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1920s Paris: Birthplace of the graphic novel?!

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it's not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason's unique new graphic novel.

Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropo
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Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 2011 by Reprodukt (first published 2005)
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David Schaafsma
A reread, with review, finally:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar. . . and yes, this IS the beginning of a (literary) joke, and an hilarious one, depicting these artists 1) as anthropomorphic animals and 2) as graphic novelists. Lots of inside jokes abound, for the literati. Guest appearances from Zelda, Gertrude Stein, to take us back to the left bank in the twenties, ooh la la! But the gang reference is to a bank heist the boys want to p
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Mon
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway, describing his life as a comic artist:
'It's the only thing I know how to do. I can't drive a bus or hit a nail with a hammer. I can tell a story in tiny pictures and fuck up my eyesight a little more every day'

That's all I have to say.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar… no, it’s not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason’s unique new graphic novel. Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but…graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason’s warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four work literary giants work in the comic ...more
Elizabeth A
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, graphix
Book blurb: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it's not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason's unique new graphic novel.

I really love the art in this one, and the story of these giants of literature re-imagined as graphic novelists and their escapades is a quick and fun read. I was especially delighted with the scenes where Gertrude Stein lectures Hemingway, and the fact that everyone is drawn as dogs. And it's all fun
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Hannah (PSIloveThatBook)
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

I think it would be too confusing to try to describe 48 pages in different categories. The thing is when I read the synopsis of this book...well when I saw first few lines I thought it was about famous people and maybe even bit philosophical. Wasn't too thriller. But then I started reading it and it was just hilarious. I laughed so so much. It really is a story of graphic novel creators who have hard time getting money and how they come up with a brilliant pla
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Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Left Bank Gang" is about Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Pound, and Joyce as they struggle in 1920s Paris to make a living as writers. Gertrude Stein makes an appearance as the sage advisor to Hemingway regarding his work - "Don't clutter up the panels with too many words, let the drawings breathe" - as all famous novelists are here presented as famous comics artists with their work as masterpieces of graphic art. Fitzgerald's drinking is highlighted as well as his turbulent relationship with his wi ...more
Liam
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: of-comics
*Spoiler-free review*

I've read most of Jason's work now and I think this is the most family-friendly, funniest and least depressing of them all. It feels more complete and very well-structured scenes in terms of pacing and plot than most of his other works.

However, that's why it doesn't get 5* from me, for where Jason really excels is at unfunny depressing cartoons ('Hey, Wait' or 'Why Are You Doing This').

As an aside, Jason clearly is a bigger fan of Hemingway than the others, as the back cove
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Rob
(7/10) Great concept, so-so execution. I love the idea of reinterpreting literary authors as graphic novelists, and would love to see more done with it. The Left Bank Gang appears at first to be just an exploration of that idea, with our (for some reason) canine authors wandering around Paris, acting like we generally expect our modernist icons to act. And then it turns into a pomo crime story, and I love a promo crime story as much as the next guy (in fact, significantly more than the next guy) ...more
a  Lena
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Pound i Joyce žive u Parizu, ali nisu pisci kakvima ih znamo, nego crtači stripova. Prvi dio mi se jako svidio, radnja se odvija nekako sporo, crtaju, žale se da im loše ide posao i obilaze kafane. Drugi dio gdje kuju plan da opljačkaju banku mi se manje sviđa, prenabacano je za moj ukus. Jason me dosta puta znao zadiviti, ovdje ne baš, ali sve u svemu simpatična ideja.
Leonardo
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-digital, graphics
Este tipo tiene la capacidad de generar emociones con un par de dibujitos.
Chad Jordahl
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, witty read
Tim Lepczyk
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
What would it be like if Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce were four struggling cartoonists living in Paris?  Add to that idea a scheme for them to get rich in an afternoon and you have The Left Bank Gang by Norwegian artist/writer Jason.  Did I mention this is a graphic novel and everyone is drawn as animals?

The Left Bank Gang is a funny, smart, and imaginative interpretation of writers associated with the Lost Generation.  It's an engaging, slim volume that b
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Bryan
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
In synopsis the book sounds like a joke--Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Pound, and Joyce plan a heist in 1920's Paris--and it is quite funny. It is also a very enjoyable genre riff that uses familiar heist film plot and structure to excellent effect. Did I mention that all the characters are portrayed as funny animals? The sensitive if shallow portraits of the writers involved are complemented by an examination of the creative process that seems autobiographical. And there is an excellent riff on the re ...more
Shaleh
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, pg-13
I feel like this book is one way or another. Either you love it, five stars overflowing, or you feel this unending MEH about it.

I'm the MEH.

It's not that I don't get the humor, it's not even that I don't like dry humor -- because I do. I'm not sure why I didn't really like this graphic novel.
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এক কথায় অসাধারণ। ১৯২০ এর পযারিস। গলপের কুশীলব হেমিংওয়ে, ফিটজেরালড, জয়েস ও পাউনড। জেসনের দুনিয়ায় খযাতনামা এ লেখকেরা কারটুনিসট বনে গেছেন, দিনভর তারা আঁকা আঁকি নিয়ে মেতে থাকেন। তারপর একদিন হেমিংয়ের দেমাগের বাততি জবলে উঠলো...

জেসন, ইউ বিউটি :)
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Anto Tilio
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desopilante y ocurrente.
Me mata lo que hizo Jason con estos escritores convertidos en dibujantes.
La desesperación, la amistad, la vida cotidiana, la pasión y la frustración. Todo llevado al límite en un tono tranquilo con un desenlace irónico y sorprendente.
Oriana
Sep 20, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, doesn't this sound incredible??
Andrés Santiago
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Pure genious!!! It manages to be hilarious and poignant at the same time. Loved the Rashomon multiple point of view recount of the robbery.
Tomas
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot decide if I liked it or not. I liked the action-packed ending. Where you are put into the heist gone wrong at a very quick pace. Setup for this is not very intriguing and as I got used to from Jason a quite weird one indeed.

See for yourself it is still interesting quick read
Ni Mg
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Las tribulaciones de un Hemingway en París de los años 20 cuando no ganaba nada por ser caricaturista. Jason logra darle giros extraordinarios a historias, aparentemente, sencillas.
Greg Bem
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another rad yarn by Jason. Loved the flashing sequences as played through history.
Davidfosterwallace
This is kind of just perfect for what it is. Funny, great art, great story, loved it. Can't recommend it enough.
Eddie
Dec 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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Jamie Rosen
Acclaimed cartoonist Jason's graphic novel The Left Bank Gang suffers from having one clever idea too many. The idea of the expatriate American authors who lived in Paris after the war being cartoonists rather than short story writers or novelists is cute; the idea of those same expats trying to alleviate their financial pressure by stealing the gate from a big prize fight is compelling. But the book spends too much time on the first idea to give the second enough room to breathe.

That being said
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Guy Gonzalez
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Left Bank Gang's premise -- positing Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and James Joyce as struggling cartoonists in 1920s Paris -- is an intriguing one, and for the first half of his rather slim but not slight story, Jason humorously plays up the writer/cartoonist angle while clearly establishing each of his lead characters and their relationships to one another, before setting his real story in motion, a Rashomon-style tale of double and triple-crossing as the quartet come u ...more
Jennifer Haight
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, James Joyce and other in the 1920s literary scene in Paris personified as cats and dogs who are all cartoonists. The concept is great fun and works on many levels. Jason's stiff drawing style and earth colors lend a heaviness to the narrative and accentuates the less glamorous reality of the writers and friends working and struggling together in that place at that time.

The conversations mirror many that have been famously recorded in bo
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Cesar Gerardo
Lo que mas me gustó es la percepción del autor acerca de las historietas y su retrato de lo que es ser un escritor de historietas. París en los años 20 está excelente me gustó la idea de situar la historia en ese contexto aunque no me impresionó tanto el uso de nombres famosos, en lo personal me da igual si es hemingway o un donadie, los personajes me encantaron en especial el de hemingway y el de james joyce.

Jason es un genio, lo sigo creyendo, esta historieta lo confirma una vez mas, la recomi
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Cody
Jun 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am sad that it has taken me this long to discover Jason. His books may not contain deep insights, but they are some of the funniest and most genuinely playful graphic novels I have read. The Left Bank Gang is my favorite book by Jason thus far. The first half is basically an impression of what life may have been like for the Lost Generation expatriates living in Paris, specifically focusing on Hemingway. It is relatively accurate, except that they are all cartoonists, and they are all animals. ...more
Carrie
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Pound and Joyce are anthropomorphic struggling cartoonists in 1920s Paris who decide rob a bank. As you do.

The best parts are when Gertrude Stein gives Hemingway two pages worth of advice -- use a blue pencil, so you don't have to erase it, avoid narrative captions (which are then used further down the page,) never copy a photograph, and on and on -- and when Hemingway and Fitzgerald head off to the men's room to determine if Zelda is right when she says Fitzgerald isn't
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Black Elephants
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel was my first introduction to Jason and his minimalist visual style and sparse-dialogue storytelling. What surprised me was how effective it was. Usually, I find that graphic novels waver between two points: beautiful visuals but OK storytelling OR heavy dialogue/great storytelling but OK visuals.

When I finished The Left Bank Gang, I wasn't sure what I thought. But the story and characters stuck with me. I recommended it to several people in the following month that I finished
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John Arne Sæterøy (born 16 May 1965 in Molde), better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.

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