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Trilogi Kontrak dengan Tuhan: Kehidupan di Jalan Raya Dropsie (The Contract With God Trilogy #1-3)

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Lewat empat cerita yang saling menjalin, Kontrak dengan Tuhan melukiskan keriangan, kegembiraan, tragedi dan drama kehidupan di Jalan Raya Dropsie, Bronx, New York. Daya Hidup adalah buku kedua. Dalam buku ini Esiner tidak hanya mengisahkan zaman Depresi akhir tahun 20an hingga 30an, tapi juga bangkitnya Naziisme dan menyebarnya politik kiri di wilayah miskin kota New York ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published January 2010 by Nalar (first published December 17th 2005)
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Mar 17, 2009 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I can't get over Eisner's really weak characterization of women. Yes, he's a great artist and storyteller, but he doesn't really present a strong woman anywhere in these three stories.
Will Eisner is a rather significant individual in the history of the graphic novel, as well as the comic world at large. He is, after all, sometimes referred to as the Father of the Graphic Novel. In fact, the Eisner Awards (the comics' equivalent to the Oscars) are named after him. Of course, any serious fan of graphic novels has read some Will Eisner. Well, color me red and call me a strawberry, I can finally say I have.

The Contract with God trilogy is one large collection of three individual
Mar 29, 2017 Devi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es war super, aber die 30 Seiten, die mir aufgrund eines Fehldrucks fehlen, sind echt doof.
Feb 26, 2015 Agne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of graphic novels
Recommended to Agne by: Panels & Pages Book Group

Will Eisner’s “The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue” is a collection of three stand-alone graphic novels set on Dropsie Avenue, a fictional street in the Depression-era Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City. The first book in this trilogy, “A Contract With God,” consists of four audacious and cynical stories of Dropsie Avenue’s residents. In addition to being extremely entertaining, these stories probe such timeless issues as injustice and morality. I
Apr 28, 2015 Praxedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fantastic recompilation of three stand-alone graphic novels is a must-read for anyone who likes the genre. The first volume, A Contract With God, is considered by many to be the first true modern graphic novel. Prior to this work no one had ventured into this medium exploring concepts such as drug use, philandering, and the violence that so often accompanies poverty. The artwork is also gritty and dark, a departure from works which preceded it.

The second volume, A Life Force, was my least f
Michael (Mai)
Feb 27, 2014 Michael (Mai) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read. I wouldn't have picked it up if it hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. It's supposed to be the first graphic novel and all of it looks like newspaper comics. It's definitely different than anything else I've read. A lot of the story is focused on the great depression era and before. It's about how this one street, Dropsie Avenue, has changed through time and what the people that live on it have experienced. It's main focus is the Dropsie Tenement, we even ...more
Oct 23, 2015 TK421 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History is but a sketch and a drawing away from being continuously rewritten. Bravo, Mr. Eisner, bravo!
Dec 06, 2008 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Doesn't he understand? It wasn't just a living... I was making a something. A reason for living! ...Otherwise, how is a man different from a cockroach??"

"So?? Mister cockroach. What are you struggling for?? To maybe stay alive a few days more? Well... To tell the truth so am I trying to stay alive! So, then, what's the difference between us?? You, being only a cockroach, just want to live! For you it's enough! But me... I have to ask, why!? Why, why...
Jun 06, 2007 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I liked this book, but it was an oddly long, slow read, considering how much of it is pictures. Of course, it's also technically three books in one, which could explain it.

The art is amazing and amazingly detailed, and the stories are good though rather dark and depressing -- partly b/c many of them take place during the actual Depression. I think the books get progressively better, with Dropsie Avenue being my favorite, as it follows a neighborhood throughout 100 years of history and explores a
Rachael Hobson
Jan 23, 2016 Rachael Hobson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is not for the faint of heart. The trilogy represents the bleak underbelly of the world. Tragedy upon tragedy is thrust at the reader. This graphic novel is a reminder that life sucks. HOWEVER, there are glimmers of hope to be found if the reader knows where and how to look for it. There is success and love within the stories of despair. All the despair crescendos into a lesson that everyone must learn. Yes, life sucks. But what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow or ...more
Jan 03, 2017 O. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-comics
Well, this was a page-turner alright. I never read Will Eisners own work before this one and I had high expectations. After all good comics get an Eisner Award right ? It was even better. This 3 book series was so immersive, so deep and full of flavor, my heart felt heavy reading it.

The Contract With God Trilogy gave me the chance to see how America's great cities evolved in time, I bet this story is the same in every major city, how it was established, how neighborhoods evolved and how people
Justin Lau
Feb 08, 2017 Justin Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eisner is most famous for first coining the term "graphic novel" to describe 'A Contract With God', the first part of this trilogy. There's a reason why he'll forever be revered as one of the pioneers of comics; he creates memorable characters and his art is absolutely stunning. Personally, Part III: Dropsie Avenue is the best of the trilogy, a moving multi-generational portrayal of the constantly changing dynamics and dimensions of a single neighbourhood—it's remarkable how he deftly introduces ...more
Claire Redmond
Devoured over the course of two sittings. Eisner's depiction of change on a New York City street over the decades from the Great Depression through to the letter part of the 20th Century is exceptional. It's been years since I enjoyed a story this much.
May 26, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
What can I say? When Will Eisner was shopping the first book of this trilogy - A Contract with God - around to publishers, he had a bit of a dilemma. What exactly was this book he had created? It certainly used all of the devices of a comic book, but it certainly didn't have any superheros, wasn't necessarily action packed, didn't appeal to kids, and wasn't all that funny. So he dubbed his little four part literary book a graphic novel. Now, I'm not so fond of using that term, with its pretensio ...more
Dec 03, 2016 L.A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cornerstone of your comics collection.

And if it's not, it should be. With "A Contract With God," Eisner invented what people now call the American graphic novel*, so unless you want people who know what they're talking about to look at you askance, an edition is a mandatory purchase. And if you're going to pick up an edition, why not pick up the one that collects all the Dropsie Avenue stories in one volume?

Historical importance aside, you know you've got something special here just from rea
Jan 08, 2016 Agreenhouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been spending a lot of time in the Bronx recently. I purchased a family membership to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, so Jacob and I could make multiple visits to the train show and so we can enjoy some much needed nature. Yes, I travel to the Bronx for fresh air. As my mother often reminds me, the Bronx has the most parkland of any borough. My mother spent a lot of time in the Bronx as a child visiting her maternal grandparents. Her grandfather owned a kosher butcher store, supplying meat to ...more
Matt Mendoza
Jul 17, 2015 Matt Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in a small town, I was privy to space, quiet and relative separation from people who were different from me, a white kid. I had a few minority friends, but not many. Kansas, as you can imagine, is not as diverse as other areas. As I grew older and eventually moved to the big city nearby--the small city of Wichita--I experienced a naive excitement at seeing my first hijab, eating falafel, or walking in a truly urban area. Little did I know what life had prepared for me.
Now, after yea
Nov 11, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Review can also be found on my blog:

This epic book is considered the first graphic novel and was written by Will Eisner, whom the Eisner Awards are named after in honor of all his contributions to the world of comics.

Part I: A Contract With God– Four stories make up this Part I, all which are linked thematically with recurring issues of disillusionment and classism issues. The namesake story A Contract with God is about a devout Jewish man gives up his fa
I picked up The Contract with God Trilogy from my library recently since I had been reading a lot of graphic novels as of late & I wanted to learn more about this Will Eisner guy that keeps getting name-dropped. All of the stories in this book follow the inhabitants of tenements in the Bronx, specifically 55 Dropsie Avenue. These are stories about the immigrant experience in America, pursuing a better life with new opportunities, navigating societal obstacles & trying to find the meaning ...more
I feel like I say the same things in a lot of my graphic novel reviews, and I'm about to do it again. This is the work of a master cartoonist, who spent his life perfecting his craft, and it shows. The pages are gorgeous, with inventive, clever layouts (notice the almost complete lack of traditional panel borders!), masterful facial expression and body language, fluid storytelling, detailed line work, the whole nine. You could spend hours picking apart each page filled with those vivid images of ...more
Joseph R.
Will Eisner had a long, successful career in comics before he was able to publish these three books. He had written and drawn for newspapers, comic books, and training materials. His style of writing was not considered appropriate for serious drama. Thus these serious dramas about life in a New York City neighborhood were deemed unpublishable in the early 1970s. He finally got the first volume published and it became a critical hit, creating a new branch of the comic book industry--"graphic nove ...more
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Just finished the trilogy.

Blogged about it on my blog and wrote reviews about individual book.

Amazing how far graphic novels have gone in less then 35 years.

Here is the blogpost:

Here is the part of the post on the trilogy:

So decided I will talk about the book I just finished Will Eisner’s “The Contract With God Trilogy”. This took a while to read. The first and third books I read quite quickly. The middle book “A Life Force” took much, much longer.

“A Cont
David Rush
Aug 26, 2011 David Rush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally got around to reading Contract With God and the rest of the trilogy. Often named as a milestone in the development of the graphic novel, I found the title book to be the weakest. Contract With God seems to me a little forced. Would anybody really think a contract you write yourself would get a binding result from God. Eisner full all of the books with Jewish flavor which I probably shouldn't comment on. BUT, I kind of thought Jewish history was filled with God's people having unfair ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Mylesgorton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Dropsie Avenue before (many times) I had high hopes of this volume which presents two "prequels" to Dropsie Avenue. Its fair to say that they are prequels only in that they were published earlier and are set in the same location - Dropsie Avenue, which is the third work included in this trilogy, actually covers a longer time period than either of the other two works and the time periods they cover are within that range. Anyhow - the two earlier works are different in styke, including ...more
Sep 16, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Bedford Forrest, Eisner got there firstest with the mostest. A Contract with God, it is generally agreed, was the first graphic novel ( Lynd Ward and others had constructed complex narratives from pictures, but this, apparently, was the first book-length comic book for grown-ups), and the new format seems to have sprung, like Athena, fully-formed from Will Eisner's head. Comprising four astringent, bitterly twisty tales of Jewish-American tenement life in which No-one Is Minding the Store, ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Aligator rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been thinking about why I dislike this book. It has great art from THE father of graphic novels as well as good pacing and interesting ideas and themes. No one quite handles layouts like Eisner and his style is instantly recognizable. I find the idea of exploring how a neighborhood changes throughout decades very interesting and it's executed quite well here even if the timeline is a bit confusing sometimes. What I don't like about this book has to be that it seems to lack cohesion. The par ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Hugo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Es una mirada a la "tenenments" Neoyorkinos de los 30's, edificios que reunen a un monton de gente que viajaron en barco de distintas partes de europa a vivir en edificios que parecen barcos en sus entrañas. Contrato con dios reune cuatro historias, la primera es de un hombre modelo desde su infancia, que ayudaba al projimo y era caritativo, y que firmo un contrato de beneficio mutuo con dios, el cual este ultimo violo al llevarse a su hija. La segunda historia es de un cantante callejero que un ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, comics
Eisner’s trilogy (“A Contract with God,” “A Life Force,” and “Dropsie Avenue”) is widely regarded as a seminal work in the realm of graphic novels. I enjoyed it, though might have liked it more in three installments than one straight read. Parts are brilliant; other parts tedious, repetitive, and, as far as the storytelling goes, hackneyed. The weaknesses dominate in the end. Dropsie Avenue in the Bronx is the setting for all three parts of the book. Gritty, grim, and filled with incidence of vi ...more
James Eckman
May 18, 2014 James Eckman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
Shelves: art, fiction, book-club
The first time I read this in the early Obama age, I thought it was a great historical piece. In the era of assholes the racism, religious intolerance and government corruption it feels current. The title is appropriate in an old testament way, you've got infidelity, spousal abuse, murder, theft, war etc., only incest is missing, Eisner was slacking ;)

The artwork is reminiscent of his early series The Spirit, gritty backgrounds with broadly caricatured people. It's an interesting style, most of
Jon Shanks
Sep 06, 2012 Jon Shanks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "Citizen Kane" of the graphic novel/sequential art World (don't call it a comic book!) and rightly so. Still stands up after all these years as an epic read. It is full of pathos taking the reader through as many emotions as the varied inhabitants of Dropsie Avenue. This volume contains the A Contract With God "Trilogy" of A Contract With God, A Life Force & Dropsie Avenue. The first contains a series of fine vignettes but with nothing that really connects them unlike "A Life Force" in w ...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
  • Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood

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