Now the truth can finally be revealed about the mysterious day long ago when the authorities found a child, calmly walking in the boiling desert, covered with blood.
The girl is Roberta Rohbeson, and her rant...more
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This book is powerful, stunning in its emotional depth, redolent of the dark corners of youth, violent and scary. Definitely not chick lit. Lynda Barry is probably the most ...more
sad? yes. but she makes it so funny, too, in spite of all the acid-tripping, kidnapping ...more
"When we first moved here, the mother took the blue-mirror cross that hung over her bed in our old house and nailed a nail for it in the new bedroom of me and my sister. Truthfully it is a cross I have never liked. The Jesus of it seems haunted. ...more
"... bodies left in their wake."
"Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach."
And the ultimate deal sealer:
"There were paragraphs I had to skip over because the descriptions of slaughter and dead bodies were too graphic for me. In fact, my stomach jumps a little and I shiver just thinking about them. Blech."
"Sold!" I wrote in the ...more
My art school grad student teacher had us reading quite a few graphic novels with intense material. I judged Cruddy by the cover. I expected it to be bland and depressing like the girl.. thing.. person on the cover. Depressing, it was. But somehow Barry managed to make depressing ...more
I am so passionate about this book that I've created an unofficial soundtrack for ...more
The grotesque imagery of this story has a visual clarity on par with any horror film, and even more frightening since Lynda Barry coaxes your mind to show you the horrors. I've read some disgusting things and this is pretty disgusting. While I think this stands out from Barry's contemporary work, many of her comics have a darkness to them that is pushed to the forefront in Cruddy. At t ...more
What makes Cruddy such a good read is Roberta's voice. Her need for love and acceptance just like all teenagers is overwhelming but her circumstances are so much worse than most kids.
The ending does not really fit for me. Without giving aw ...more
I don't know if this book is poorly written or well written. I don't know what it is or what it's doing. But I guess I can confirm that is violent and disturbing, and at times touching. Until it's completely 100% distu ...more
notes upon rereading July 2014: loved this even more the second time around. am disgusted/impressed by the level of cruddiness in this book: every page delivers some description of decay, rot, corrosion, violence, crud. it is a vivacious narrative too, warm and bright and very very funny. a wild, devastating book with much heart. masterpiece of coming-of-age literature.