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Bread and Wine

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  202 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Award-winning science fiction author Samuel Delany and Dennis, a homeless New Yorker selling books from a blanket, discover sexual joy and explode stereotypes while exploring the possibilities for compassion and acceptance in this moving graphic novel -- all the more touching because it's true.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Juno Books
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A (literally) gritty but heartfelt true story of an unusual romance. More proof about the power of love and humanity.
A wonderful, extremely atypcial gay love story in graphic novel form. An absolute must-read.
Terence Blake
Feb 21, 2016 Terence Blake rated it really liked it
This is an endearing love story, well-told and an enjoyable read. Despite the sensational surface (famous black gay SF writer falls in love with unknown and dirty homeless man on New York streets) this graphic novel tells a typical love story. The chance encounter of members of different worlds, the unexpected pairing of minds and bodies, the hesitations and enthusiasms, the mythic resonances and the banal homeliness. The title comes from the title of a poem by Holderlin, which is cited from the ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He said it better:

"It is perhaps the most entirely moving piece that he has ever written, this in one of the most deeply felt bodies of work to grace contemporary literature." -- Alan Moore

Jul 30, 2013 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't be fooled by the secondary title of this Graphic Novel, this is not erotica. It's a love story.

Samuel R. Delany writes the true tale of how he met his current partner, Dennis, and Mia Wolff illustrates the very plain and simple prose with gorgeous drawings that shift between detailed realism and simple sketches. All of this combines for a wonderful love story without extra bells and whistles. Just something nice. In some ways, it is reminiscent of (my memory of) The Sound of Waves by Yukio
Apr 29, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time, there exist a love story full of intimacy without romance. In Bread & Wine, the love story of Samuel Delany and Dennis Rickett crosses the social normative boundaries that exist in gender, class, and romance. Samuel and Dennis are just two men from different classes that sparked a connection in the streets of New York City one early morning. Although this love story on paper may be argued as being non-relatable to the mass because of its interweaving of class, gender, and ...more
Fredrik Strömberg
A beautiful autobiographical love story, told tenderly in sparse black and white drawings that reminds me a bit of Frank Stack's drawings for Harvey Pekar's seminal graphic novel Our Cancer Years.

This is a great little story of an author who befriends a homeless person and ends up moving together with him. It’s told in a quiet, subdued way, interspersed with literary quotations and it’s made even better by the fact that it's all true. The book (I read the Swedish version of the new edition) con
Austin Hartman
May 01, 2008 Austin Hartman rated it it was amazing
This is one author that I could fully write a list called "a million and one reasons I love them..."
I thought Delany was an amazing author, then I saw him naked standing next to giant penguins...most beautiful thing ever.
Sep 26, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommended to Becky by: The New York Public Library
Very lovely book, in all aspects. I'm so pleased it's a true story. It's simple and complex in all the right ways.
Dec 08, 2014 Moth rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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Dec 18, 2010 Caren rated it really liked it
What a great story! Not very believable until you find out it's true. Then, very lovely!
Jan 23, 2016 Ming rated it really liked it
This was nice and simply told love story. I think Delany's very clear and sensible writing and Mia's (sometimes) more fantastical illustrations work well with each other.

This is a cynical thought, but I did wonder if Dennis was actually attracted to Delany, or even men in general since Delany is practically his ticket off living on the streets. In any case though, the amount of sex that these two guys had probably ought to rest these little doubts in my head.

Side-note: I could've done without Al
Nov 19, 2008 Leilani rated it it was amazing
An incredibly honest love story.
Gareth Schweitzer
Jan 13, 2015 Gareth Schweitzer rated it it was ok
Great as a biographical document, but rubbish as a graphic novel!

Delaney's The Mad man is a much more interesting read in relation to this subject!
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May 21, 2016 alyssa ortiz marked it as to-read
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Jul 30, 2013 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphical
A documentary graphic novella that beautifully illustrates how love can be found in the most unlikeliest places. Alt-alt-sci-fi guru Delany meets a homeless man, Dennis, selling used books off a blanket on the streets of New York. He strikes up a conversation, they test their sexual compatibility, and twenty-five years later they are a still a happy couple. The drawings by Wolff are full of detail, clear, sometimes lovely, and service the story admirably.
This is a tender love story that defies description and convention. I love the way the artwork is crude and masterful, cartoonishly humorous and yet dead serious, sometimes all in the same page. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. This is a special, special book.
Buck Doyle
Dec 14, 2013 Buck Doyle rated it it was amazing
I probably give too many 5-star reviews amirite?


I took a break from my speed-read of Delany’s epic novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders to read this, which came to the door yesterday. Short, beautiful.

Actual physical object available for lending!
Dec 28, 2013 flannery rated it really liked it
This was pretty alright. The story's pretty scant and there are no surprises here but there is a pretty cute photo on the back. Also some pretty X-rated stuff in the middle so if you think Samuel Delany looks like sci-fi Santa be prepared.
Feather Mista
Mar 09, 2010 Feather Mista marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Feather by: Alan Moore
No recuerdo cuándo agregué este libro, pero seguramente haya sido sólo porque la introducción es de Alan Moore. Aun así, estuve viendo la temática y pinta interesante, así que con suerte lo termine leyendo en algún momento de mi vida.
Edward Rathke
Sep 19, 2013 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing
Though quite short, this is a beautiful book with awesome imagery. Probably mostly for people who are just really into Delany, but I'd still recommend it to anyone in need of a nice lovestory.
Ian Callaghan
Nov 06, 2012 Ian Callaghan rated it it was amazing
This is a very cute and uncommon love story between a university professor and a homeless man. It's also a true story. I recommend it.
Jul 25, 2013 Dancomfort rated it it was amazing
Excellent graphic novel about how Delany met Dennis, a homeless man, who became his partner for over two decades.
Anna Bongiovanni
Apr 04, 2016 Anna Bongiovanni rated it it was amazing
Touching comic that intersects race and class and societal norms in a sweet love story.
Jul 20, 2013 MariNaomi rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, memoir
An unusual (and unusually sweet) love story. It warmed the icy cockles of my heart.
Dec 20, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A nicely illustrated story of love, and companionship.
Jun 14, 2013 Twan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Mucky men.
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Samuel Ray Delany, also known as "Chip," is an award-winning American science fiction author. He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy & Delany Funeral Home, on 7t ...more
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