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Video games, conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right—until it isn’t...

How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Rate your overall mood from 1 to 5, 1 being poor. Rate your stress level from 1 to 5, 5 being severe. Are you experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide? Is there anything in your personal life that is affecting your duty
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Drawn and Quarterly
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Paul Bryant
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sabrina is the click just before the bullet, the knife behind the door, the unknown car outside your house, the dead battery on your kid’s phone, the cops at your door in the middle of the ordinary day, the phone call at 3 in the morning, the threatening text out of nowhere, the moment just before you realise what you’re seeing on the screen. Sabrina is an intake of breath.

Sabrina is about being anaesthetised by modern life so that you no longer have any appropriate responses left. And a lot of
David Schaafsma
Nick Drnaso’s debut collection of short comics stories, the LA Times Book Prize winning Beverly, is sort of set in a far south side Chicago neighborhood. Drnaso, just 29, who grew up in a Chicago suburb, includes a few recognizable Beverly images in it, but he told me he mainly used that name because he liked the sound of it. I loved that book, reviewed it here, and used it in my comics class last summer. It reads like The Suburb from Hell.

Chicago is again the setting of his first comics novel,
Two things are true.

Sabrina made the Man Booker prize longlist —the first graphic novel to do so.
Also, its art is so lacking that, aside from one character who possesses blonde hair grazing his shoulders, all of the male characters are indistinguishable from one another.

A woman is missing. Her sister grieves. Her ex-boyfriend relocates, sleeps, spends an excessive amount of time listening to the radio, looks for a missing cat. A divorced father is conflicted about whether to seek a promotion or
Mutasim Billah
Let's take a look at history. How does a nation choose to respond to tragic events? Say.... 9/11? Death of Marilyn Monroe? Kennedy's assassination? Sandy Hook? Columbine? Or even disease outbreaks like ebola?

Has acceptance of tragedy been a smooth path for the masses? Or has mass hysteria been a thing that resonates across time, dating back to the days of the Great Plague?

Sabrina was an ordinary woman, who didn't return home one night. A nation fell into disarray as a videotape disclosed a grues
This is the first graphic novel in the history of the Man Booker to be considered for an award. To say it is worthwhile doesn’t capture the real slap these big-bodied, small-headed figures levy. Lives of quiet desperation indeed. There may be some features missing in the frames…don’t all our lives have features missing? This feels terribly urgent, and painful, as though we cannot go another day without talking about it.

Sabrina lives in Chicago and has a life that includes a live-in lover, a cat
I don’t really have much to say about this book. The second half was terribly boring. The book was physically hard to read due to the small squares, the tiny font and the excessive use of the colour grey ; the characters were all flat and looked similar and expressionless. Why this is a Man Booker Prize Nominee, is beyond me.

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Sam Quixote
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2018
Calvin takes in his old high school friend Teddy who’s suffered a breakdown after his girlfriend Sabrina went missing and is feared dead. And so begins a strange odyssey through American life in 2018…

I really enjoyed Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina. It’s a clever, artful story that’s also entertaining, well-told and very much a product of our time. Through the fictional case of Sabrina’s disappearance, Drnaso highlights the bizarre conspiracy subculture that’s emerged online in recent years where large n
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Sabrina” is the first graphic novel ever nominated for the Man Booker prize. It made the 2018 longlist but failed to make the shortlist.

By sheer serendipity, I read this right after the Kavanagh Supreme Court nomination debacle. The novel makes a statement about the erosion of credibility and trust in the age of social media and “fake news.” What terrifying times we live in - we can’t trust what we see and hear, we have no idea what the truth is on anything. We are spun and manipulated - consp
Gumble's Yard
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize this is the first graphic novel in the 50 year history of the Booker.

There is a case to be made that great literature, of the type I normally enjoy and which I expect to be on a Booker longlist, can be indulgent and introspective, focusing on the beauty of language and on the internal reflections they generate, rather than focusing us back on the urgency of the external environment. The risk is that like the inhabitants of Plato’s Cave we start to see l
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-mbp, 2017-read, usa
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Oh, you poor, narrow-minded snobs who think that just because a book has pictures in it, it must be shallow! Newsflash: "The medium is the message" never meant that the carrier defines the content, but that every carrier has specific qualities that allow messages to be conveyed differently, and that the carrier has an impact on the way a message is sent and perceived - which brings us to what makes a successfull graphic novel. Nick Drnaso finds wonderful w
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bitchin
There’s an app which, when you input some personal information into it, will send you a message from a dead loved one. No one I spoke to about it could understand why such a thing would bother me. The resulting text could be posted on Facebook. Richard, you know I love you and that your granny is always looking down on you. The poster’s friends can comment sympathetically and like the post. No one understood. They thought I was upset for no reason. Chill out, they said. If it makes people happy, ...more
This was one of the titles from the 2018 Booker Longlist that I had been putting off reading, partly because I had issues getting hold of a copy but also as I am not an enthusiastic reader of the graphic novel form. This review needs to be considered with this bias in mind, readers with an affinity for this type of book would be better placed to judge Sabrina

To engage with any comic or graphic novel then I need to be 100% hooked with the visuals, this is a visual storytelling medium after all.
Fuchsia  Groan
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cómics, inglés
Sabrina, de Nick Drnaso, es la primera novela gráfica en ser seleccionada para la long list del Man Booker Prize. La crítica ha sido unánime en los elogios, y, entre los lectores, hay opiniones de todo tipo. Por cada reseña que leía, mi curiosidad se multiplicaba.

Sabrina Gallo, una mujer de 27 años, desaparece un día al volver del trabajo. El misterio no tarda en resolverse. No es de eso de lo que trata el libro. Sabrina es la historia de los que se quedan, de Sandra, su hermana, de Teddy, su no
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: 2018 Booker longlist
Sabrina reminds me a lot of The Killing. Forbrydelsen, that is, the Danish original. I've never seen the American adaptation, and never previously wished I had. Like the first series of Forbrydelsen, Sabrina examines in deep detail the effects of one young woman's murder on those around her, rippling out to those a degree or two removed, and then into the media and the political landscape. But it's very American: resolutely unglamorous, uncool middle-American, where nearly everyone is slightly o ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disclosure: It was not possible for me to remain entirely objective when reading "Sabrina". Three friends and one sister are talented graphic artists. This made it hard to avoid envisioning what each of them might have done with this story. Drnaso's work is interesting and thought-provoking but - for me, uniquely - suffered by comparison.

What I did like:

The topicality of "Sabrina". Many important issues are touched on here.

The change of pace from standard Man Booker fare. Not that it thrills me
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sabrina makes for an uncomfortable reading experience. This is not a book for people who ‘read to get away from the news’. It is bleak, pessimistic and very, very topical.

It is one thing to read about characters going through grief, feeling isolated and disconnected from the world, unable to feel joy, unable to feel anything at all. It is an entirely different thing to watch them do so. In Sabrina, we see people curled up in a ball on the floor, or lying face down on a mattress, or staring blank
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-booker, 2018
When Douglas Adams, of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy fame, was asked for his views on e-readers, he said

“Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food”

I know that several of my GR friends do not agree with this and have a strong preference for paper books, but my personal view has always been that the words in the book count for more than the way those words are delivered (I do about half my reading in print and half on the e-reader or iPad) and that the message of those words i
Rod Brown
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm quite a bit frustrated by this book. First, the art, page layout and writing are so influenced by Chris Ware as to be totally distracting. And as with Ware, I find that the tiny pictures distance me from the story, and the characters, with their expressionless faces and often unexpressed inner thoughts, are nearly ciphers.

The first half of the story seems determined to show how mundane life can be for people looking in from the outside of other people's tragedy. I felt a little meta as I ga
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm not connecting well to this year's Man Booker Prize long list. This is the first graphic novel ever selected for inclusion and the story is drab drab drab - the characters are not really dealing with significant life crises and all illustrations feature small-headed large-bodied people in subdued hues. An undercurrent of conspiracy theory that becomes quite a threatening presence and is unresolved.

(Again, why this? Why now? I get that the entire point seems to be "This is America" but it's s
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5, rounded up.

Let me preface my review by saying I am not a fan of graphic novels, have only read a handful, and would never have even heard of - or read - this one but for its Booker nomination. I don't really have any HUGE prejudice about such being nominated, but am not really in favor of the idea either - to me it somewhat smacks of nominating broccoli for the Best Fruit Award ... close, but no cigar.

That said, I ALSO did not read this under optimal conditions - stressed out over a very si
Matthew Quann
[3.5 Stars]

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso made a huge splash when it became the first long-listed graphic novel in Man Booker Prize history. I think it's important to realize that Sabrina's not the first graphic novel worthy of the prize, and this instead represents the prize caching up with the medium and not the other way around. Regardless of the nomination that will forever hang over this graphic novel, Sabrina stands on its own as a convincingly realized story of internet culture and its effects on
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: man-booker-2018
Absolutely amazing book. Nick Drnaso's characters are stoic and quiet in a world that is falling apart around them. It is a book about the times we live in, and it packs a real punch. I'm so glad for the courage the Booker judges showed in including this on the longlist. They must have known they would be subject to closeminded criticism by people unwilling to see the benefit of this book.
Eric Anderson
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It felt somewhat surprising to me that the fact a graphic novel has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for the first time has proved to be so controversial. I don't believe there's ever been any rules in the prize's guidelines saying a graphic novel can't be submitted and if none have been listed for the prize before I can only assume that publishers haven't submitted many in the past since they are only allowed to submit a very limited number of books. It feels like there's been an elitis ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is not a light and breezy graphic novel. Oh no. This is serious stuff. It’s difficult to read at times because it is such an honest but scathing take on what is going on in the world right now. This is a very powerful use of the visual medium to tell a story. This is the first graphic novel ever to appear on the Booker longlist and I for one and happy that it’s there.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Definition of anomie
: social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values
also : personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals

To state the inevitable: I wouldn't have been prompted to read Nick Drnaso's Sabrina if it hadn't been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize – not because I'd outright refuse to read a graphic novel, but because it would never have been on my radar – and while I'm not some highbrow snob who would snootily insis
Sabrina Gallo only appears in about the first five spreads. Her disappearance and what happens next form the bulk of the book. I expect this is meant as commentary on American culture today: the glorification of violence, young people’s alienation and inertia, and how the media can be used as a weapon against victims and bystanders alike. It never hit home for me, in part because the drawing style was not my cup of tea. All the characters are rectangular, and often have basic, nearly nonexistent ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-books
When I started this book all I knew about it from some reader's comment is that it's the first ever graphic novel selected for Man Booker prize. From the title I assumed it to be some light, casual reading. At least for the time being I preferred a light reading. Even at first glance the book seemed quite homely, contemporary, regular piece of life.

The sketches in this book are so smooth that I felt like watching a moving picture. Didn't feel at all that I am reading or watching a graphic novel
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
This graphic novel looks at the affect of a woman’s murder (filmed and provided to the media and then the internet) on her friends and family in the modern age. Online media and talk radio play a big part in the story - how it allows the widespread dissemination of conspiracy theories, false stories and innuendo, and leads ultimately to fear and isolation. I did not, however, care for the art and felt the storyline was a bit uneven. 2.5⭐ ...more
Daniel Sevitt
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-comic
It's an accumulation of things that add up to a whole bunch of disturbing and uncomfortable. One of those times where the stark two-dimensionality of the piece is a character in itself and a commentary on how we relate to our lives as they pass us by. Oddly political and unnerving, this is going to take some digesting.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: booker-2018
I've read quite a few graphic novels and manga, but I wouldn't consider myself an expert or devotee by any means. They are an interesting art and literary form which took me time to become familiar with, but they can definitely pack a punch. I wouldn't have read this if it hadn't been longlisted for the Booker 2018 award because it's not my usual style, but it was an interesting read. Parts of it were very effective, other parts less so, hence my 3-star rating.

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Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. His debut graphic novel Beverly received the LA Times Book prize for Best Graphic Novel. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College's annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where ...more
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