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Eggers is one of the most notable writers of his generation, recognized for such bestselling and critically acclaimed books as A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Circle. Before he embarked on his writing career, Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer before turni ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published October 2017)
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At times self-indulgent like the publishing of inside jokes, other times he contents himself to thunder down old testament proclamations, Eggers has published a peculiar work of sheer juxtaposition. For all its sparse, uncontextualized messages, Ungrateful Mammals can nothing without Egger's brisk, albeit full-bodied, doodles of various animals. To me, this work is about one man having fun with his hobby, each mammal affectionately drawn in equal parts sober and somber, often gazing disintereste ...more
An amusing, creative book, featuring sketches and words of wisdom by essayist/humorist/novelist, Dave Eggers. Eggers, a trained artist, gives to his readers drawings of animals with short blurbs of text or quotes, that humanize his beastly friends. In most cases, Eggers shows his wry and poignant side, in others, the reader must just guess at what private joke Eggers is communicating. All in all, worth the hour or so spent to peruse this book, a thoroughly enjoyable look at a different side of D ...more
Meh. This lives somewhere between art and populist memes. The words attached to the drawings are rarely funny or witty or profound so much as they are incongruous. And not intriguingly or perplexingly incongruous. They just are. And they aren't particularly memorable. I could picture them being little headscratcher postcards in a hipster boutique, I suppose. Just my opinion.
These are drawing - sketches, almost - of a variety of animals with their comments, to us or to the world. Eggers points out that he was trained in the classical style of art, but hasn't painted for quite a few years. This started informally, then developed into an entire book.
Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly ...more