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Produced in 1919, Passionate Journey uses Masereel's simple and precise woodcuts to present a story of one man's life and loves in post-World War I Berlin.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published January 1st 1919)
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Jul 30, 2008 Jan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jan by: I found it at the Nelson-Atkins Bookstore.
Breathtaking book, but I strongly encourage you to go back in time as you read it.

Consider yourself part of this same, crazy, beautiful world minus instant messages, vicarious living through films and radio (truly some of my favorite things in life); just open up and enjoy someone else's adventures. My favorite version of this book is the one with Thomas Mann's preface. Simply, this whole story is told with woodcuts, and you - the reader- can create the words. My own words for this story surpris
A series of woodcuts telling a story of mostly everyday encounters. The through line, if there was one, was sometimes hard to follow. Maybe I just read it to fast. The bold lines of the woodcuts look great, and some of the images, especially the more abstract ones, are quite beautiful. Didn't really work for me as a cohesive whole though.
Rich Meyer
This is a book that will take you days to really read. Beyond the introduction by Thomas Mann, it will take you about ten minutes to look at the 165 woodcuts that tell the story. Then you will go back to the start and re-scan the whole story. And again. And again.

The intricacy of Masereel's woodcuts aren't apparent at first, but as you go on in the story and as you re-read the book, the raw emotion and verve of the main (and really only) character in the narrative will grad you and pull you int
Jun 16, 2009 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every person on the earth
Reading Frans Masereel is like being the projectionist of a portable silent film. In his introduction, Thomas Mann instructs the reader to "Darken the room!" for a close cinematographic experience with this work. I say stick it in your pocket and read it on the subway. Suddenly you'll be interrupted by the arrival of your stop. You'll shut the book, hop off the train and head for the exit, and guess what—the book is still going on, fully seeping into your reality, only now you are the main chara ...more
Sue Park
Jun 03, 2007 Sue Park is currently reading it
I'm reading this book in several ways: as a collection of archetypes, a skeletal storyboard for a movie, a visual outline for a conventional (prose) novel, and an exercise in characterization and dialogue (subtitles provided by me, of course). None of this is necessary. I already read the book for what it is, had about an hour of enjoyment with it, and a week later I still can't get some of the images out of my head. Now I'm just trying to a) flush out all the small moments/developments between ...more
Transcendent. A wordless book for the Seeker.
I feel like there's something here that I'm not picking up on, something that elevates it to the masterpiece most people hold it to be. It's certainly interesting, poring over each panel looking for new images to resolve from the lines, projecting your own motives & dialogue onto the Whovian protagonist, etc. I just feel like something's wrong with me for not finding it utterly revelatory. Maybe another read through wills help.
Dave Cohoe
Awesome story - not your father's woodcuts! Masereel tells an enthralling, some would say subversive tale, in these simple woodcuts. At least they *appear* simple at first, but further examination reveals amazing detail I would've never thought possible. A must read for any graphic artist or comic fan.
Mark Kaplan
This woodcut journey through a life of discovered passion is one of the most profound books I have ever "read." While there are no written words, the images tell a simple yet complex, deeply moving story that is resonant on so many levels.
One of the first graphic novels ever by a cartoonist/woodcut fine artist. The pictures are amazing!

The most abstract and least intelligible of the three woodcut novels I've read this year.
A novel that requires reading and rereading...
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