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Karuzela Głupców (Jar of Fools #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,226 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Ernie is an alcoholic stage magician haunted by lost love and his brother’s suicide, and he’s hooked up with his senile mentor in one last effort to sort his life out. But Ernie needs to keep Flosso the Magnificent with him in the present and by his side to guide Ernie through these difficult days. These two magicians have run out of escape tricks but they can’t stop runni
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 2007 by Timof i cisi wspólnicy (first published 1994)
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LemontreeLime
Let me tell you a story about when I read this. I was in my last year of undergraduate college, and a book club of comic book reading graduate students adopted me into their circle. Once a month we would meet at a local pizza place and discuss whatever series we decided to focus on next. This was right before the term 'graphic novel' had really made its stand in the literary world, and the idea that we were gathering to seriously discuss comics seemed so insane at the time. Our 'chair' chose our ...more
Nemanja
Izuzetno zanimljiv "roman u slikama" o grupi otupelih, razorenih osoba koji se u eventualno pronadju u jedno drugom ka svom putu isceljenja. Potmomognut evropskim uticajem pri oslikavanju likova, svakako interesantan za svakog ko voli underground stripove gde fokus nije u razvijanju i stvaranju fabule, vec prikazivanje egzistencijalnih situacija.
Michael
Mar 22, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequential-art
So sieht eine perfekte Graphic Novel für mich aus!
Schon der Untertitel verrät einiges: "A Picture Story" - und so erzählt Jason Lutes die Geschichte auch: unaufgeregt, unpathetisch, unpretentiös... es ließen sich wohl noch so einige Adjektive auf "un" finden. Ein Comic, das wie ein Indi-Film wirkt.

Ernie Weiss ist Magier, aber seine erfolgreiche Zeit liegt hinter ihm. Seit dem Tod seines Bruders und der Trennung von seiner Freundin hat er das Trinken angefangen und vegetiert mehr dahin, als dass
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Dan
Aug 11, 2015 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this graphic novel, really, I did. I very much enjoyed the art work and the premise seemed at least somewhat engaging; the intertwining stories of average people dealing with the very real existentialist conundrums that face all of us no matter what walks of life we take. But alas, the junction of these existentialist struggles of, the alcoholic ex-magician who just can't seem to do anything right in life while bemoaning the absurd and unexpected death of his older brother years ...more
Evan
In this jaded mass media age it's hard to be a viable magician with a modest repertoire of card tricks and pigeons pulled from top hats when David Copperfield or David Blaine can make the Eiffel Tower disappear. Likewise, it's hard to make ends meet as an old-fashioned con-man in an era of anonymous electronic hacking, where the perpetrator need not lay a hand at all on the cash or practice the art of dazzling a real-person victim with diversion.

That's the sad plight of the down-and-out adult ma
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Bob Redmond
Aug 20, 2009 Bob Redmond rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphica
Onetime Seattleite Lutes first novel, the "picture story" JAR OF FOOLS tells the tale of Eddie, a magician recovering from a broken heart and a lost brother. Others in the cast of characters are: a homeless street hustler and his 9 year-old daughter, Eddie's girlfriend Esther, and his mentor Al Flosso.

The good: we must remember that Lutes was, if not a pioneer, at least on the vanguard of graphic novels as we know them now. His art is also very good, and his story is solid with interesting slice
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Glen Engel-Cox
The artistic influences of Jason Lutes' "picture novel," Jar of Fools, are fairly easy to spot. The drawing style is European, with the clean lines of Herge of Tintin fame, while the storyline is contemporary Americana of such short story writers as Raymond Carver. But Lutes is good enough, and his story strong enough, that it transcends being merely a reflection of his study, and the combination of the disparete pair make this graphic novel something unusual among the others on the shelf.

The st
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Amanda
A rain-soaked tale of an alcoholic, nearly homeless, brother-haunted, lovelorn magician; his mentor, a fugitive from the retirement home; a confidence man and his young daughter; and the troubled source of the magician's lovelorn-ness; and, of course, the ways they all come together and pull each other back up. Both beautifully drawn and skillfully constructed, as the best graphic novel should be.

My biggest problem with it was that the ending is slightly corny, but that didn't detract too much f
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David Schaafsma
I liked this book, as one other reviewer says, influenced by Herge's Tintin, Will Eisner, and others exploring under- and working-class folks. Sentimental, as with some of these influences. His later works, Berlin and Houdini, show growth, but this one shows promise and has sweetness in it. The Houdini connection? Magicians (and the manipulation of fiction) play a role in this book, and mentoring..... reminds me of Michael Chabon's great work on related topics... This is good, with memorable cha ...more
Ollie
Jun 04, 2014 Ollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I don't know what all the hoopla is with Jason Lutes' Berlin, because Jar of Fools is where it's at. I don't know why I like it more. In all fairness, the shit has just hit the fan with Berlin and things are about to be wrapped up in a third book, so we haven't seen the entire story. Yet, there was this excitement I felt for Jar of Fools right at the beginning that was, honestly, lacking in Berlin.

Jar of Fools tells the story of Ernie, a magician who is out of work, alone, and mournin
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Mänsomläser
Jan 20, 2015 Mänsomläser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grafiska-romaner
Det här är en ganska udda berättelse om Ernie Weiss, en avdankad och dumpad magiker som försöker komma över dels dumpningen och dels det faktum att hans bror dog i ett misslyckat utbrytartrick. Han bestämmer sig för att försöka shejpa upp sig och tar hjälp av sin gamle, numera halvtomhalvt demente, mentor Al Flosso som han hjälper att rymma från sitt ålderdomshem.

Jag kände mig kluven under läsningen. På ett sätt känns det upplagt för en rafflande berättelse full av mysterier, men den utvecklar s
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Emily
Nov 16, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, I've seen/read so many bummer stories about failed magicians lately. I guess the metaphors of illusions in real life, stage personas/private personas are too much for some writers to pass up.

And, I'll be honest, the metaphors got a little heavy-handed in this one. Still, Lutes' premise and setting were original: five desperate people are at the ends of their ropes for various reasons. Poverty, depression, poor health, sexism all weigh down on his characters in a dystopian, gritty urban s
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Peacegal
May 22, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This unusual graphic novel deals with elements of depression, anxiety, loss, heartache, mental illness, suicide, nightmares, failure, and disappointment.

Naturally, I loved it.
Maureen
Oct 04, 2011 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I loved the drawings, the art was so beautiful. The writing was also great. Lutes knows how to tell a great story, man.
Jien
Jun 12, 2011 Jien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The forward gave me high hopes for this, but I found it overrated. The story just wasn't particularly interesting.
Nickolas
I bought this book on a pub crawl I did up in Brisbane at my favourite used book store ‘Archive Books’ at 40 Charlotte Street (stop by if you’re ever in the neighbourhood). I’ve never heard of Jason Lutes but he’s a featured artist on the famous indie ‘Drawn & Quarterly’ site so I figured it was definitely worth my attention.

Sherman Alexie who is probably best known for writing the 1998 screenplay for Smoke Signals wrote the introduction to my edition of the book and raves about how good it
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Janice
Aug 03, 2008 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
i first read jar of fools serialized in a paper i volunteered for in providence, rhode island. one of my co-volunteers claimed to be friends with mr. lutes, and with ben katchor, and with other artists i admire. he may very well have been, because i don't know many other papers this was printed in, and the nice paper (r.i.p.) was quite small, to say the least. i crossed my fingers, waiting for the next installment to arrive on time and in good condition. it always did, except for scheduled vacat ...more
Alex Scales
This book served as my introduction to Jason Lutes, who is probably better known for his much longer comic title, Berlin. Jar of Fools comes from the early 90's, right after Lutes graduated college, but it doesn't really feel dated at all. In fact, it's interesting to note that Jar of Fools was originally serialized in strip form. Honestly, I would have never guessed it as this book reads like a precursor to the literary graphic novel craze of the 00's.

Probably the most interesting achievement
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Dani Peloquin
Jar of Fools by Jason Lutes tells the story of a magician and his mentor. Ernest, a magician in his 20s or 30s is out of a job and down on his luck when his old mentor, Al, arrives on his doorstep. Al has run away from a retirement home and doesn't have the sharpest mind anymore. When the two men get in a scuffle with some other men, a stranger named Nathan throws Ernest and Al into Nathan's car. With Nathan's daughter, Claire, the foursome decide to live out of Nathan's car. Parallel to this st ...more
Panoramaisland
Oh, the faces! Jason Lutes can really draw faces, and through them he manages to draw out people who feel very real and characterful. He got his BFA in illustration at RISD, and it shows; unlike many art-oriented comics artists, however, he manages to work his visuals with such economy that every line and shadow rings with meaning. I seem to recall a reviewer writing that he is a sort of visual Hemingway in that respect, and the comparison feels true to me; although he was a superior story-build ...more
Brendan
Nov 03, 2010 Brendan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, comics, 2010
Lutes follows five people in this graphic novel (or “novel in pictures” as the cover calls it). Our main character is an alcoholic out-of-work magician whose brother died in a magic accident (or killed himself) sometime in the recent past. He’s also trying to take care of his mentor, a magician sliding into senility who seems a lot like Carl from Up. Enter the con man and his daughter, living out of a car, learning the ways of the grift. Add a dash of pomo grown-up comic angst and stir. Voila.

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Phillip
Mar 05, 2012 Phillip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel provides a blend of urban tales about mental illness.

It shows stories about people who are faithful to the people they love who are mentally ill. We see the magician's assistant whose career is held back because he sticks with his ailing mentor. There is the story of the young woman, just getting by, waiting and remembering the wonderful days before her love became schizophrenic and began living in the streets. We see a father and daughter con act turned to robbery. They are
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Lisa Feld
Jan 23, 2016 Lisa Feld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boston
Having heard this praised so many times, I finally decided to read it for myself, and I'm glad I did. I was amazed at how Lutes managed to make his art seem so clear and straightforward while packing so much subtext and complexity into it: dreams, fantasies, lies, and misinterpretations slip seamlessly in and out of the narrative, and the characters are all haunted by pasts which are only partially revealed. The story is frustrating in places: certain characters feel like they're from the Depres ...more
Jo Bennie
Nov 30, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l
The Amazing Ernesto, prestidigiator, is on his uppers, haunted by the death of his escapologist brother who drowned in a failed stunt which took him to the bottom of the river, and by the loss of his girlfriend Esther. His previous mentor Al, once Flosso the Magnificent, turns up having escaped yet again from his nursing home. One trying to forget the past that haunts him, the other with genuine memory loss, go on the run with con artist Lender and his daughter Claire, running from child service ...more
Michele
Jul 06, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier this summer I read Jason Lutes' Berlin: City of Stone. I enjoyed his story-telling and graphics so much that I read a couple more including this one. Jar of Fools follows Ernie, a failed alcoholic magician and Al Flosso, his elderly mentor, as they each struggle with their lives past and present. It is not a complicated story and it only spans a brief moment in time, but in that limited space Lutes manages to breathe life into a cast of characters. What makes this simple story so engagin ...more
Martin
Nov 16, 2012 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some have said this book did not end well, that it was open-ended, but let me tell you this. This book was a balm for my soul when it was in a funk. It would not have been thus if it had a happy, conciliatory ending, because, realistically, pain and grief often do not go away. You merely find ways to move on, either by evading or facing them. Hollywood has been the creator and destroyer of worlds, creating false hopes and dreams of happy-ever-afters and setting them up for heartbreak. This book ...more
Kim
Jan 24, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ernie Weiss has some skill as a magician, but he can't seem to get it together since the end of his romance and the death of his brother. This GN was written one page at time as a comic, and it is breathtakingly simple and beautiful. I will be re-reading this one a long time.
Lara Thompson
Mar 18, 2016 Lara Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching story that never strays far from themes of loneliness and longing, both good and bad, but does it well.
MNLO
Mar 12, 2015 MNLO rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MNLO by: redhairblood@yahoo.com
Veronica
This was a bit of a disappointment. The illustrations are sharp and the characters were vivid, but the story meandered on a sort of lazy, irrelevant course and ended in an unsatisfying dead end.

I love the idea of illusions, magic etc as themes, but to my mind these were insufficiently explored. A key plot point regarding the disappearance of the protagonist's brother remained unsolved. I admire Jason Lutes' skill and his artwork, but this felt more like part one of a two-act graphic novel. Shame
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