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A silent ode of a graphic novel about a whale as grandiose as the creature, with texts from famous works. Must be seen!
Paperback, 141 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing
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This might be a 5-star book, but I feel weird giving yet another comic 5 stars. Especially since I've been giving so many 5-star and 4-star ratings to comics, yet regular novels have been getting 3 and 4-stars from me, even books from amazing writers.

But I'm not sure what Leviathan is. I mean, it IS a comic, but it's an allegorical comic that is deeply elliptical. It's nearly wordless, punctuated with intertitle pages with quotes from Moby Dick and The Book of Job and The Rime of the Ancient Ma...more
this is a big comic book, hardly a "graphic novel" -- by anyone's standards. It's an essay, maybe, it has no words, except parenthetically, between the sections. And most of these are taken from Melville, and translated into three languages: German, French, Japanese. Harder has real ambition, to discuss the "whaleness " of whales, through all of history, in a simultaneous story. It's a bold plan, and just by attempting it, he achieves more than most comic artists ever will.
A "silent" comic. Beautifully illustrated. Passages of ancient writings making mention of 'Leviathan' are interspersed throughout the book.
Garrett Dunnington
The monster is a witness to every catastrophe; does nothing and yet propagates the war at the same time. This was a great book.
BEautifully done, and interestingly executed vis a vis without words, but I can't say i really "got it".
My, how this makes me long to finish Moby Dick some day!
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