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Renée

(Lucille #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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Published January 5th 2011 by Futuropolis
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David Schaafsma
Renee is the sequel to Parisian comics artist Debeurme's Lucille, and I understand there is to be a third. From my glance at Goodreads ratings and reviews, people mostly dislike this trilogy because they find the novel complex and grim, and they don't like any of the characters.

Lucille is about an anorexic teenaged girl and Arthur, OCD, downtrodden by his drunken father. In Renee these stories continue, though Lucille has moved back in with her mother and Arthur is in jail. And of course now we
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Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
"There are mystical knives that bury themselves in the flesh of young girls beneath the weight of a boy."

Review to come.
amomentsilence
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well I guess part of my confusion came from the fact that I didn't know it was a sequel. The rest of the confusion came from the highly abstract storytelling and equally abstract and highly disturbing imagery that littered the pages.

One thing I will say, is that this book calls for massive trigger warnings. There are several scenes that could cause alarm to unsuspecting readers.

Although the story - once I finally got into it and realized everything was interconnected - was... interesting, it was
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Derek Royal
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is described as a sequel to Lucille, and obviously it is. It carries on with the stories of Lucille and Arthur, but separately, as the latter is stuck in prison. But the addition of the titular character makes this a very different kind of book that its predecessor. The storyline is threaded, with the narrative following the three main figures and, at times, bringing their stories together. Things become more cohesive toward the end, and I assume that Debeurme will continue things in anothe ...more
Sonic
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A work of terrible beauty.
Ollie
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
You need to buckle up and strap on your helmet, because this book is going to take you on an emotional ride and it’s going to get uncomfortable. Renee should be applauded for getting so many things right in a medium that is honestly either misunderstood or underappreciated for what it can do. Who says comics can’t look fresh and tug at your heartstrings in a disturbing way? There are a lot of ideas floating around in Renee, so maybe it’s best to focus on the ones that work (or I should say the o ...more
Siina
Renée is a strong and haunting sequel to Lucille. Lucille moves back with her mother and her boyfriend Arthur ends up in jail. Then we have Renée, who falls in love with a married jazz musician way older than her, and Renée's life ends up colliding that of Lucille in a dark and twisted way. Debeurme is amazing at portraying the ugly and hollow side of people. The story line is simple and twisted mixing up with dreams and nightmares. The comic is basically nasty and beautiful at the same time. Re ...more
Wayne McCoy
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Renee' by Ludovic Debeurme is part two of a story started in a book called Lucille. There is a various cast of characters and it's the graphic novel equivalent (to me anyway) of an independent film. That means I liked it quite a lot.

The book is told in a series of vignettes that I thought at first were not connected, since I didn't read the first book. Lucille lives with her overbearing mother. Her lover Arthur is serving time in prison. Renee is a new character in this volume and her story fol
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Jarrah
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Renée, the sequel to Lucille, continues the main characters' life stories, still bleak and tragic and violent with Arthur now in prison. A third story is added and interwoven, that of a young, self-harming woman named Renée, who has started an obsessive love affair with a married jazz musician.

First, potential readers should have a content warning about themes of depression, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders, sexual violence and child abuse. Renée felt more extreme and shocking than the firs
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Dan Clark
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was one of those reads I was happy to end. It is well crafted no doubt but just an overload of dread seeping in every page to the point of exhaustion. I longed for escape. Maybe that's the point but man this was brutal to go through.
David Thomas
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Part tragic romance, part regular-type tragedy, all of it peppered with bits of surrealism.
Stef
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
No, no, no. Not for me at all. Miserable characters doing nothing but stewing in their misery, and though the art is done well, it’s unpleasant.
Betsy Cutler
Strange
Andrew
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had to restart this book because I didn't realize it was a sequel. After reading Lucille, this book made more sense, in terms of character, approach, plot, style, etc.

How to put into words my feelings about this book? At times it's transcendent. As a graphic novel, the seemingly surreal elements (which intensify in this second volume) are easier to work with, and indeed this is a very good use of the unique quality of such graphic elements.

Both volumes are poetry, prose, and liberated graphi
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Jennifer
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first I didn't understand what was happening with this book. It seemed so random. And so odd and violent. Little did i know that what it is all about is processing and understanding some horrible past violence. As a meditation on living with trauma, this book was truly magnificent. Oi, frightening but beautiful art.
Sal
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC Copy provided by Net Galley.

I stand somewhere between three and four stars on this one. I came in having no idea what to expect but itching to read a graphic novel. With comparisons to both Craig Thompson and Daniel Clowes, I was intrigued. I see more Clowes in the story, but I see more of Thompson in the art style.

Anyway, this is the sequel to a previous graphic novel called Lucille, which I had not read, so I was entering this story en media res. Still, I read it, and things began to make
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Theediscerning
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was going to point out that this book took some time to settle into place in my mind while I was reading it; I've since found out it's a sequel so I guess that should have been a clue. And anyway, it's a little unusual to talk about a book taking time to settle, when you rattle through all 500 of these pages in under an hour. Dialogue is slight, and loosely attributed via crows-foot arrows. This is very much a visual read (again, a seemingly ironic statement when so many of the pages are blank ...more
Evilblacksheep
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
ARC copy provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, when I picked this book from NetGalley, I had no idea this was a sequel to a previous book called Lucille, which I didn't read. I'm not sure if this had an influence on the experience I had reading Renee, but I tend to think so as it was highly confusing at first.

It took me a good third of the book to even understand what was going on, if not more. Actually, I'm still not sure of everything that was going on. There is
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Terri
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Renee is a haunting graphic novel that follows a number of storylines from Renee's infatuation with a jazz musician to the waiting game Lucille is playing waiting for her beloved Arthur to get out of prison. The artwork is great, a mix of simple and detailed, realistic and surreal to show the characters' complex feeling. I also like that the artist doesn't try to squeeze these twisting plots into panels—that would make this a much different book.

What I wasn't too happy about is that the plot is
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Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
This graphic novel reads like a literary novel. The illustrations are stark but strong, reminiscent of what a reader might imagine while reading the prose. The first half of the book has a lot of darkness. Renee is a sequel to the Graphic novel Lucille and though I suggest reading it , you can get the gist of the story from this book.

This is a rough read. for the first hundred or so pages I really didn't know if I could continue. Renee is involved in a very unhealthy affair with an older man. W
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Brian Rothbart
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“Rene” the new graphic novel by Ludovic Debeurme. This is a sequel to his prize-winning graphic novel “Lucille”. “I think I am a river that must, now and then, be allowed to run….” The artwork is simple, stark but powerful and evocative. It is truly moving. “Rene” follow three lovers , mixing between dreams and reality. The heart of the message is the universal search for love. “Usually I never think about the emptiness all around me. But now I feel like it’s bigger than I am.” The characters d ...more
Erin
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a DRC for this review.

I spent most of the first half of this book with no idea what was going on or who all of these characters were. I'm still not sure that I understand everything that was happening in this story, but I did like how it tied together at the end. The graphics focuses heavily on the body, frequently distorting or distending it as characters obsess over the flaws in themselves and others. It was meant to be off-putting, a conscious choic
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Miss Penny
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Renee is a sad and haunting dark graphic novel about human misery. This book is a sequel to the author's Lucille. I did not know that when I read it so it was highly confusing.

Renee is seeing Pierre, a married jazz musician twice her age. There's different stories in this book, mainly related to characters of the first book. The graphics focus a lot on the body, distorting as the characters obsesses over their flaws.

I personally didn't like the book, I wasn't expecting it to be a sequel and be
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J.T.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The drawings in this book are simultaneously absolutely gorgeous, disturbing and nightmarish. I'd read Lucille (the prequel to this volume) quite a while ago, so I didn't remember the storyline to that one while reading this. It works as a stand-alone story, but after reading a synopsis of Lucille I got some deeper meaning out of Renée.

This volume focuses on several supremely f*cked up individuals whose lives intersect. Debeurme's use of surreal imagery to reflect the character's inner emotions
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Blair
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This follow-up to Lucille is very impressive. It's kind of a sequel to the earlier work and includes the characters of Lucille and Arthur but the focus is on a new character, Renée, whose life eventually intersects with the other two. Like Lucille it is disturbing at times, but Debeurme goes further in this graphic novel with his artwork and shows a willingness to go into surreal dream/imaginative sequences and some high-flown prose.
Gizzard
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Very sad book, but with an amazing use of the graphic media. The drawings are amazing at expressing emotions. Also one of the few graphic memoirs that don't appear to be geared towards teenage boys.

This book has very heavy topics and could be triggering.

I received temporary access to this for free from a review site.
Molly
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sad, beautiful, and deeply unsatisfying in that nothing is much resolved. I think that's the point, though. And I definitely should have read Lucille first, because I did not realize that this was a follow-up/sequel of sorts.
Nissa
Jan 11, 2016 added it
Haunting, disturbing, beautifully drawn...but not for the faint of heart.
WendyMcP
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Debeurme draws people ugly. And he says so. Simple lines and his potent use of white space to create mood, movement of time, and the solitary human condition. Disturbing, provocative, superlative.
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