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

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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 1978)
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Oriana
book #10 for Jugs & Capes! And essay #3 for CCLaP! In fact, someone from Will Eisner Studios actually contacted me to say they enjoyed the review. Neat!

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Ah, Will Eisner. Undoubtedly the father or the modern graphic novel, his influence has been huge and sweeping. I mean, that's what they tell me; I'm sure that 90 percent of the people reading this review know a hell of a lot more about Will Eisner than I do. But I do know that 1978's A Contract With God is an incredibly important work in a
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Alex Cunningham
Jul 27, 2007 Alex Cunningham rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: searchers
Eisner himself admits in his multiple introductions to this volume that "A Contract With God" was in some ways an experiment which led him to develop the skills he'd use in a far more serious way on "Dropsie Avenue." "Dropsie Avenue" is indeed the superior work.

That caveat out of the way, "A Contract With God" is one of the more moving, deep, and visually surprising graphic novels ever, despite it being the first. The writing is sensitive, empathetic, and poetically simple. The images are master
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Christopher
When I read really old comics, I'm usually unenthused. Before reading Hergé's Tintin, I heard all about its groundbreaking and influential place in the history of graphic books. But reading Tintin is an altogether disappointing experience. The art is dull and simplistic, the stories are poorly written, and the whole experience is uninspiring. I'm sure that someone smarter than me can explain its merits, but they are not self-evident.

A Contract with God, however, is the exact opposite. It does no
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Josh
Mar 03, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the non-violent sides of Stray Bullets and Scorcese
Shelves: comics
Considered to be the first graphic novel, this tells the story - in 4 parts - of New York circa the Great Depression. The characters are caricatures of lives from Eisner's past, and while it is a primarily Jewish neighborhood, I think anyone with a brain and heart pumping blood, etc can identify with the scenese painted here. It tackles those subjects that stuff like "The Wire" still tries (and fails) to capture today - those sinews that bind each life together, and ultimately keep them bound if ...more
logankstewart
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
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Brad
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.
João Carlos
A 26 de Fevereiro de 2015 teve início a publicação do primeiro volume da nova Colecção de Banda Desenhada Novela Gráfica do Jornal Público em parceria com a Editora Levoir - “Um Contrato com Deus” de Will Eisner (1917 – 2005).
No prefácio da edição Will Eisner refere: “Este livro contém histórias tiradas daquela corrente infindável de acontecimentos tão típicos da vida na cidade. Algumas são verdadeiras. Outras poderiam ser verdadeiras.”
São quatro contos gráficos – “Um Contrato com Deus”, “O Ca
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Henrique Vogado
Uma excelente iniciativa do jornal Público/Editora Levoir, por publicar uma coleção de novelas gráficas.
E começa bem com um inédito em Portugal do Will Eisner.
As estórias são muito boas, à volta do bairro da juventude do autor nos anos 30 do século XX. Gosto muito do grafismo, da composição e do desenho. Ponto negativo para as alterações nas feições dos personagens em cada situação. As personagens não estão muito bem definidas visualmente.
Um livro pioneiro.
Artur Coelho
Um homem pio e virtuoso, de luto pela morte da filha adoptiva, rasga o contrato que firmara com o seu deus e dedica-se a prosperar. Mas a venalidade não o satisfaz e regressa aos caminhos do virtuosismo, para falecer fulminado por um ataque cardíaco quando decide renovar o seu contrato com a divindade. Uma diva perdida, afastada de fenecidas luzes da ribalta, encontra na voz de um cantor de rua uma possibilidade de regressar aos palcos. Oferece-lhe comida, promessas e o seu corpo, que o homem es ...more
Shantanu
I picked this book on my first visit to a public library, when I almost robbed their entire graphic novels section. I was picking up anything that looked remotely interesting(given that I am not a man of many books) and somehow this book made the list of 30 books that one is allowed to rob.

I had not heard of Will Eisner before and it was only in the Preface of this book did I realize that this book is considered(albeit controversially) one of the precursors of the modern graphic novel(if there
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Agne Jakubauskaite
Apr 15, 2015 Agne Jakubauskaite rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of graphic novels
Recommended to Agne by: Panels & Pages Book Group
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

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
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Jill
Jul 23, 2008 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jewish history
I read this for a course I'm taking at the local library in July about Jewish literature, identity and imagination - the course is being taught solely through graphic novels. So far, the course is terrible, but this book was intriguing. Since I'm not Jewish, I didn't have a ton of context behind my reading. I found the main story to be allegorical - man is good, makes a contract with god, which all Jews have from birth. Life takes a bad turn, man loses faith and, in the story, literally tosses i ...more
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
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
Karen
This is intense. The storytelling is strong and is matched with expressive art. Among other things, I appreciated the use of space: the arrangement of panels and the interplay of lettering and drawing. The subject matter, the characters, the setting make this a substantial collection of tales--real stories, human stories. My favorite was the multifaceted drama of "Cookalien." The title story, "Contract with God," was intense, thought-provoking. "The Street Singer" I didn't like as much but for t ...more
Harun Harahap
Dari buku ini terdapat empat cerita:

1. Kontrak dengan Tuhan: Seseorang yang kecewa terhadap keadaan yang menimpanya. Kecewa terhadap Tuhan yang ia sembah dan yakini. Ketika dikecewakan, maka apakah ia akan tetap bertahan atau melawan?

2. Penyanyi Jalanan: Ketika minuman keras merusak akal, masalah akan datang bertubi-tubi.

3. Sang Pengawas: Bagaimana cara kita memandang sebuah masalah? Menuruti apa kata hati atau emosi yang dikedepankan?

4. Cookalein: Ketika sudah putus asa dan malas menghinggapi.
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Elizabeth A
This is the first book in The Contract With God Trilogy, and is considered to be the first graphic novel. I am reading a wonderful edition, one that collects the entire trilogy, with an introduction by the author, and some new art.

A Contract with God contains four short stories, all examining various characters and life on Dropsie Avenue in the Bronx, a primarily Jewish neighborhood. In the title story a young Russian Jew escaping the progroms finds heartbreak in his new country, and in his grie
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miaaa
Menarik melihat bagaimana pergulatan hidup manusia sehari-hari digambarkan dengan apik oleh Eisner. Belajar sedikit juga tentang budaya dan kebiasaan Yahudi. Jadi siapa pun yang meremehkan novel grafis dengan alasan tidak intelek, dude you don't know what you're missing!
Praxedes
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
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Marie
A Contract with God was the first piece to be labelled a "graphic novel," and Will Eisner popularized the term. Eisner was trying to "elevate" the status of comics (and succeeded, I would say). He led the charge to innovation and literary aspirations in the genre. It's a funny coincidence, then, that so many comics enthusiasts and scholars deride the term "graphic novel" as a "sell out" attempt to mainstream and legitimize comics. It's like the phrase "graphic novel" is the Fake Geek Girl meme o ...more
Hilary
Well, that was extraordinarily tense and unexpected. I've tried to The Spirit before, but never took much of a liking to it; due to that, I was hesitant about picking up A Contract With God. A friend recommended it to me, though, so I felt a bit bound to go through with giving it a try. I'm actually rather happy that I did.

While comics like Maus take a view of the Holocaust and bring it home in the graphic form, A Contract With God did wonders with the dirty 30s tenement lifestyle. The art was f
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Artur Coelho
Will Eisner dispensa apresentações. Lenda do mundo dos comics, notabilizou-se pela criação do personagem The Spirit, que ganhou um lugar na história do medium pela forma como o autor inovou os cânones da BD. Com um virtuosismo gráfico assinalável, adaptou a linguagem cinematográfica recriando, com isso, o modo de contar histórias em comics e tornando-se uma referência para os restantes autores.

No final da sua carreira, começou a publicar obras mais intimistas e pessoais. A Contract With God é a
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Helen
In the four short stories contained in A Contract With God, Eisner examines life in the 1930’s Bronx tenements that sprung up in New York after WWI. These neighborhoods accommodated the influx of immigrants and bred a close neighborliness ripe for mining stories. Eisner does this brilliantly.

In the title story, a young Russian Jew has come to American to escape the pograms that were sweeping through his country. When tragedy strikes, he becomes bitter, rejects the contract he had made with God,
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John C. Baker
Will Eisner (1917-2005) was probably the most-influential comics creator from which most casual fans had never read anything. Unlike publicity hounds like Stan Lee, trendsetters like Jack Kirby or unsung heroes like Julius Schwartz and Carl Barks, Eisner has flown beneath the popular radar.

But his influence was so great that the comics industry’s equivalent of the Oscars — awarded each year at Comic-Con — is known as the “Eisners.”

Eisner’s most-famous creation was the noir-ish hero The Spirit, w
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mahatma
orang yahudi.
tinggal di apartemen miskin.
punya hubungan akrab dengan tuhannya.
yang naik turun iramanya.

ia bikin kontrak dengan tuhan.
sebagai bentuk totalitasnya untuk selalu berhubungan erat dengan tuhannya. ia hidup sebagaimana diminta oleh ajaran agama. taat dalam iman.
tapi,
tidak selalu kontrak itu membuat hidupnya enak.
ia tulis kontrak itu di atas batu.
lalu sesudahnya ia lemparkan ke luar jendela, di malam hujan badai, sambil memaki-maki tuhannya, ketika tuhan membiarkan anaknya perempuan mat
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Bryan
SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:

"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...
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Tina
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
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Nicole
A Contract with God is a 3 part series, in which, Eisner tells the stories of his once neighborhood. Changing here and there, tweaking this and that, to create a creative nonfiction narrative. A Contract with God and Other Tenement stories is book 1 of 3.

I picked this book up yesterday at the library around 7 and began reading at around 8 and I just finished it. I thought it was wonderful for a few reasons.

I am a sucker for tenement/neighborhood stories. Having lived in and out of apartments fo
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Brittany
I LOVE this whole book! It's four short stories, all in graphic novel format, black and white.

I had to pick this up for my "Graphic Novel" class, before which I'd never heard of the book.

The stories here are really amazing. I really connected to it because of the Jewish backgrounds of many of the characters, which is something I'm not used to in comics. The characters were all very unique, mentally and physically (you could tell them all apart very easily, even ignoring their clothing). I loved
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Suhrid Banerjee
Will Eisner is called the Eisenstein of comic books. Read this and lot of his other books and you will realize why
Derek Lubangakene
Wow. This was such an amazing book, I reached the end of it and still wanted more. It's one of those books that I''ve had to read in one sitting, which is a big taboo for me, I always endeavour to pace myself however short a book is, no matter how locked-in I am. But this book defied that. It demanded I consume it whole rather than in bits broken by intermittent bursts of contemplation and retrospection. It's not just enjoyable, but clever. well written. The minimalistic style, the amazing art, ...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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The Contract With God Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Life Force
  • Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood
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