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Blankets by Craig Thompson
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Feb 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: arty-art-art, heart-breaking
Read in February, 2009

I read this in one sitting, and it was the best little vacation I've had in months. The praise on the cover is, for once, precise: this beautiful graphic novel does an unsettlingly good job of recalling the thrill and torture of first loves, the hounded slog of public schools, and the confusion and shame that so often go along with fundamentalist religious upbringings.

Craig Thompson is a wonder; he walks the fine line of emotional honesty and poignancy without becoming precious or trite. His images are tender and lovingly wrought. His characters are familiar and drawn close to the bone. The story itself moves quickly and surely from moment to moment and scene to scene; while it drew more quickly to its end than I was ready for, I felt satisfied and complete once it was finished. I look forward to reading more of his work.

Very strongly recommended.
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