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La comica tragedia o la tragica commedia di Mr Punch

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  5,490 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Al mare, in una malinconia galleria dei divertimenti, un ragazzino incontra il misterioso burattinaio con un oscuro passato e una donna che si guadagna da vivere recitando la sirena. Presto le loro vite si intrecciano, le loro storie si rivelano, e il ragazzo è costretto ad affrontare segreti di famiglia,strani burattini e un incubo di violenza e tradimento in una fiaba ne ...more
Hardcover, 92 pages
Published October 2005 by Mondadori (first published 1994)
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Mar 06, 2008 Austin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman Fans.
Recommended to Austin by: I Picked It Up On A Whim.
In the late '80's / early-'90's, when the comics industry was going through another one of it's "growth spurts" that caused all sorts of chaos and speculation with regards to the future of the medium, everyone was scrambling for a way to take advantage of a market that suddenly had a lot of publicity but not much new product. Every publisher launched a number of new titles and developed many new ideas - often letting writers and artists go nuts - in an effort to be the first to have something ne ...more
The book was lent to me by a friend and also if I didn't know the title, it was enough a look to the author to understand that I was holding another unforgettable story. Neil Gaiman is now a certainty and once again i'm not disappointed.
The atmosphere is one of the darkest that I've ever encountered in his work and the author draws us, through the memories of a man, in the darkest depths of his family. His memories are reported through the eyes of himself as a child and scrutinized by himself as
Mar 24, 2009 André rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants something more than just another graphic novel
Shelves: sequential-art
I bought this book as a present for a great friend of mine, but I couldn't help but read it before I actually gave it to her.
The cover is itself a work of art and the illustrations and overall design are just perfect. They are as adequate to the way the story is told as I have ever seen. (though I admit I haven't read many graphic novels and my opinion might be biased)The novel is a work of genius.
You see the narrator both as a young boy and the adult he became, telling you some events of his e
The only time I've read anything or seen anything related to Mr. Punch before was in Diana Wynne Jones's The Magicians of Caprona. All that happened was that the boy and girl main characters were changed into Punch and Judy and had to perform for the Duchess and Duke. Even with Gaiman explaining the Punch and Judy puppets and background/plot through a character explaining it to the main character (a boy, the narrator), I still find this book confusing. It's nicely told from a child's perspectiv ...more
Disturbing. Memory is both the most painful thing and the saddest. Gaiman's words and McKean's images are perfection.
Suad Shamma
I've just recently started to delve more into the world of Graphic Novels, and so far I've read mostly Neil Gaiman's work. Did I enjoy this book? Yes, absolutely. But did I think it was amazing? Not really.

I was a little confused with the storyline, I was never sure where it was going or what was happening half the time. It did come off as very creepy and sinister, which is what it was supposed to be, so it gets points for that. However, the storyline overall seemed to lack something. I didn't
It’s common knowledge around these parts (that is, my house) that I am not a fan of dolls. This includes those cute (to some) little baby dolls girls get when they’re little, marionettes and puppets, expensive porcelain figurines or angels, and basically any kind of a doll in photographs or books. They’re all creepy to me.

I’m crazy, I know.

There was one instance I remember, back when I was just a wee gal, where I actually cried and cried because my best friend’s grandma hand-made a doll for me.
I nomi Gaiman e McKean, associati, dovrebbero stimolare l'acquolina a qualunque fan a prescindere.

Ma quando si prende in mano un volume (libro? fumetto? graphic novel? difficilissimo catalogarlo) come “La comica tragedia o la tragica commedia di Mr. Punch” ogni più rosea aspettativa viene tranquillamente superata.

Perché di nuovo il genio di Gaiman ci porta in mezzo alle nostre paure, di nuovo ci trasporta a vedere cose che già conosciamo mostrandocele come non ce le ricordavamo più.

In questo cas
The essence of memory is that we rarely get right to the heart of the matter. Something floats up into our thoughts and teases out a recollection. If that recollection has an emotion attached, then we are pulled down deeper towards other memories. As those memories gather about us, the world is recreated for us as it once was. Or at least how we saw it once upon a time. Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean’s MR. PUNCH is all about how we access memory. The story starts with shallow memories, brief bits ...more
Sarah Sammis
The closest I've come to seeing a Punch and Judy show is a recreation of an Italian commedia dell'arte performance. Punch comes from Pulcinella who then became Punchinello and finally Punch. The show standardized in the Victorian era. In 1827 John Payne Collier published a playbook for Punch and Judy professors called The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy and claimed it was told to him from Giovanni Piccini.

It's that playbook that forms the foundation for Neil Gaiman and Dave
Neil Gaiman values memories like an evil queen that can actually hold them in jars. He's a master at crafting a coming-of-age tale that doesn't feel like it is what it is. Instead, this was an ominous, poetic take on the retelling of boyhood while weaving in and out of a Punch and Judy show (which I only just learned was a thing). It's beautifully written and strikes up the balance that Gaiman can do so well of not only hiding his other hand but letting you wonder if he even has another hand. It ...more
An adult nostalgically recollects childhood events that seem mysterious...could be The Ocean at the End of the Lane, right? Well, no, because this story is not fantastical and is very short, not to mention being in the form of a comic book.

For me, the atmospheric, almost disturbing illustrations by McKean were the best aspect of the book. The story itself I found uninspired and just as with The Ocean at the End of the Lane the childhood nostalgia aspect was detrimental. I'm not quite clear why t
Deeply moving and stunningly drawn/photographed/imaged (I'm not actually sure how to describe the artistry). Not one for children, but I have never been a fan of the domestic violence of the punch & judy show (and have poetry written 25 years ago to prove it!). I strongly recommend this book to everyone; enlightening, horrifying, tragic and funny. Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean are at the top of their game here.
Darker than dark, even by Vertigo standards. Gaiman and McKean are at the height of their powers here.
Ricardo Santos
Mais um acerto entre a parceira Gaiman/Mckean. Conta-se a estória de um menino solitário e melancólico que vai passar alguns dias na casa dos avôs e como ele se envolve com um estranho boneco de pano. O texto é conduzido por uma poesia dura que consegue transmitir todo o peso de uma infância sombria, de um menino já cheio de questionamentos e frustrações. Outro aspecto interessante do roteiro de Neil Gaiman é a constante incerteza das coisas, afinal o protagonista é um homem adulto que relembra ...more
The classic Punch and Judy story is a real strange tale and one I find quite fascinating. It revolves around a truly evil and absolute madman who murders most of the cast he meets throughout the play and finally the devil himself appears to try to drag him to hell. You have all of this horrid stuff going on and the show is for children which seems completely at odds with the content. Twisted.

In this version, Gaiman has set the Punch and Judy story amidst another tale of one man remembering snipp
As an exercise in mood, a Dave McKean showcase this is excellence. Damn, that Dave McKean guy, he can take out of focus pictures of creepy puppets like no-one's business, amiright!?

And its a nice edition. Good paper. Good ink. Well bound, I guess. As a coffee table geek-lit art object it does its work.

But if there's a point to all the words on these pages Gaiman was too close to it to make it stick. I've heard it said this is his favorite thing he's ever written. Or was, maybe? The Ocean at the
Oooh, I just hated this. Weird.
Andrew John Pixton
A terrifically creepy and creative short story in graphic novel form. Mckean's artwork is really innovative as a combination of photography of real objects combined with drawn work. I'd wished I'd known more about Punch and Judy shows. I thought the show depicted in this book was following a new plotline, instead it's a variation of one of many. The shows started in 16th Century England, flourished in Victorian age, spread to Paris, and then North America. It had common themes and characters but ...more
Federiken Masters
Jan 22, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Muchos.
Recommended to Federiken by: Nadie.
-¡Este libro hay que leerlo, leerlo y leerlo!

-¿Hay que leerlo tres veces?
Murray Ewing
The Tom-and-Jerry style violence of Punch & Judy shows — or, perhaps, their lurid, tabloid-style horror candied up as seaside show-biz — hint at the genuine violence, and secret tragedies of the adult world, as glimpsed by the narrator of this dark little tale, when he was a boy. McKean’s collage-like mix of bold, uneasily-skewed drawing and photography that reminds me a bit of Jan Švankmajer’s disturbing version of Alice in Wonderland are perfect for a half-remembered tale from the unhappil ...more
The art in Mr. Punch is irresistible.
Not quite sure what to make of this one. I almost feel like the story would have been fine has a traditional novella and the art would have been fabulous with less text to distract from it. The art is gorgeous and appropriately frightening in all the right places but you're constantly distracted from the art by great chunks of Gaiman's prose. I suppose that's not really much of a criticism in the end. It's an appropriately dark and fantastical story even considering that Punch and Judy shows are ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Un copil care-și petrece vacanța de vară la bunicul său face cunoștință cu un păpușar care pune-n scenă piesa lui Punch. Pe măsură ce evoluează piesa încep să apară și evenimente bine ascune în care se poate observa cum violența și vina i-au marcat pe membrii familiei sale.

Gaiman împletește realitatea în care trăiește puștiul cu realitatea piesei care se joacă pe scena teatrului de păpuși, precum
Luciana Darce
Para ficar no tema de costumes ingleses e fantoches em histórias bastante sanguinárias – ainda que ontem eu tenha deixado Londres para trás e chegado a Paris – um pouco mais de Mr. Punch para vocês, dessa vez na versão de Mr. Gaiman.

Li esse volume na mesma ocasião em que li Sinal e Ruído e devo dizer que aquele mexeu muito mais comigo do que esse título. O tom onírico, memórias costuradas de um passado distante às vezes soa um pouco confuso; as experiências do protagonista também são muito difer
Paul Eckert
The story was pretty good, but what really stands out is the artwork by Dave McKean. The story is illustrated through a mash-up of photography, drawings, and other weird stuff I don't know what to call. End result: awesome.

The puppets used were super creepy, and really made the most impact. The boy in the story is basically brooding the whole time (or so it seems), but the way he and his relatives are drawn seem perfectly fitting.

Gaiman's prose is the narration of the child, now grown up, remi
I heard about this graphic novel in the "On the Ledge" column in the back of an issue of Grant Morrison's The Invisibles though the precise issue I don't recall. The pairing of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean is one that I adore - Mirrormask was particularly good - and I was intrigued by the concept more than I would care to admit. I didn't grow up on Punch and Judy, but I knew enough about it from cartoons to get the general idea.

The story is incredibly dark, as "On the Ledge" warned. The story is
Holy crap this graphic novel was violent and creepy. I think we can all agree there is something really eerie about puppets.
I'm reading a lot of people talk about the artwork, which in itself is awesome, with the little fragments of drawings and real photographs that go so well with the theme of memory and recollection, but let's just stick to the story for a second here.

I feel sorry for the unnamed narrator. The Mr. Punch and Judy show definitely parallels the life of Uncle Morton, like in the
Laura Roberts
I bought this graphic novel as a birthday present for my husband, who rediscovered it in a book about some of the greatest graphic novels of all time. He remembered reading it when he was younger, and liked the visual style.

This morning I gave it a read. While I've read some of Neil Gaiman's other stuff (Coraline, American Gods, Stardust, etc.) and knew it was going to be creepy, I wasn't quite prepared for exactly HOW creepy it was. I mean, the Punch and Judy thing is disturbing in and of itsel
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