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The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell
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it was amazing
bookshelves: library-book, comics, non-fiction, memoir, usa

“The Voyeurs,” a series of memoir and semi-autobiographical comic stories by Gabrielle Bell spanning 2007-2010, may be my favorite collection of her work I have read so far. From her trips to France and Japan to her Brooklyn apartment to her encounters at Comic Con, Bell’s understated brand of melancholic, self-deprecating, and extremely humane humor is a masterful examination of the awkwardness of daily life and the human condition. Her art and writing is so adept at capturing expressions and feeling, and I especially love her use of slight magic realist elements (though this is a bit less prominent in “The Voyeurs.”) As a fellow introvert who simultaneously wants to meet people while staying in my apartment all weekend, I found much to ponder and to empathize with. I feel the title is very appropriate for semi-autobiographical memoir comics like Bell’s, as the readers get such an intimate, thoughtful look into the thought processes and life of another person, I find it very insightful.
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Reading Progress

March 6, 2013 – Shelved
March 6, 2013 – Shelved as: library-book
March 6, 2013 – Shelved as: comics
March 16, 2013 – Started Reading
March 22, 2013 – Finished Reading
March 6, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
March 6, 2019 – Shelved as: memoir
March 6, 2019 – Shelved as: usa

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Lacey Louwagie I just finished reading this book and I loved it, too. Something felt familiar as I was reading, and I wondered whether I had read a review by you of the book at some point -- tuns out I probably had! I also very much related to her portrayal of isolation and introversion.


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