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A Child's Life by Phoebe Gloeckner
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Nov 22, 09

bookshelves: 2009, comix
Read in November, 2009

This was a very interesting read-- Gloeckner's art is fantastic (I never realized she was responsible for the illustrated Atrocity Exhibition), and her stories hit hard. Although, on that note, I really expected this to be some heavily victimized, sentimental take on the abusive childhood schtick, but instead, as Crumb himself sets the tone of the book with his introduction ("I wanted to fuck her!"), all the stories, though really actually terrible in subject matter, are filtered through a level of humor, with Gloeckner reaffirming that she's not just a victim, that she's moved on. And it's this element that makes it better than similarly touted tales (particularly the Oprah-endorsed kind).
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