Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Epileptic (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Paperback – July 4, 2006
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
including The Armed Garden, Noctural Conspiracies, and Epileptic which was awarded Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario
and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. Incidents in the Night Book One was nominated for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the Eisner Awards.
He lives and works in Paris, France.
Top Customer Reviews
I knew I was going to identify with this book after reading page 10. On that page is a picture of many doctors making a big ring around the patient and his parents. It is so typical of the endless search for a treatment that will bring back the person that we knew before the seizures started. One phenomenon this book so accurately captures is a feeling of near helplessness as the seizures come and go in spite of medical therapy. Then with poor control the afflicted individual can slowly slide down a path of mental deterioration.
I was impressed with how many alternative therapies were tried before the family gave up. Each new alternative therapy was like the hope of a "cure" dangling just out of reach. They seemed to go through the range of conventional medical therapies offered at the time as well. Possibly, frustration with conventional medicine, due to unrealistic expectations, leads one to explore the other paths of unconventional treatments.
The artwork is magnificent. The symbolism is wonderful.Read more ›
Epileptic is unapologetically autobiographical. Young David B. (née Pierre-Francois) grew up in France with a younger sister and an elder brother, the latter of whom was diagnosed with epilepsy from about the age of seven. During this time, very little was known about the disease outside of medical circles, so David's brother Jean-Christophe was doubly-cursed; He would fall down in the streets of Orleans (or Bourges, or Paris), and would face harassment from passers-by to police officers, who thought the child was simply "fou" (crazy) or on drugs. Eventually, he was abandoned by his friends and certain non-immediate family members.
His immediate family, of course, held on to whatever hope was offered. Going beyond the traditional medical field of the time, Jean-Christophe's parents involved the children in a multitude of holistic healing approaches: Macrobiotics, acupuncture, massage... practically anything being offered in 1960s France held a glimmer of hope for the suffering child and his family. "It was the only thing we had left," says Mrs. B. "We soon realized that we had far fewer means than many to care for Jean-Christophe... I was blindly groping for an answer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not usually a reader of graphic novels, but this book does a great job using illustrations to help tell the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gregory Rosenhauer
personally from the comments i have read on I would not even buy this book, i personally have written my own book called "Epilepsy and the Epileptic" Explaining of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chad B. Cathey
This was a challenge to read because it took a reasonable personal struggle and dragged it through a rather dull account of the author's life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Travis
A wonderfully rich tapestry memoir story filled with Magical Realism, family feud, and wonder. The characters are interesting, and the scenes are gorgeous. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul J. Morehead
My son bought the book: Epileptic for one of his sophomore college classes. This book came in a timely manner and served it's purpose.Published 21 months ago by Lori Diane Varecka
I found this book to be extremely dark and depressing. Admittedly I am not a really big fan of graphic novels anyway. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Rae
Excellent graphic novel. The visual style looks almost like a relief or cave painting. Unlike superhero comics it doesn't make excessive use of perspective, and instead flattens... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Simon
I think my favorite thing about this graphic novel is the line work, which helps to bring the story to life as much as the images formed by the lines. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by MissRoboto