal life for the child despite a regime of pills ...more
Compré este cómic por recomendación de varias fuentes en una misma semana y como no pude hacerme con nada de lo que fui a buscar a la comiqueria (me gusta la palabra argentina para no decir “tienda de cómics”) habitual, me acabé fiando de las recomendaciones. Es un cómic de 2001 pero que ya ha sido reeditado varias veces, nominado a varios premios y que quien lo lee, recomienda encarecidamente por su sensibilidad y capacidad para generar emociones que atrapan al lector.

El tomo es autobiográfico
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Apr 16, 2008 MAMA CIERRA rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to MAMA CIERRA by: I find alot of graphic novels on my own
what I percived from this book is that Love is truly deep, and to love someone regaurdless of the situation or condition there in, is real love. In the Graphic Novel Blue pills, I was carried through intense illistrations and breath taking dialague. I loved Blue Pills, It really made me think about life, and love, and how we take it for granted. People theise days in my oppinion dont love any more, the think they love, but they dont truly know it. I feel as if blue pills sent across a few amazin ...more
Andy Shuping
"Blue Pills" is not your average memoir and neither are the people that you meet in it. It's a powerful, moving, heartwarming, and heartbreaking story all at the same time. You see Frederik Peeters is dating Cati a woman with a young son...and both Cati and her son are HIV positive. The story falters in some places, only because it's been translated into English and some words/phrases don't adapt well. But it's a minor point. Frederik tells their story of life together, of falling in love, of ca ...more
Good stuff. I’m surprised Drawn & Quarterly didn’t snap this one up a few years ago when it was published in French. It’s the author’s memoir of falling in love with his girlfriend, who is HIV+. Words are used pretty minimally, which made me think about how the images in a graphic work can feel sort of open to interpretation, leaving you room to find your own connections. Peeters’s brushwork reminds me of Craig Thompson’s in that it’s so fluid, but it’s also rougher and, I think, more expres ...more
Erik Erickson
A sweet love story with a unique view into something I knew nothing about - living with HIV. Peeters easily avoids what could've been a cliché treatment of such a sensitive subject by keeping everything personal. This also makes things light for the reader while allowing for moments of deep meaning and soulful insight.

Coming off of Sandcastle, one of my favorite comics of last year (although I only read a couple), I thought I would like the art more (Peeter's only supplied the visuals in that)
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Frédérik Peeters (born 13 August 1974, in Geneva) is a contemporary Swiss graphic novelist. He received his bachelor of arts degree in visual communication from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués in Geneva in 1995. Peeters currently lives with his partner Cati, her son, and their daughter in Geneva.

His autobiographical graphic novel Blue Pills received the Polish Jury Prize at the Angoulême Int
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