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Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
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bookshelves: 2010, graphic-novels
Read in January, 2010

This book was recommended to me and I enjoyed it. Chris Ware's clean, precise artwork is a perfect complement to a story of a lonely middle-aged man (Jimmy Corrigan) who reconnects with the father that abandoned him as a child. Interwoven with the story of Jimmy and his father is the story of Jimmy's grandfather (also named Jimmy Corrigan) and his abusive father set at the time of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. This graphic novel was beautiful to read and provided insight into the mind of man ground down by fear and alienation. The only quibbles I had were that sometimes I found the layout of the panels difficult to follow and the library copy I read had the dust jacket taped on and a pocket for a date due card glued onto the front endpage so I was unable to read everything on the endpages.
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