A compelling look into one man's history of employing prostitutes as a replacement for romantic love, this graphic novel is sure to create controversy. Brown has produced acclaimed but brutally honest autobiographical works before, but here he adds a new didactic element. In June 1996 Brown's then girlfriend broke up with him. After three years of celibacy and his growing conviction that romantic love is destructively possessive, Brown works up the courage to see a legal prostitute and finds the "burden" of anxiety over whether to pursue a relationship with any particular woman forever removed. The next 200 pages are an explicit—but far from erotic—dossier of the various women he did business with, until he meets one that he ends up with in a monogamous—but still financial—relationship. Although Brown intends the work to be a compassionate look at a profession that helps people, he unfortunately goes out of his way to anonymize the sex workers—never showing their faces and telling the story in tiny, cramped panels, giving the whole thing a voyeuristic feel. A lengthy appendix arguing that a system where paying for sex is preferable to romance-based methods is unlikely to persuade many readers. (May)
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It has the thoroughness of a history book yet reads with the personalized vision of a novel. (Time on Louis Riel)
If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further:Chester Brown's Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good. (The Globe and Mail Book Review on Louis Riel)
The book ended pretty abruptly, but the whole thing was very interesting. Some great points were made, and it was illustrated well.Published 22 days ago by Ally
Meet Chester Brown, a cartoonist whose girlfriend just broke up with him for another man that may or may not even be interested in her. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matt
Almost all the patrons of the Zero Public Library drive in, but I walk in. That's why I saw the sticker on the Library sign-board with this book cover, with the subscript: "Protect... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marco Buendia
Chester Brown’s “Paying For It” is an interesting book, yet comes across as very odd and cold. A self-described “comic-strip memoir about being a john,” it details Brown’s... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Scott
I love the simple style of Brown's illustrations and the point of view that he uses to approach the world. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Celeste Thayer
This is one of the most interesting and compelling graphic novels I have ever read. Chester Brown comes across as an off-the-charts rational introvert. Read morePublished 21 months ago by DG
Okay the book was good. Its a chronicle of Chester Browns sexual escapades with prostitutes and how he came to his destitute and cynical philosophy on love. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lovely Peter
I think its great that a john writes of his experiences with whoring in the self-aware way Chester Brown has. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ms Millie
Not a regular graphic novel. Explicit. Contains nudity.
Quirky. Dry humor. Very well drawn. Couldn't put it down.
100 percent worth buying.