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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Winter Woolie


I finished Craig Thompson's graphic novel Blankets on Saturday afternoon.

It's the coming of age tale of a Wisconsin teenager who's grown up isolated from the world by a dysfunctional family, rural poverty and a repressive church.

And, like many men, he has a woman to thank for his growth.

So maybe I should clarify: It's a love story. With pictures. And it's great.

Like most graphic novelists I've read, Thompson doesn't have much of an ear for dialogue. But his language isn't the written word, it's the curved line. And he shows tons of imagination, advancing his story through a variety of narrative devices that jump between present action, imagination, past and future without a hitch.

This one is a must for anyone who ever attended vacation Bible camp.