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Il libro rivelazione di Frederik Peeters, grande talento del fumetto europeo, dopo aver raccolto riconoscimenti nei più importanti festival internazionali, ritorna in una nuova edizione. Un racconto autobiografico dalla sincerità disarmante.
Aprendosi come un diario, PILLOLE BLU ci racconta dell'incontro dell'autore con Cati, e di come la perda di vista per poi ritrovarla,
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 2010 by Kappa Edizioni (first published 2001)
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I have pretty mixed feelings about this book. I know that some of it stems from having higher expectations than what I actually got. It wasn't strictly bad, but I don't know that I enjoyed it that much.

First off, I didn't like the art and found it very off-putting from page one. It really just didn't do a lot for me visually, which can make it pretty hard to enjoy a graphic novel. Then, there's the issue of emotion. Given that this book is a real life love story of a couple where one party has b
Aug 12, 2015 Alessandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que história linda! Tirou várias dúvidas que eu tinha sobre o HIV e me ensinou centenas de coisas novas. Fiquei com um pouquinho de vontade de chorar no final, foi tudo muito bonito. Poética, esclarecedora e sincera :) Leitura recomendada!
Jun 10, 2008 Abbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Fantastic autobiographical comic about author Frederik Peeters and his relationship with his HIV positive girlfriend and her son. Very moving, intense, and an over-all wonderful comic about the lengths one will endure for love. The graphics were neat and Craig Thompson-esque. I especially loved the mammoth near the end.

"when i look backward, i have the impression of happiness, and of a diffuse and permanent pleasure. but i know that it's because of movement, of the close connection between heavy
Seth T.
Dec 14, 2015 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Review of Blue Pills by Frederik Peeters

His eyes are huge. Tremendous balls of a beautiful fury of life. Vibrant with hope and wonder, completely without guile. They are set in his face like saucers from space. Only identifiable at all because they hover so serenely with no intentions toward darting or flight. He looks into you. And about you. And through you. He is amazing. And you have romanticized every bit of him. Even though his eyes, while lovely, are really just normal lovely child-eyes. You have turned him into a unicorn, a ra
Miguel Jiménez
Un libro que me llegó a entretener y conmover como pocos —en un momento me di cuenta que solo daba vuelta y vuelta a las páginas—.

Es una historia de amor, de familia, de la vida y de lo que significa y es el ser humano si hacemos a un lado la maldad y todas esas absurdidades —que te pueden hacer "sentir bien" en un instante pero después desaparece y te das cuenta que estás vacío—. Te va ganando con trama, quizá, no diferente pero sí especial gracias a sus dos protagonistas tan humanos: considera
Jan 29, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Julian
Shelves: comics
An autobiographical comic about a young man who learns his girlfriend and her young son are HIV+. The relationships (between Fred and his gf, his friends, and especially the little boy) are sweet and feel true, and the art is really good. His ink is fluid but nevertheless conveys a great deal of information. That said, the language often feels clunky and overwrought. The artist has a long conversation with a mastadon about his confused feelings about science. He overuses ellipses. There's a lot ...more
Kristen Fiore
May 18, 2012 Kristen Fiore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Pills was an escape from my busy life to a life where someone is suffering from HIV. The story was about a man and his girlfriend who live together, but the woman has HIV. She takes pills that are blue to help her disease. They have a child together, and the child is HIV positive. Throughout the novel, the man explains the everyday troubles they go through because of her HIV. I felt bad for the child when he was little, because he had to take medicine that wasn’t pleasant. He didn’t underst ...more
Elizabeth A
This graphic memoir tells the story of how the author, Fred, met Cati at a party. Time passes. They meet again, and this time connect. As their relationship deepens, Cati tells Fred that she and her three year old son are HIV positive.

Relationships between people are ever so personal, and yet there are universal themes we can all relate to. I really liked the honesty in the telling, and while the black and white brushwork evokes the right mood, I did not love the art. I also think there might b
Zé Wellington
Jan 22, 2016 Zé Wellington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que baita álbum. Todo mundo deveria ler.
If I could give this 3.5 stars I would. I thought the romance between the main characters was sweet and kind, and I loved the Swedish doctor character. I'm not sure if something was lost in the translation, but a lot of the language seems pretty overwrought, and the mammoth bit had me sighing out loud. Still, I would recommend it to anybody who's a fan of the graphic novel memoir.
Sam Quixote
Sep 20, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederik Peeters tells the story of his relationship with his wife Cati and her 3 year old son, both of whom are HIV positive. He meets Cati years after meeting her for the first time to find that since their last meeting she has had a child, been divorced, and contracted AIDS. This doesn't stop him from being with her but we learn of the obstacles that come with it. The cautious beginnings of their physical love, the vigilance of maintaining a normal life for the child despite a regime of pills ...more
Feb 07, 2008 k.wing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sociology bums whose libraries consist of comics and graphic novels.
This graphic novel was very eye-opening. The book/memoir deals with a condition that I have not been remotely exposed to, and feel unfortunate for not having been well educated on those with this condition. Blue Pills helps separate people with HIV/AIDS from their condition. It is so easy to empathize with the feeling that (because an illness is so dangerous and consuming) you have become your illness, and you are just as dangerous and destructive. This book beautifully illustrates the human wit ...more
Ruth Macario
Nov 12, 2014 Ruth Macario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quién me ha visto y quién me ve: yo, leyendo novelas gráficas que amándolas a pesar de lo realistas que son. El club de lectura me está cambiado y me guuuusta. Tanto como me ha gustado este libro. Por desgracia, se me hacen extremadamente cortos y rápidos. O rápidos y cortos. Jo, podrían durar mucho más y seguiría leyendo.
Este en cuestión es una visión de la enfermedad del VIH diferente a la que nos dan, tan catastrófica y horrible.
Cintia Andrade
Esta HQ conta a história de um homem que se apaixona por uma mulher soropositiva que tem um filhinho portador do vírus do HIV também. É muito sensível e bem escrita, mas me incomodou um pouco o fato de que todo o drama é centrado no personagem principal (o próprio autor) e em como ele lida com a doença da namorada e do enteado. Acho que eu gostaria de ouvir um pouco mais a personagem da Cati, que na minha opinião fica ali bem apagadinha enquanto Frederik passa o livro filosofando sobre como lida ...more
As mentioned several times before, the graphic novel is not my genre. However, it was very nice to have a book group book I finished in about three days (rather than three weeks) and which explored an interesting topic. Because the Kenton Book Group is made up primarily of people who don't read graphic novels, we had quite a lively discussion, where I found myself championing the genre. There's some really great "early relationship" stuff in here and though the woman in the group who identifies ...more
Chema Mínguez
Jan 19, 2015 Chema Mínguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Píldoras azules es un itinerario emocional, es música sutil de cámara que transforma el yo del lector en mariposa. Es nadar a braza a favor del cauce de un río, es acercarse al Mar.

Es "apreciar a tiempo las cosas que tienen un final".
Apr 10, 2015 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd, read-2015
Une très jolie histoire. Je ne me suis pas vraiment attachée au couple, en revanche, j'ai adoré le petit garçon.
Cette BD met un vrai coup de poing aux clichés sur le VIH et ses modes de transmission. Et en parlant d'un couple, soit une relation basée sur le contact à la fois amoureux et à la fois sexuel, elle permet à tout le monde de comprendre que si un couple peut vivre une relation plus ou moins normale à moindre risques, alors, les risques de contracter le VIH dans des relations amicales o
Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters' autobiographical novel Blue Pills details the story of his relationship with partner Cati and her young son. They're every bit the normal family apart from one thing; Cati and her boy are HIV positive. Peeters approaches a difficult and sensitive subject with compassion and humour. His artwork is playful and the drawings are cute. The book is full of sentimental moments that aren't sickeningly mushy, such as Peeters and Cati at the hospital with the littl ...more
Avie Stokes
Jul 29, 2014 Avie Stokes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stumbling upon this gorgeous French graphic novel while browsing in the library was such a gift. It is a beautifully ink illustrated short story the evolution of a relationship between a young comic book artist and a woman he just keeps running into...but she gets married, they go their separate ways, until many years later they happen to end up living in the same apartment building and see each other across the room at her flatmate's party.

It looks like the beginning of a classic wild and caref
Mike Keirsbilck
Feb 22, 2014 Mike Keirsbilck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-52-books
I usually don't like (auto)biographies, because it tends to focus on the trivial, and loses touch with the bigger picture. That's why a lot of graphic novels - that often use a first person narration - don't seem to be my cup of tea. And yet, I tremendously love graphic novels - even the seemingly most personal ones. Because, as I read them, they surpass the anecdotal and try to tell something bigger through the eyes of just one person.

At least, the good graphic novels do. The "bad" ones - at le
Feb 17, 2012 Esther rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, bd
L'histoire est touchante et intéressante à lire, mais je n'ai pas vraiment réussi à embarquer dans cette autofiction. J'ai eu de la difficulté avec les dessins, à la fois précis et grossiers. Les yeux disproportionnellement gros de Cati la faisaient ressembler à une extraterrestre. En plus, la promenade en mammouth m'a paru superflue, remplie de moralisations faciles et généralistes qui m'ont semblé mal à propos dans une histoire par ailleurs simple et réaliste.
Andrea Marley
An HIV positive love story that seems like an honest portrayal.. The liner notes mention this is Peeters first book translated into English. ahhhhhhhh thats's French. Much of the dialogue has a sort of difficult flow, very bumpy.
I still don't understand why after knowing this man for so long and having so many boring and snobbish encounters with him, she decides to sort of commit her and her sons life to him? Is it the disease?
May 23, 2015 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
I'm not sure how strong the translation was in this book, I had the feeling I was missing some important cultural references. Other than that, a good read and honest look at loving an HIV+ person. I particularly liked how the adults referred to the girlfriend's HIV+ son a "the little one." Very sweet. I wasn't sure about the scene with the mammoth (or mastadon?).
D.S. West
Though too short to really immerse me, I was touched. How could I not be, when Fred draws Cati's eyes so lovingly? I was taking pictures of individual frames on the bus. You can see he loves her--he makes sure to get the eyes right. Every time. The love radiates off the page at times; I was attracted to her. The character. A two-dimensional, black and white tribute/facsimile, and I had thoughts flicker through the sensorium like passing headlights. Kiss this woman.

Sometimes you need to read a go
Alessandro Vicenzi
Sep 01, 2015 Alessandro Vicenzi rated it liked it
Il voto in realtà sta da qualche parte tra le 3 e le 4 stelle, però forse più vicino alle tre.
Il racconto autobiografico di Peeters della sua vita di compagno di una donna sieropositiva (e di padre adottivo di suo figlio, anche lui sieropositivo) ha il gigantesco pregio di presentare la malattia in una luce che è, per chi è cresciuto negli anni novanta e ricorda il famigerato spot dell'alone viola, un bello scarto da quello che si aspetta. Il sottotitolo dell'edizione inglese è "A positive love-
Dec 23, 2013 Malapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Tierno, duro, romántico, triste, esperanzador... Son muchos los adjetivos que me vienen a la cabeza para describir este cómic que he devorado de una sentada. Muy recomendable.
Oct 16, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Pills is a story about HIV. A topic that I haven't read much about. Most stories that deal with illness and mortality tend to focus on Cancer. But with HIV, it's not just illness and death, it's also a musing on sexuality and relationships. One can't 'catch' Cancer, but you can get HIV.

Peeters personal reflections are illuminating and moving. His personality goes into every thick brush stroke. His narrative can be a bit didactic, but I love how the narrative flows. It's not a straight time
Edward Rathke
May 04, 2015 Edward Rathke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this little book, which was another random library pickup.

Lovely and thoughtful look at the author's own life and his relationship with a woman with HIV. Touches on disease, love, sexuality, fatherhood, and some other interesting topics.

What I liked most about it is its positivity. This isn't about pain and suffering and then eventual acceptance and love. He doesn't go through a heroic moral or physical or intellectual journey to arrive where he is.

He simply falls in love and acce
Maggie Gordon
A beautiful little exploration of the author's experiences falling in love with an HIV positive woman and her young HIV positive son in a time period where the stigma against HIV people was still extremely significant (not to say that it has gone away today, but there's been a significant number of changes to how the disease is managed since). It was extremely wonderful to see the focus of this novel be about the love between the two and how they manage things together, rather than fear-mongerin ...more
Summary: From one of Europe's most acclaimed young comics artists, a deeply personal story that will resonate with all of us who have chosen to love in the face of great challenges One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positiv ...more
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Frédérik Peeters (born 13 August 1974, in Geneva) is a contemporary Swiss graphic novelist. He received his bachelor of arts degree in visual communication from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués in Geneva in 1995. Peeters currently lives with his partner Cati, her son, and their daughter in Geneva.

His autobiographical graphic novel Blue Pills received the Polish Jury Prize at the Angoulême Int
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