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Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
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Jun 13, 11

bookshelves: filipiniana, five-star, komiks
Read from June 12 to 13, 2011 — I own a copy

Note: It's recommended for mature readers only due to depictions of violence, sex (hmm?), and complicated adult ideas about the world.

"It's the Great Filipino Novel, with chickens." - Adam David, Philippine Free Press

This is exactly what I thought of this comicbook when I had finished it. When I first started and read the first page, I honestly didn't quite know what to make of it... Reading, however, past page one, I was surprised, shocked, spell-bound by the premise of... well, chickens.

The story is interesting in its depth, humanity, depravity, poverty and warmth. It's so close to the heart, I could feel the emotions pour from every page. I enjoyed the details of the art, of how it was able to portray so well the wrath, joy, sadness of the characters moving in, out, between the story. The story may be called "simple", and probably even "not original"... But it was still quite refreshing to read it from a different perspective.

A thought-provoking read, something I could definitely chew on for quite some time. Bravo.
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