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  • Graphic
    Novel

Blankets : an illustrated novel

by Thompson, Craig, 1975-

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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Thompson, Craig

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

Community Reviews

Loved It

To quote Time Magazine's review "Achingly beautiful." This one struck a few chords for me. I really identified with it.

Beautiful, dull, and sad

A Top Shelf graphic novel about a boy's transition to manhood. It focuses on his relationship with his little brother, his first love, and his hyper-conservative Christian upbringing. It was by turns fascinating (the family relationships especially, for me--I'm the oldest of four kids myself), dull, and heartbreaking.

Spoiler: This book seems to think that Christians are pretty much universally bigoted, simple-minded morons or hypocrites.

Growing up... Christian in an Unchristian world

There are some things that I really liked about this book, and some stuff that I really didn't. Over all it's a worthwhile read, it deals with issues that I don't often see in print let alone comics... young adults who have grown up in a world that's sheltered in a way that reality won't acknowledge. I also feel like this addresses the issue of young people how grow up in religious families, and fall away from those values, in large part because they are not the values of the generation, or the society that they are trying to navigate. This falling away isn’t in that pyrotechnic blow out with lots of screaming and yelling, as much as it’s a slow passage of missing church here, stop praying there, seeing rated R movies, drinking a few beers… and once your at college, all bets are off. .. that said I think that Thompson's previous work, Good bye Chunky Rice has a much more emotional core, and while as a reader I don’t really look for a rehash of the previous work, I am still looking for something that touches me in the same way, that give me that same connection, and I really didn’t feel that Blankets did that…

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