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LUCILLE es un vivo retrato de uno de los problemas clave entre la juventud actual: la anorexia y el autorechazo. De la mano de un joven Debeurme, consolidado ya como una de las grandes promesas de la “nouvelle B.D.” francesa, esta cautivadora novela gráfica nos acerca a la vida de una adolescente cuyo mencionado problema y una baja autoestima dificultan su relación con los...more
Published (first published June 13th 2006)
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Raina
Lucille is an anorexic French girl living an isolated life.
Arthur is the son of a drunken Polish fisherman who likes to psych out his classmates with stories about Satan.

Our story starts kind of slowly (although with 544 pages to work with, you might as well take your time), but once the connections get made, things just GO. It broke my heart to watch these two damaged kids try to come of age during so much trauma. In some ways I wish it was YA-safe, as I know many teens would connect. But I'd n...more
Kirsten
Mixed feelings about this one. I really liked the artwork, and I found portions of the plot captivating. However, I'm not sure how I felt about it as a whole.

Lucille is a teenage girl with anorexia. She is not doing too much to survive (she gains weight in the hospital, then takes it off again as soon as she is unsupervised) until she meets a teenage boy named Arthur. Arthur has his own problems: his relationship with his alcoholic father is very troubled. Arthur resorts to obsessive-compulsive...more
Andy Shuping
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Lucille is a young, awkward teenage girl in high school who is not quite sure of herself. She just wants to be normal like everyone else and her one childhood doll. But alas, Lucille thinks she's ugly and is slowly dying from anorexia. She wants to become so thin she doesn't even exist anymore. And into the picture enters Arthur (also known as Vladimir), whose plagued by OCD, convinces others to worship Satan, and whose father is a drunk fisherman who ends up killing him...more
Christopher
A beautiful, minimalistic graphic novel. It tells the story of two troubled teens: an anorexic young woman and an abused young man, who find their salvation (or tragedy?) in each other.
Federiken Masters
May 02, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescentes
Recommended to Federiken by: Que estaba a mano
Durante quinientas y pico de páginas el autor nos narra la conmovedora historia de Lucille, una chica con anorexia, y cómo va pasando del autorrechazo a la aceptación en parte gracias al autodescubrimiento de si misma que logra a través del amoramor. El dibujo no es muy rico en detalles que digamos pero cumple su función narrativa más que bien. Particularmente agradable es la metamorfosis de Lucille, que pasa de ser un bicho feo a una chica bonita, que supongo será un recurso del autor para most...more
Dani Peloquin
I picked up this book recently because many of the reviews I read compared it to "Blankets". While I didn't adore "Blankets", it had a certain appeal to me that I still haven't been able to put my finger on. I thought that maybe this book would have that same appeal. Unfortunately, I felt that it had all of the negative aspects of "Blankets" and none of the positives. I know I shouldn't compare it to another work, but even on its own I found it lacking.

The graphic novel follows Lucille who is a...more
Rick
Jul 16, 2011 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
The English language debut of the lauded French cartoonist Debeurme, Lucille chronicles the parallel lives of troubled teens Lucille and Arthur. Both living with dysfunctional families, the former suffers from anorexia. The latter, a burgeoning schizophrenic, struggles with the legacy of an alcoholic, prideful father. Debeurme's simplistic and elegant art slowly unveils these complex characters, deftly maneuvering them into a meeting. A powerful connection emerges as the duo travel across Europe...more
Vale
I personaggi sono linee che delimitano il bianco del foglio, mai vista prima tanta delicatezza, grazia e sofferenza per descrivere l'adolescenza. Una grande graphic novel.
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Teenager Lucille is having identity issues. The book starts off with her addressing her sexual needs and looking at her thin stalk-like body in vain. The boy she is interested in has jumped out of her research team to work with a girl he likes. She is worried that no one will like her, and her mother isn't too helpful when Lucille asks her about it, saying that Lucille's looks doesn't matter since she has brains. Lucille's identity issues soon escalate sending her into a spiraling abyss of anore...more
Penelope
This is one of those stories with a plot that seems completely natural, even serendipitous. Fateful encounters, poetic irony, it's all here, and it all works. Nothing seems forced, which is not an easy task in a story that involves such heavy topics as suicide, anorexia, and teenage runaways. Such a story could easily seem contrived, but "Lucille" succeeds in being a touching, beautiful love story. Both Lucille and Vladimir are fragile, flawed, and, unbeknownst to themselves, incredibly tough. T...more
angie
I was a bit skeptical about a graphic novel tackling the issues of anorexia nervosa and depression, but now I feel kind of bad about my initial doubts, especially since I'm pretty new to the world of graphic novels and didn't really have much room to judge ahead of time. If anything this type of medium lends the story Ludovic Debuerme has to tell a touching vulnerability and aching awareness of just how hard it is to be young and suffering from such debilitating diseases as anorexia and depressi...more
Katie
Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme is a supremely personal-feeling graphic novel that really tugs at your heart-strings. It follows two extremely screwed up teenagers and their lives up until they meet and then what happens after they meet.

It felt so personal, I'm wondering just how much of it is fiction. It felt like looking at someone's illustrated journal. It is so raw that the very simple drawings make you pay attention to the achingly painful story. Anorexia, suicide, attempted rape, this story r...more
skein
interesting, very interesting. very French.
am very mad that it's one of two, and only the first is translated to English. I WILL NEVER LEARN WHAT HAPPENS (unless i become fluent in French and track it down -- more likely that i will just never know.)

Fuck.
Rebecca Ann
Not sure I've ever read 500 pages so fast, lol. Something about the format and style of the illustrations appealed to me. I loved that it wasn't in traditional frames, and was completely linear, like sketches in someone's notebook. The drawings were peculiar and charming, despite the heavy subjects that come up in the story. An anorexic girl named Lucille meets a boy with OCD and depression whose father has killed himself. They run away together and get into some trouble. The characters were eas...more
Sarah
I picked up an english translation of this graphic novel this morning in a coffee shop and fell totally in love.

Its the story of two high school students both very damaged trying to find their own identities, they run away together. I found it all very relatable and emotional. It sort of deals with the conflict of being young, but also being damaged, of feeling old and dying when your own life hasn't even begun yet. They are able to escape their suffocating lives and find something new, but are...more
Hollowspine
A story of two lost souls. A girl, with a slight Electra complex develops severe body issues leading her down the path of anorexia. Meanwhile a boy deals with a dysfunctional family centered around his alcoholic father. The stress of his unpredictable environment leads him to develop coping measures such as counting his footsteps and heartbeats as well as developing other rituals to keep bad things from happening.

The two meet once in the hospital, then form a bond while the boy works for a pharm...more
Derek
I'm still working through my feelings about this graphic novel. There's a lot of deep topics here, from anorexia and depression to suicide and family struggles, but the whole thing feels like the first part of the story, and it lacks the closure I tend to like in my epic stories. It's definitely a book for adults, dealing openly with the character's growing sexuality and their individual struggles to define themselves and their relationship.

The art is done in a minimalist style, which works ver...more
Cari Cole
"Lucille." Lucille... lucille. So beautifully executed are the words and images presented in this graphic novel. I must have read it five times in one sitting, just to make sure I absorbed everything. I was left tearful and hungry for more of Debeurme's imagination. Every character reminded me of someone I have met at one time or another, every setting felt familiar, and every word spoken rang so true.
Before "Lucille," I was limiting myself to the world of superheroes and fantasy; I was hardly a...more
David Schaafsma
Terrific book, very sparely done, and the characters and their stories come together in such interesting ways. We come to care for the characters a great deal in all their damage and vulnerability and strength and humor. Not much humor, admittedly, as these are fragile, troubled teens. Complex and not easy to like, but ultimately very likeable, and their spare stories are served by the spare style. First in three books, Renee next, and I will be reading, for sure. I am mystified by low reviews a...more
Stephen Hines
What a fantastic, deceptively simple graphic novel about a girl with anorexia who falls in love with a boy with OCD! I couldn't put this down and finished it quite quickly. Now to find the sequel!
Stephen
A $30 softcover book with beginner doodles. Not professional cartooning, not fine art, not even great doodles...BEGINNER DOODLES...the kind someone makes when they first decide to start drawing. And you don't even get many of them! They're strewn casually here and there across way, way, way too many pages. A trained artist or professional illustrator, teamed up with a worth-a-damn editor and letterer would have told this same exact story, word for word, in 1/3 of the space. (We're talking about...more
Sarah
So good! There was one little plot point that bugged me, but this is a really gripping contemporary graphic novel. The minimalist art is surprising, but it works for the story.
Laurie
This story of love and tradegy is beautifully drawn. It also captures the emotions of 2 screwed up teens pretty well through images alone, and I enjoyed reading it. It's very quick read, and I would say that if you are interested in graphic novels it is worth checking out. I personally wasn't as invested in these characters as I have been in characters from other books (including graphic novels). They have serious issues, which should reflect that they have a lot of depth to their personalities,...more
Katie Elmore
The artwork is minimal, but for me that was not the issue here. The story was a bit cliche and left something to be desired. Not bad by any means, just everything I've already seen before.
Dustyloup
Ce livre frôle un sujet sensible, l'anorexie,et le traite avec douceur. On n'aime pas les personnages principaux mais avec une lecture lente, on prend le temps de digérer les images et les mots, on les comprendre.
Matt
Jul 10, 2011 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
This award-winning French graphic novel finally gets released in a beautiful English edition from Top Shelf. I enjoyed it for the most part, but was left emotionally underwhelmed by the characters. Debeurme employs a simple style similar to Chester Brown or John Porcellino that somehow fails to express the intense emotional travails of our young protagonists. Still, this a very promising new talent in the French comics scene, and let's hope we can get quicker translations of his material in the...more
Dosgallos
El placer de una historia conmovedora
Kricket
lucille is an anorexic teenager in france. she believes she is ugly. arthur is an OCD teen bully in france. his father is an alcoholic. somehow, they find each other and run away to italy together. a great deal of sad things happen.

this reminded me of "bottomless belly button" in that it is a giant brown graphic novel with unattractive characters and awkward situations. i didn't love it or not love it, just read it. if there's a volume 2 i'll probably read that too.
Sean Kottke
Behold the power of minimalism! The drawings are slight, almost primitive, but the story of two French teens leading marginal lives and finding solace together is beautiful, heartbreaking and transcendent. These could just as easily be American kids. Many stories here have been told before, but woven together with the subtlest of line drawings, they meld into a cohesive, utterly original saga. Can't wait for the next installment!
Amy
Dec 15, 2007 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in French/Spanish/eating disorders
If you're on the fence about graphic novels, you shouldn't be. I've been reading a lot of different comic novels and tragicomics lately, but one that still sticks out in my mind is Lucille which I read last May. Lucille is a French graphic novel that details a young woman's struggle with anorexia and body-image issues. I don't think it's out yet in English, but if you read French or Spanish, definitely hit this one up.
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