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Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood - Jalan Raya Dropsie: Pemukiman (The Contract With God Trilogy #3)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  605 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Jalan Raya Dropsie adalah buku ketiga dari Trilogi Kontrak dengan Tuhan. Dalam buku ini Eisner secara visual menyusuri jejak lintasan perubahan sosial di sebuah jalan raya sepanjang empat abad. Ia menciptakan panorama kota dan gelombang datang perginya para pemukim jalan - orang Belanda, Inggris, Irlandia, Yahudi, Afrika-Amerika, dan Puerto Riko - yang wajahnya berubah-uba ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 2010 by Nalar (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jun 24, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Will Eisner Fans, Urban Planners, Jews
I read this book because I had read the first book in the Contract with God trilogy.

This graphic novel is the story of "Dropsie Avenue" a fictional neighborhood in the bronx that is also featured prominently in the other two books in the series A Contract with God and A Life Force. The story follows the neighborhood from when it was a farm owned by a Dutch Family, till it became an English, then predominantly Irish, Italian, Jewish, Hispanic, and Black. Changin with each wave of immigration or m
Mar 29, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. Amazing. It's not just that the illustrations are great or that the storyline is strong. It's more than that. In this book of the Contract with God trilogy, Eisner depicts the history of Dropsie Avenue over the years, beginning with 1870 and going well past the 60s. The depiction isn't just about how the land has changed but the rotation of people, memories and how that has affected a community a neighborhood. Reading book 3, reminded me of how I grew up, and where I am now. Not in th ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seed
This graphic novel covers the life-cycle of a neighborhood. Eisner's art and words work together seamlessly to show vignettes about the changing people, ideas, and politics that shape the lives of the people in Dropsie Ave. Very thought-provoking, but Eisner makes the reader work to recognize recurring characters as they age and change. It's also highly symbolic at times. It's about as far from a "comic book" as you can get, but that's actually a compliment.
Dec 09, 2015 Topher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man. I just could not decide how to grade this book at first. I almost didn't want to grade it because the philosophy vacillates between pretty liberal ideology of acceptance and looking at immigration/emigration anxiety to the point of almost preaching it. And the ending just left me so cold that I wondered for a moment if my copy was missing some pages or something.

But then I thought about it more. It's not about immigrants, though it sort of is. It's not about fear of the other, though it so
May 26, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This stunning historical panorama of one Bronx neighborhood--mostly focused on one lot on one street--is the culmination of Will Eisner's amazing trilogy (the first two are Contract with God and A Life Force). It begins with the English displacing the Dutch, skips rapidly through a few centuries, but then concentrates on the twentieth century as waves of immigrants and migrants move in and partially displace the previous waves--Irish, Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Hasids--often with significant ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Mar 04, 2014 Kelly Lynn Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fiction
Dropsie Avenue is a made-up neighborhood, but it echoes many real neighborhoods and towns I've known. Many of the characters aren't likeable: they're racist and mean-spirited, but some of them are kind and loving. The book's true main character isn't any one of the people, although we do get to know some of them quite well. The true main character is Dropsie Avenue itself, in all its messy, gritty, dirty, glory. And even the racist, mean people love it and call it home. So you do feel something ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have become a huge fan of Will Eisner. I loved this book as well. Good book for anyone who wants to have an experience with graphic novel medium. They will never think of it as just comics..
Harun Harahap
Di buku ketiga ini kita diajak untuk melihat bagaimana PERUBAHAN terjadi. Sebuah jalan bernama Dropsie menjadi saksi dari jalannya perubahan tersebut. Dropsie dulu adalah kawasan elite dengan penghuni dari kelas bangsawan. Seiring waktu bergulir, kawasan elite itu secara bertahap mengalami perubahan.

Masuknya berbagai etnis dan ras membawa budaya masing-masing ke jalan dropsie. Keberagaman itu menjadi akar mula perselisihan. Rendahnya toleransi membuat masing-masing pihak merasa dirinya lebih ti
Lorenzo Berardi
Last summer I rented a room for a few months. It was more than a furnished room. It was a personal room full of books, dvd movies, Russian dictionaries, photos, a couple of cactuses at the window and abandoned white socks in the corners.
The girl who rented me the room left there a lot of her things because she just had to do a three months stage at a cinema summer festival in Milan.

Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner was packed among a ton of Jean Claude Izzo noir books. At that time there were aftern
Jan 25, 2016 Prctaxman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not save books; my library is limited because there are few things I really want to read, again - there's simply so much out there that I want to read rather than re-read something.

I give books away so that others can read them.

I save few books. Dropsie Avenue is one of them.....I'll loan it out to people but damn, I want it back to loan to others. This is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is a brilliant history of New York City.
Dropsie Avenue takes a look at the chronology of a neighbourhood in New York (based on Brooklyn). How the different characters shared their lives her from the Irish migrant wave, German arrival, Italian domination to Jewish hike, Spanish drift and African roaming.

It started off with disconnected stories but it all comes together at the end. I really enjoyed the accuracy to the real history and colourful characters. I still consider A Life Force being the best of the trilogy but Dropsie Avenue wa
Sep 19, 2014 Raul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a vivid and materialistic representation of a neighbourhood's rise and fall through a period of 100 years or so. what lacks for the 5 stars review is pointing out not just to the people but also to the structural context ( capitalism) in which they live ( indirectly assumed, but only through the money form) as reason for the downfall of the quartier.
Sep 07, 2014 Mylesgorton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolute masterpiece - should be read by anyone who loves graphic art and/or social history - traces the development of a neighbourhood in america from field to ghetto and the various groups that live there and their interactions - I've read this more than 3 times!
Chris Andersen
Aug 22, 2012 Chris Andersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dropsie Avenue chronicles the life of a neighborhood in typical Eisner fashion, with economical and punchy storytelling. Isolated moments show the best and worst that people are capable of and how everyone is (justifiably) afraid of change. Due to it's sprawling nature (it covers over a hundred years in less than 200 pages) the characterization of individual players is a little thin, leaving them more as archetypes with flourishes of individuality rather than living, breathing characters, but no ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Peterk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The artwork initially put me off a bit - I like a lot of the buildings and scenery (especially the closing full page image is genius and shows what the man is capable of, mood wise) but I am not a fan of how Eisner portrays people, somehow they seem present in a world that is not theirs. The story itself gets a lot better towards the end than the first few pages suggest, as things slow down gradually and you see protagonists reappear and roles change. I'd definitely recommend this though, as it ...more
Ivana Hajdinić
Mar 06, 2015 Ivana Hajdinić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Jedni za drugima dolaze i odlaze iz četvrti
A ona uništava ih
Sviđa mi se ovaj strip
Jan 13, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually found the hardcover edition for fifteen bucks at Modern Myths in Northampton, MA. It was good, Eisner only gets better throughout his career. Great characters, and Eisner toys with a lot of comic art effects that I think I take for granted (see any scenes in this book where there's a traumatic fire), but because Eisner's plots are a bit less enthralling than your typical graphic novel nowadays these stick out more. Take that how you please, a special thanks to N.C. Christopher Couch's c ...more
Muhammad Meisa
Aug 06, 2015 Muhammad Meisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku penutup trilogi yang manis-getir. The glory is over, bung!
Mar 10, 2008 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Josh by: DeSavia
Shelves: comics
a good, last chapter in the "Contract" Trilogy, but a puzzling last page. If anyone reads this ever, gimme a call. I'd like to discuss. Oh, and P.S. - if duder who made "the Wire" never read these, I'd be shocked. Not that there's any silly police-talk in here, but similarly themed at their cores. Though this has more compelling characters. and is generally good, where the Wire is not. man! this review was only going to be like 3 lines, and then I go thinking about that show, and I can't help bu ...more
Erika Marconato
Un quartiere che cambia, ma anche no.
Jan 25, 2016 Manie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 08, 2011 Asna rated it really liked it
Menariknya isi komik ini menggambarkan pertumbuhan/ perkembangan pemukiman di Jalan Raya Dropsie yang terus mengalami pasang surut, dari pemukiman orang kaya perlahan menurun kelas sosialnya karena pembauran sampai akhirnya jadi pemukiman orang miskin (dan berbahaya?) lalu kembali naik kelas lagi.. Dan seiring perubahan tersebut, individu2 tertentu yang terikat dengan pemukiman di Dropsie juga berkembang, menetap, pindah lalu balik lagi karena kterikatan masa lalu mereka dengan pemukiman Dropsie ...more
George Marshall
Nov 02, 2009 George Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like so much Eisner- awful sentimentality, melodrama (think of Chaplin at his worst) stereotyped characters and, even worse than usual, some truly clunking dialogue. Add to this the absurdity that the only ethnic group passing through Dropsie Avenue that is kindly and tolerant of others are the Jews...Oy vey!

It still gets four stars because Eisner is a genius of character drawing and storyline- I just wish he could have worked with someone else!
Aaron Broadwell
The art was terrific, but the storytelling quickly became repetitive. Okay, I get the idea — each group that lives in this part of the Bronx thinks that it is better than the newcomers and the neighborhood slowly gets worse and worse. But because we are going through decades, we don't have any characters to follow, and it quickly just becomes the same thing over and over again, with differently dressed ethnic types despising each other. Feh!
Andreea Sociu
Apr 03, 2016 Andreea Sociu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A masterpiece in capturing change as the only constant. Ravishing drawings and heart-melting stories blended with good humour.
Mar 06, 2011 Fransisca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trilogi gila dari Will Eisner, buku terakhir.
Simpel namun rumit, sekelumit kisah dari berdirinya Dropsie avenue, masa puncak dan akhir dari Dropsie Avenue itu sendiri, dan awal dari kemungkinan Dropsie Avenue Mark II di akhir cerita.
Mengenaskan tapi memang kenyataannya seperti itulah hidup, akan ada masa-masa gemilang, dan akhirnya tergantung dari si empunya, akankah berakhir baik atau hancur sama sekali.
Heartfelt story. Liked it.
Sadly this is my first Eisner and being a comic geek, this is an embarrassing statement. In any case, this is an incredible work. Eisner's quick moving panels and authentic dialogue make this story of a changing neighborhood a template for all industrial societies. The characters are so immaculately drawn and voiced that the effect is almost biblical. A brilliant must for any comics fan.
Aug 20, 2007 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I added this to my list because our local library began featuring graphic novels on a special shelf, and I gathered that Eisner was a classic practitioner. In this one, he traces one neighborhood in the South Bronx from its initial settlement to the modern day. It was an engaging experience, but I guess I'd have to say that as a historian, Will Eisner is a good cartoonist.
Apr 22, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I haven't been in New York yet, but reading Will Eisner makes me feel like I lived there for some decades. People move, people change, but the neighbourhood stands still. Movies and books usually tell us the story of one or few persons, not the story of one or few buildings. I love this changing in the point of view.
I definetly wanna read more.
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WILL EISNER was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades -- from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'O
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Other Books in the Series

The Contract With God Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories
  • A Life Force

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