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Black Hole by Charles Burns
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Jun 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in June, 2010 — I own a copy

This book is a dark morbid adventure that takes place within the essence of high school lives in a Seattle town 1970s. In many ways, the metaphors in its stories can apply to alot of generations in terms of alienation and paranoia. There's alot of imagination about a plague sweeping across the town but it's really unclear how much of the plague is paranoia about intercourse or a bad induced trip. The sense of skin peeling and massive physical changes are what seems to dominate the nightmares (often, it is challenging to tell what is a nightmare and what is real). Of course, being an adolescent means you're going to have the most extreme physical growth/changes which can be terrifying to some so it's sort of like Burns picks up on all of these factors and ends up making something extreme and psychotic from them.

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