Now a Major Motion Picture
First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is a prophetic masterpiece--an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century.
The Book Description: First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is a prophetic masterpiece--an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century.
My Review: This comic book...oh dear do pardon, Graphic Novel...was a Yuletide gift, so I sorta hadda look at it and oooh and aaah.
Thing is, I meant it. The film of Howl with yummy-looking intellectual James Franco as Alle...more
The poem is just as viciously powerful as when I first read it; though I can only imagine it would have had more impact when it was published, in 1956. The only detail that marks it as in any way dated is the repeated references to typewriters. The...more
I thought I'd take a crack at this graphic novel of Ginsberg's popular poem, using animation from the motion picture.
I enjoyed the art; and I don't know if Howl was more accessible because of that or because it was the second time I'd read it....more
Ok, let's start with the poem. This is not my first reading of Howl. I was probably a little too young when I read it for the first time though, if I'm being honest. Rereading it as a (slightly) older individual who now knows the context and the history and the back-story, not only of Ginsberg but of the Beat movement as a whole, I can honestly say th...more
Allen Ginsberg captura personas incapturables, marginadas y desprendidas de la realidad. Las abraza, las define y le da sentido a su insabora v...more
I spent quite a bit of time researching it actually. Didn't really know that much about it, truthfully. Thank goodness for the internet - I got a stanza by stanza breakdown of it all, so by the end of it I could actually appreciate it. Also - as an aside - try to read it in the single breathe technique it was written for. Makes a difference on how it actually...more
This review pertains to the 2010 paperback edition, high school use with discretion.
This is a graphic novel based upon Allen Ginsberg’s poem, which was the focus of a landmark obscenity trial in 1956. Judge Clayton Horn ultimately ruled that the poem was not obscene. Divided into three parts, this influential poem challenged intolerance, conformity, and societal limits upon personal freedom.
It starts with:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...
...starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves though the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, (p. 18-19)
This lays out the theme for t...more
Esta adaptação não é precisamente uma obra pensada como uma sinergia entre palavras e ilustração. É uma reciclagem desavergonhada de fotogramas da curiosa animação que integra o filme homónimo, ainda por estrear, que aborda Ginsberg e o momento de...more
Still, my main me...more
Images in this graphic novel were quite literal in their adherence to the words of the poem. So much so that I think my wandering brain suffered for that. The changes from page to page jarred me, especially in Part I.
"Howl" is a better read without pictures at this point.
The final part, the epilogue, nixes my critique with a good mix of imagery that doesn't take the reader out of the poem. (Seriously, th...more
The blending of great art and poetry makes for a new level of understanding of Howl and its important impact on society, and as Ginsberg hoped, makes the acce...more
Una splendida graphic novel che ripropone le eccellenti animazioni ed illustrazioni di Eric Drooker per il film Howl, il film su Allen Ginsberg e la sua più famosa e controversa opera.
Un viaggio allucinato nell'altro lato della società statunitense degli anni Cinquanta, un tour psichedelico tra le pieghe dell'oscuro animo umano, tra visioni celestiali e demoniache, serafini sensuali e demoniac...more