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message 1: by david (new)

david Is this the comic book version?


message 2: by David (new)

David Schaafsma david wrote: "Is this the comic book version?" Yup, tis, clarified that in the review, thanks. But to say it is a comics version might be to suggest it is silly or completely reductive. It is 250 pages, adapted from a 800 page novel, so yes, it is abbreviated, but not i n Readers Digest way. It's like a film, something different than the original, a visually oriented retelling. Does that sound defensive? Well, maybe it is... but this is a work of art.


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david Wow. David, I just watched the you tube that you aptly included in your review. I read the long version, which unlike the video provided, was in English, or so I thought. However, I would have enjoyed the comic book version in German (like the video) more. It could be equally symbolic if the ship left Warnemunde than Nantucket.


message 4: by Ilse (new)

Ilse Wow, David, even if it falls short of the novel itself, this sounds simply gorgeous - the drawing style looks highly alluring.


message 5: by David (new)

David Schaafsma david wrote: "Wow. David, I just watched the you tube that you aptly included in your review. I read the long version, which unlike the video provided, was in English, or so I thought. However, I would have enjo..."
See??!! It's certainly not "just a comic book"! (When will we stop staying stuff like that??! Hopefully some day.) Glad you enjoyed it, in English or German.


message 6: by David (last edited Jul 06, 2017 12:53PM) (new)

David Schaafsma Ilse wrote: "Wow, David, even if it falls short of the novel itself, this sounds simply gorgeous - the drawing style looks highly alluring."Hmm, maybe I spoke less than candidly. I guess I realize that many people find the book long and sprawling and boring, or just refuse to read it. I wouldn't want the illustrated version (or any film) to supplant a reading of the original. But I will say, if this is the only version of Moby Dick you ever read, it will not disappoint you. A tale of revenge and obsession and madness. And yes, gorgeous illustration. Sometimes page after page without all those words Melville wrote, but still powerful and as you say, alluring.


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