Epileptic (L'Ascension du Haut Mal #1-6 omnibus)
This book is an amazing work of art. The story of the artist's youth with an epileptic brother is n...more
The story is profoundly interesting, a family deals with the epilepsy of their oldest childest by diving into various fringe New Age practices in France from the late 60's and...more
i myself am an epileptic and there are fewer diseases that this book relates to than just ones that are 'out of control.' the effec...more
Since its a graphic novel, I can review the art as well. I felt the art was too "graphic-designy" at times, but always solid. The story is so engrossing that whatever problems I may or may not have had with the art are easily eclipsed by the honesty of what a...more
David B. originally published Epileptic in Europe between 1996 and 2004 as a series of six comics, to great acclaim. Critics received this brilliant work as warmly here. Far more than a graphic novel, Epileptic intertwines family, cultural, and intellectual history in a brutally honest memoir. Compared to James Agee's A Death in the Family and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Epileptic traces the author's relationship with his family, his sick brother, and himself, includin...more
I ask, because it exhausted me. It exhausted me, and I didn’t like it. Much. At all.
But people I trust (Mariel!) have given it high ratings, and it makes me worried that what I mistook for endless pages of hubris and heavy-handed pretentious asshattery and an inability to tell a story in any sort of sensical (is this a word?) order is actually depth and skill and poetry and I was just too dumb to see it.
Because for me, the reading experience cons...more
You know there are ba-zillions of books out there about various illnesses and all the things that the families of those with them have to suffer through... Often, it really makes you angry that the person is focusing on themselves and not the person with such a devastating illness. Other times, it makes you feel so badly for the ill person you lose all intimacy with them in the reading- they become their illness.
This is a RARE book, as it does NEITHER. You get to know the whole family, and how E...more
Originally split in to six volumes that were published in France between 1996 and 2003, Epileptic was originally titled ‘L’Ascension du Haut Mal’ and was quickly published in English, going on to receive critical acclaim and winning David th...more
Pg. 21 Hitler fantasies. As far as kid fantasies go, that one's kinda effed up.
Pg. 26, 1st Panel: That's no way to treat a book. Plus, that's gross.
Pg. 27: Soldier blown in two, but somehow lives through the night. If that ever happens to me, I grant permission to anyone who happens to be nearby to kill me.
Pg. 38: David B. tries to trigger one of his brother's seizures. This reminds me when my younger brother and I were alone at home one night and I pretended to be dead, and he...more
This. is. amazing. This book was hard to start for me, yet it completely engrossed me. It is insane. David B (or Pierre-François) has lived such an interesting life, his experiences appeal to the darker, more abstract areas of my mind.
The book focuses on his brother's epilepsy and the vast impact it has had on his life. The entire family goes through ordeals to help treat his brother, Jean-Cristophe, from macrobiotics to spiritualism. As F...more
Memoirs and graphic novels are becoming quite apparent nowadays, and “Epileptic” follows this suit of a literary mash up. “Epileptic” is an invigorating memoir depicted through the wonderful artistry of David B., the author.
“Epileptic” is a memoir of Pierre Francois or David B. Pierre Francois and his family live in a small town near Orleans, France. His family consists of Florence, his sister, his mother and father, and his brother Jean Christophe. Jean Christophe has epileps...more
Every person values contro...more
This one has come to mind a lot. While the story is mainly about David B's epileptic brother it is also very much about siblings and family roles, it's also about how people try, desperately to impose control and order in life.
I felt alternately sorry for and irritated with the parents and worried endlessly about both...more
In order to escape the chaos at home, the author became absorbe...more
I just sat down and read this in one sitting. I couldn't stop before I had finished it, because I was scared that the drawings were going to give me nightmares. I also needed to know what was going to happen.
The book starts by telling about the author's obsession with wars and drawing battles, and his childhood games. Then, at age 11, his brother Jean-Christophe has his first epileptic seizure. Soon, he is having 3 major seizures a day, falling to the ground in the streets, injuring hi...more
I think I first heard about epilepsy in a science fiction story, where a blinking red light set off a scientist on a fit. Either there or shortly there after I remember learning how you try and help the person not choke on their tongue. That feels like may...more
A final comment - while the family tries countless metaphysical cures, they are never described as having m...more