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Wild Pilgrimage: A Novel in Woodcuts

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The first novel in woodcuts to be published in America, Ward's magnificent achievement burns with a rich, highly emotional style. Through startling engravings shaded in black and red, he wordlessly tells the story of a man trapped in an industrial world, struggling between the grim reality around him and the fantasies his imagination creates.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 4th 2008 by Dover Publications (first published 1932)
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Chris Miller
Some great artwork here. This story was easier to understand than some of Lynd Ward's other wordless novels, but I feel like I didn't connect much with what I understood.

The protagonist has an odd upper lip that I thought at first was a mustache; I later read that it was Ward's intention to make the protagonist physically ugly. I feel like this doesn't come across because the character is also young and strong--his face just seems poorly illustrated.

I really liked the alternating colors of the
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SmarterLilac
Really loved this. Intriguing, if a bit inscrutable in parts. The shocker on page 43 is impressive, if, well, shocking. Especially for a member of my generation, not used to discussing that part of our history.

I take issue with only one thing, the comment in the back jacket blurb which declares this work as being about, 'a unique individual working, and aspiring to dream in an overwhelming mass society.' I...think there's more to it than that, even if I can't quite tell you what it is.

liza
ok, the art is great as with anything ward did. the story on this one didn't grab me as hard as god's man and vertigo, but maybe that's my own fault.
George Walker
I have the original edition but this is a good choice for a reading copy.
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