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Blankets

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  71,496 Ratings  ·  4,903 Reviews
Ένα αριστουργηματικό κόμικς-άλμπουμ, ένα εικονογραφημένο μυθιστόρημα για τον έρωτα, τη θρησκεία, την αμφισβήτηση και τη χειραφέτηση.

Ο εικοσιοκτάχρονος Αμερικανός δημιουργός Craig Thompson αυτοβιογραφείται και αφηγείται με άφθονο λυρισμό και συγκίνηση τα παιδικά του χρόνια και την πιο κρίσιμη περίοδο της εφηβείας του.
Το "Blankets" μέσα από τις σελίδες του παρουσιάζει τη στα
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Hardcover, 598 pages
Published 2009 by ΚΨΜ (first published July 1st 2003)
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Leksi As a young adult, I found Blankets to be a great read because of my curiosity towards life's "big questions" and how other people deal with them.…moreAs a young adult, I found Blankets to be a great read because of my curiosity towards life's "big questions" and how other people deal with them. Thomson's brushstrokes are absolutely gorgeous, and he captures the rush and restless torment of being young and in love with nothing but honesty. However, along with that frankness comes lavish yet dismissal towards teenage romance, concluding it to be merely lust. This dismissive tone continues throughout the portrayal of religion as well, which may be trying for someone who is early in their development of their views on spirituality. Yes, there is nudity, with some of the scenes that go along with it beautiful, yet others grotesque. Please, flip through a bit of the novel before handing it to a teenager, especially to anyone younger than sixteen. (less)
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Rainbow
This pushed so many of my personal buttons that it's hard for me to think clearly about it. Heartbreaking. Lovely. Couldn't put it down once I started.
Seth T.
Jun 28, 2007 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, bookclub
Craig Thompson, for all the lack of works in his bibliography, is one of the best creators working in comics today. Apart from Blankets, he has only released one other major work of fiction. (His third, Habibi , will be released this Fall.)

Blankets by Craig Thompson
[The cutest of meet-cutes.]

There are any number of reasons that Thompson's work should be lauded. His art is gorgeous and his brushline expressive. He treats personal topics with a sense of both whimsy and honesty. He writes true experiences, even when they'
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Rauf
Feb 25, 2010 Rauf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The melancholics
Here are seven lines from Blankets that pretty much sums up the story:

1. I couldn't fathom that the soul trapped in my child body would be transplanted to its grotesque adolescent counterpart.

2. But in that little pathetic clump of blankets there was comfort.

3. We both knew that nothing existed for us outside of the moment.

4. Maybe I'm sad about wanting you. I'm not too comfortable with wanting someone.

5. Shame is always easier to handle if you have someone to share it with.

6. How satisfying it
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Whitney Atkinson
Jun 15, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just read this in one sitting. Incredible. First graphic novel i've given 5 full stars to.
Jace
Oct 24, 2007 Jace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Having produced this illustrated autobiography of his formative years, Thompson certainly deserves credit for an ambitious undertaking. His illustrations are the shining accomplishment of this book; cartoony, yet humanly realistic, they exude a youthful enthusiasm. Definitely a memorable drawing style, it almost makes Blankets worth a read in-and-of-itself.

Though well intentioned, I felt that the "plot" of Blankets fell short of what it promised. The bulk of the story revolves around the author
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Contrary jerkoff party of 1? I’m here I’m here! While a 3 Star rating is most definitely a perfectly fine rating – in this case I am one of a handful amongst my friends who dared to not give 4 or 5. Allow me a moment to ‘splain myself. If I were judging solely on the artwork I would break the GR rating system and allot Blankets 10. I mean seriously it begins right at the cover . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

Très belle! And for those of you who have developed
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Algernon
Jan 18, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2016

It's beautiful!

quilt

A quilt made of memories, bad and good, side by side sketches about growing up in a small town in Wisconsin; about sharing a room with a younger brother; about surviving school days with merciless bullying; about finding solace in religion; about a boy who meets a girl; about disfunctional families and people with disabilities; about being an artist and about the power of imagination, about the purity of first love reflected in the purity of snow; about losing your religion and
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Oriana
book #12 for Jugs & Capes!
review #8 for CCLaP!

I joke about this a lot, but it’s true that in some ways, in the squishiest little corner of my mushy little heart, I am still a teenage girl. My favorite TV show, ever and still, is My So-Called Life. I have read Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye probably thirty times. I still listen to Fall Out Boy, for fuck’s sake! I listen to other music too, obviously, hipster fabulous bands you’ve never heard of (I live in Brooklyn, after all), but something i
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Jo
“How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement…no matter how temporary.”

and because I couldn’t decide between the two….


“At night, lying on your back and staring at the falling snow, it’s easy to imagine oneself soaring through the stars.”


Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Those last 3 pages, wow.

High Points.
Craig.Snow. Brothers. Church camp. Patchwork. Under the pool table. Cubby holes. Identity. Faith. The future. First loves. Doubt (“It’s reassuring”).
And
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Greg
Jan 18, 2009 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A few years ago when part of this book was in the McSweeney's Graphic Novel issue I really liked it. I remember it being on of the stories that made me want to go out and by the book. I didn't go out and buy it though because it was just too damn expensive for me, sure the book looked nice but spending thirty bucks on a graphic novel that I'd read in an hour or so didn't seem worth it.

Now I have finally read it. If I had rated Blankets as soon as I finished it I would have given it four stars.
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Carmen
Oct 05, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with interest/experience with born-again Christianity
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
This book is an autobiographical account of Craig's coming to terms with his faith and reconciling it with his sexuality.

Being raised in a born-again family - which is well-portrayed in this book - is not a foreign concept to me. I've spoken before about how damaging the church's messages about sexuality are. We always think of women being oppressed, repressed, damaged, and unhappy as a result of this message, but as I wrote in my review of TAKE MY HAND, men and boys are very hurt and damaged as
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David Schaafsma
Every year I teach this book in my YA course it comes up as one of the top three texts in the course. I would go so far as to say it is one of the top five graphic novels of all time. Powerful, gorgeous, touching, expressive, it’s among other things a meditation on first or young love. Thompson’s story might be described as autobiographical fiction; set in Wisconsin, where he grew up with his controlling parents and his brother Phil, art and fantasy (he calls it dreaming) are his escapes.

Craig
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Dave Russell
"Desire is sad."
--W. Somerset Maugham, "Rain"

When I was a kid one of my friends invited to go to some church event retreat thingy. My dad, a mildly avowed, atheist wouldn't let me go. I've often wondered what he thought would have happened and what would have actually happened had I gone. Would it have been the opposite of one of those memoirs that get published with alarming frequency, about the person who suffers under the pressure of a strict religious upbringing and later discovers atheism o
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Φαροφύλακας
Το "Blankets" τού Κραιγκ Τόμπσον (Craig Thompson) είναι μια αυτοβιογραφική ιστορία και συνάμα μια ιστορία αγάπης.

Παρακολουθούμε τον ήρωα παιδί να μεγαλώνει με τον μικρό αδερφό του σε μια θρησκόληπτη και αυταρχική οικογένεια που από την μία αδυνατεί να υπερασπιστεί τα δύο παιδιά και από την άλλη τους εμφυτεύει χριστιανικές τύψεις για πράγματα που δεν θά 'πρεπε.

Έρχεται λοιπόν η στιγμή που ο έφηβος Κραιγκ συναντά σε μια κατασκήνωση ένα ιδιαίτερο κορίτσι που γίνεται η παρέα του και που αργότερα θα κ
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Maciek
I first read about Blankets in an article on the history of graphic novels, where it was mentioned as one of the signature examples of the form - along famous works such as Art Spiegelman's Maus (Interestingly, Spiegelman liked the book, and sent the author a congratulatory letter after publication). Blankets was offered as an example of a serious and important work, which helped define the term and give it meaning and significance - by telling a mature and largely autobiographical story it help ...more
The Fizza
A few years ago I was lent a book called "Blankets" which I read on the 5 hour trip back from New York City on a Sunday. Now to say the 600 pages just few by would not be an exaggeration. I was done with the book before we hit the Massachusetts border. I knew very little about the book, save for the blurbs on the cover, nor had I heard of it's writer/artist, Craig Thompson, before. But my friend, a struggling journalist living in Queens, told me that 'Blankets' was a semi-autobiographical graphi ...more
Vitor Martins
Aug 23, 2015 Vitor Martins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics
Peguei esse quadrinho pra ler sem saber nada a respeito da história e acabei me identificando demais com o protagonista. A arte é MARAVILHOSA, o texto levanta reflexões muito importantes sobre a influência da religião nas relações familiares.

Só achei o final meio anti-climático mas como se trata de um quadrinho auto-biográfico, é complicado esperar um final mirabolante, já que o autor estava narrando a própria vida. E às vezes a vida acaba não nos dando o final feliz e perfeito que a gente quer
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Peter Derk
Jan 12, 2011 Peter Derk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I read this quite a number of years ago. I didn't review it at all because I didn't have much good to say about it. But just recently I was asked to say a few things because this book, which has become a darling of sorts, doesn't get a lot of one-star reviews.

Like I said, it's been awhile, so I'll do my best. But everything will probably be based on how I remember FEELING more than anything.

This came out in 2003, so at that time I was just starting college. I think I would be just about th
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Blankets had been on my wishlist for years. I knew it was a coming-of-age story, but I wasn't prepared for how gritty it could be. The story of young Craig Thompson and his little brother was both bleak and poignant. The story becomes more hopeful as Craig grows older and falls in love for the first time. Even though the religious aspect was a little too heavy for me, Blankets is full of lovely cinematic panels and gorgeous illustrations.

I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.
Melki
Mar 28, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The philosopher Pat Benatar once claimed, "Hell is for children", and indeed, Craig Thompson's young life was overrun with glimpses of that fiery underworld. Bullies, religious zealots, scary cubby holes, and a baby sitter who liked to do naughty things...just a typical day for Craig and his brother Phil. It was not a warm and snuggly existence.

His teen years were not much better, as he fell headlong into love and experienced a crisis of faith. And all the while, there was that nagging worry tha
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Rating Edited on 12/26/15. Am upping my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars because this was the first book I read this year and after 12 months it still stands out to me as a powerful and lingering story despite the open ending that originally caused me to knock a star off. One of the BEST graphic novels I've ever read. Highly recommend.
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First book of 2015!

Beautiful artwork and touching story.
Tori (InToriLex)
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I was excited to be blown away by this because of all of the booktuber's who have recommended this. This was a sweet story about coming of age. first love and grappling with Christian beliefs. However I was underwhelmed and wanted more to be explained.  Craig explores the pivotal experiences and memories that have shaped his life. I was happy to learn more about him, but the emotional turmoil and angst of adolescence was not well communicated through his
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Lauren
Apr 15, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No book has ever come so close to my own story... it really left me in tears because I knew *exactly* what the author was writing about... if I could draw worth a dime (and had the guts to talk about my past like he does), my graphic biography would look very much like this... That was [is:] my family - just replace the little brother with sisters and the landscape to New Mexico. That was me at fundy church camp. That was me fighting over the bed covers with my little sister but then crying when ...more
Maxi (slothreads)
3.5 stars

I will be totally honest with you.
I read Blankets while I was having a nervous breakdown (TMI but whenever I'm on my period I want to cry for every single fucking thing happens to me).
So, while I was trying to finish the last 50 pages or so I was also trying not to panic and semi-sobbing.
Not in the right mood to read but I finished it anyway.

This is why I feel like I didn't understand the message of this stunning graphic novel (THE ART IS AMAZING BY THE WAY).

I wasn't in the right mood
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Sonia M
Nov 10, 2016 Sonia M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Η δύσκολη πορεία ενηλικίωσης ενός μοναχικού εσωστρεφή καλλιτέχνη γίνεται μια τρυφερή ιστορία, καλά δομημένη, με ολοκληρωμένους χαρακτήρες που μάλιστα εξελίσσονται κατά τη διάρκεια της αφήγησης και μερικές δυνατές εικόνες βγαλμένες από το υποσυνείδητο. Σκληρή η μάχη για να πετάξει από πάνω του τις ενοχές και τα συμπλέγματα ώσπου να κατακτήσει τη δική του ταυτότητα. Απλά υπέροχο!
Natalie
Apr 12, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
description

This book started out so deep and sad, I was not even 20 pages in and I had already tears in my eyes.
Going into this I was hesitant for reasons I don’t even recall, but Blankets really hit home for me.

It’s an emotional story following the lives of two brothers from childhood to adulthood. I was so into the story that I barely noticed the hours going by and I managed to finish it in one sitting. The storyline goes through different times without ever seeming abrupt, it had the perfect flow. And
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Negativni
Aug 06, 2016 Negativni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dekice je melankolična autobiografska priča o odrastanju i prvoj ljubavi.

U prvom dijelu o djetinjstvu potresne epizode zlostavljanja izmjenjuju se sa humorističnima. Craig Thompson i njegov mlađi brat odrasli su uz vrlo religiozne roditelje koji su ih uz povremene fizičke okrutnosti sputavali i psihički. Nije bio popularan među vršnjacima u školi, a ni učitelji ga nisu voljeli. Ipak nešto kasnije u jednom baptističkom kampu za mlade upoznaje svoju prvu ljubav. Isus tada gubi središnje mjesto u
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أحمد جمال سعد الدين
أجمل جرافيك نوفيل قريتها في حياتي.
عمل بديع بكل معاني الكلمة. يمكن قريتها من 4 أو 5 سنين ، وبرجع لها كل فترة. وهي كانت السبب الأساسي في اهتمامي بالعالم دا الحقيقة، وكلمة "عالم" دي مقصودة تماماً في الواقع، بعيداً عن السلاسل التقليدية، وعوالم الأبطال الخارقين، التي تنتمي إلى نفس التوصيف. كما أنها تتضمّن أجمل قصة حب قريتها على الإطلاق، اعتقد إن دا بالتحديد راجع لكونها بتدور في فترة زمنيّة محمّلة بقدر ثقيل ومرهق من المشاعر، نهايات المراهقة وبداية الشباب. فترة وسخة الحقيقة، لكن تذهب بالعقول من فرط جما
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Jeff
Nov 19, 2007 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like pretty smells.
So I used to collect comics, the capes kind. Every week, every Wednesday afternoon, I’d find myself at some comics shop buying Iron Man, and The Fantastic Four, and Superman, and Batman, and other kinds of men, all wearing tights and capes, and it took me a few years, but eventually I realized superhero comics are generally boring. I once read an interview with Brian Bendis (current comics scribe wunderkind) and he said, “Comics are all second act.” Meaning there is no third act. No one ever die ...more
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Craig Ringwalt Thompson (b. September 21, 1975 in Traverse City, Michigan) is a graphic novelist best known for his 2003 work Blankets. Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package.

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“How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement - no matter how temporary.” 243 likes
“Maybe I'm sad about wanting you. I'm not too comfortable with wanting someone.” 97 likes
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