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Blankets by Craig Thompson
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bookshelves: graphic-novels, memoirs

This sweet, autobiographical coming-of-age story in graphic novel form is not quite as likable and quick-witted as Fun Home, but it has similar themes such as sexual awakening and the difficulty of understanding one’s parents. Blankets are a linking metaphor: the quilt Craig’s first love, Raina, makes for him; huddling in the same bed with his little brother Phil for warmth during freezing Wisconsin winters; and playing ‘storm at sea’ with the covers.

There’s also an interesting loss-of-faith element to the narrative. Craig is brought up in your average Midwestern fundamentalist Evangelical church and attends youth group, camp, etc. (where he meets Raina); the pastor even wants him to consider going into the ministry, but he doesn’t fit in here – even in the Christian subculture he’s forced into a fringe group of outsiders. Writing and drawing are acts of self-creation and self-preservation. He wants to find a way to use his drawing for good but no one seems to see a value in it. Thus everything, or nothing in particular, leads him to reject his faith when he gets to college.

How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement – no matter how temporary.

The drawings are lush and bold (though even more so in Thompson’s Habibi). I appreciated how Thompson (view spoiler). And yet the beauty and power in memory of young love remains, thus Thompson’s rhapsodizing here.

(Included in my blog post “Graphic Novels for Newbies.”)
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Reading Progress

January 15, 2013 – Shelved
June 30, 2013 – Started Reading
July 1, 2013 –
page 264
July 2, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 1, 2013 – Shelved as: graphic-novels
October 3, 2013 – Shelved as: memoirs

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message 1: by Em (new) - rated it 5 stars

Em one of the best graphic novels I've read!

Rebecca Awesome! I'm looking forward to it. I saw that it was a fave for you and Matt.

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