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Jack the Ripper: A Journal of the Whitechapel Murders 1888-1889 (A Treasury of Victorian Murder) Paperback – June 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: A Treasury of Victorian Murder
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing; Gph edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561633089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561633081
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rendering the belching chimneys, puzzled bobbies and bewhiskered worthies of Victorian London in brooding b&w panels, Geary revisits the legend of Jack the Ripper in this stylish graphical novel. On the one hand, this is a 19th-century police procedural: in examining the brutal murders of five prostitutes in London's Whitechapel district in 1888, Geary recreates the scene of each gruesomely surgical murder, annotating the evidence, the forensic procedures of the time (some theories held that an image of the murderer remained affixed to the victim's retina) and the eerily conflicting testimony of witnesses. On the other hand, it's a deadpan pulp narrative in the form of a trade comic book in which Geary's haunting drawings unite seamlessly with his moody, well-researched text. As the atrocities mount, the story tracks the public hysteria surrounding the murders, including journalistic excess and rising anti-Semitism. Geary doesn't try to identify "Saucy Jacky." Instead, he taps the legend's powerful mystery and, in the process, the period's social strictures and hypocrisies.
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Geary's graphic novel tells of the mystery and investigation of a Victorian murderer, using black and white illustrations and tasteful displays to recount the Ripper modus operandi and legend. Geary's story will satisfy fans of the graphic novel format who appreciate seeing detective work illustrated. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A truly great graphic novel. Geary continues his amazing series of "A Treasury of Victorian Murder" with probably what is the most brilliant installment. The story of Jack the Ripper is explained from somewhat of a historically unbiased and objective view without being overloaded with too many sources. The comic contains a documentary side while melding description, assumption, and mystery alongside great graphic images. I have not found a flaw in Geary series other than some dissapointment with "The Borden Tragedy." I would also suggest
Peter Kuper's adaptatation of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tierny on October 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I knew just the basics about Jack the Ripper when I picked this up in a used bookstore. The drawings were so detailed and clarified logistics (maps, diagrams, plans) in a way that text cannot. The text is extremely straightforward and reality-based, giving them an authority that hyperbole would've ruined. I had no intentions of buying this, but I had a hard time putting it down.

Years later, this has turned out to be one of those purchases that I pull out over and over again. It is never far from my bed and sits with two other (soon to be three) volumes in the series. All of them lay out conundrums that leave you chilled and uneasy. You go to bed a little less sure that all is right in the world.

Once I was flipping channels on cable and the image of an alley with a distinct bend to it flashed by. "...looked like an alley from the the Ripper killings..." I thought and changed back. Sure enough, it was a documentary on the Ripper. That's how accurate this books visuals are. I correctly associated a photo I had never seen before with the crimes just from viewing Geary's drawings. His illustrative style is fastidious and engrossing.

True to it's title I do treasure these volumes.

Best of luck and much success to you Rick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gagewyn on February 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jack the Ripper is a fact based comic. The story is told in the form of excerpts from an unamed Victorian man's journal. He says on this day this occurred on this day this body was found here, etc. The idea is to lay out just the facts and not to try to read into them. Theories on who the killer is etc are presented very briefly as they come up and no one theory is endorsed.

The visuals: The drawings here are done in a style that simulates wood cut prints. This lend itself to descriptive diagrammatic illustrations. It also keeps the gore from being so disturbing. This book isn't dwelling on the gore, but it isn't totally possible to avoid it in this case. The drawings of crime scenes etc here are very accurate, so the illustrations add to the information presented.

This is a good clean and straight forward telling of the Jack the Ripper stories. It lays out the facts and does this clearly and concisely. If you have already read lots about Jack the Ripper then this won't add anything new. It is also pretty expensive for a black and white comic book, since it is only 64 pages. The best use for this book is perhaps for families or school libraries that want a book about Jack the Ripper. It does tell about a slasher who kills prostitutes, but it is a clean treatment considering the subject.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While I certainly agree with the previous review that Geary is unable to go to the depth that a true Ripper afficianado might enjoy, I think both the text and art offer a fantastic view of both the murders as well as of life in Victorian Whitechapel. While the royal line is pointed to as a possible suspect, this extends to no more than three panels. Much more time and effort is spent on a variety of lesser suspects, and in attempting to paint a picture of the Ripper from various eyewitness accounts. I highly recommend it for lovers of Victorian times and fiction, Ripper enthusiasts, and lovers of sequential art - for I feel it excels in all areas.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Rick Geary's graphic novel,Jack the Ripper: A Journal of the Whitechapel Murders, provides a look at the murder case which is at once graphically delightful and factually flawed. Over the years interest in the case has become increasingly intense and a great many myths have grown up around the murder of five East End London prostitutes which are attributed to an unnamed and never caught murderer who became known as Jack the Ripper. Mr. Geary's book adds something new, being in the form of a graphic novel. His drawings are often whimsical and alternately chilling. In many ways he captures the flavor of the East End in the late nineteenth century in a way reminiscent of Gustave Dore's famous etchings. His drawings by their nature, also add some humor to the story. Something much needed when dealing with so dark a subject. But it is in the story itself where Mr. Geary's book needs to be read carefully. Written in the form of a journal kept by someone "close to the police," it contains many of the myths which may make for a good read but bear no relation to the facts of the case. Romantic images of ritualistic behaviour, coins piled at victim's feet, for instance, make great stories, but have no basis in fact. Of course, Mr. Geary has uninventively jumped on the "highest in the land" bandwagon for a suspect. That in itself is disappointing as so many have already worried this ridiculous theory to death. In summary, Enjoy the book for the pictures. Mr. Geary has a delightful hand and a sense for time and place. Go elsewhere to find out about the Jack the Ripper murders.
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