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Wanderlust: A Story Told in 50 Wood Engravings

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A wilful young woman revels in the surprisingly-inclusive communal aspects of life in the punk / anarchist counterculture as it was practised in the hardscrabble underbelly of Sault Ste Marie on the cusp of the 21st century.
Paperback, 121 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Porcupine's Quill
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Shawn Birss
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Canadian punk autobiography is painstakingly told in gorgeous woodcuts, without words.

Megan Speers tells her stories of skateboards, dumpster diving, 40s, and anarchist community with beautiful and heartbreaking detail, cut by hand from blocks of Canadian Maple. Nearly every page tells a story on its own, with a beauty worthy of a print or poster. I imagined over a third of the pages as patches or tshirts or poster art. It also reminded me of the South American propaganda aesthetic. But be
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Colvet
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The art was quite impressive, but the overall "story" was quite lackluster. Honestly felt like she was trying quite hard to come off as a hard-ass wandering punk. Like chill out.
Helen
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
This is a graphic novel with scarce text - possibly autobiographical, about a young skateboarder in a "nowhere" Canadian town, searching for kicks any way possible. This book is a work of "difficult" art since the story is told by means of hand-carved woodcuts one per page - which is a very unusual, labor-intensive way of illustrating a graphic novel. The woodblocks used were hard maple, which should earn the writer/artist everyone's respect.

The reductionist, simplified style, somehow suits the
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Meg
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
A pretty blah look at a pretty blah subculture, as far as I'm concerned.
Sarah
Honestly, I'm floored that this was done through wood engravings. The time and effort that must have gone into every single page -- it's just incredible.
Alison
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Beautiful engravings. Magical (if glorified) glimpse into a lifestyle.
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