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Poor Sailor Hardcover – November 15, 2005


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Starred Review. This haunting tale was previously seen as a mini-comic and as part of the revolutionary Harkham-edited anthology Kramer's Ergot #4, but as a stand-alone, it becomes an object of beauty and depth. Harkham's inspiration is de Maupassant's short story "At Sea," in which a fishing boat captain chooses to let his brother lose his arm rather than lose a catch. Around that incident Harkham masterfully weaves an entire life of squandered happiness. When we meet Thomas, he has retired from the sea to live a simple frontier life with his wife. Then his sea captain brother shows up, enticing him with tales of adventures and riches. "I'll be back soon," he jauntily tells his wife as he leaves. But the journey is not what was advertised—by the time Thomas returns, his quest for adventure has cost him everything he hoped to return to. With simple pictures devoid of shading, Harkham presents a panorama of the human experience, from quiet fulfillment to savage violence. The real power, though, is in how he uses images to show the changes in Thomas's life. Similar pictures of Thomas on the roof at the beginning and end of the tale bracket the difference between hope and despair. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158423184X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584231844
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Mercadal-Sabbagh on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Poor Sailor is a fable narrated with very little dialog and illustrated with deceptively childish imagery. The end of the story is cleverly designed. When one thinks that it is all over in this Odysseian story ... it isn't! The use of blank pages between one "end" and the next allows the reader to visualize, so to speak, the feeling of emptiness that deep grief can bring to the human mind. Though it is a story for an adult reader in mind, I have read it to a couple of my nephews who are under 6 years of age and they "got it" and liked it. The message is, clearly, far off adventures may not be all that the seem to be, and often we might be better off appreciating the treasures we have at home. I will definitely acquire more books from this author.
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By Arthur Dayne on February 21, 2014
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Bought this on a whim after some other goon on Amazon recommended it. I got a used copy from the Portland, OR library so someone was a little b@stard and got up to no good! Well either that or the library just sold off some stock (which is much more likely I guess).

Anyways, this is a small, hardcover book with great, simple art and a good story.

If your brother shows up and wants to take you on a boat ride around the world and your wife gives you "the look", you should probably listen to her and tell him to get lost. Just sayin'
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By John Mack on May 26, 2012
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The size and feel of this publication is perfectly matched to its content. The art is simple and services the tone well. The story is quiet and straightforward. What looks like it will be an epic story of adventure turns out to be a simple story of one man's tragic choice. It's the difference between a James Cameron movie and a short but emotional monologue. It's almost a meditation. It won't change your life, but it's a nice one.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Barnwell on September 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There isn't much I can say about this comic without spoiling the experience of reading it, but what I will say is that it is the best comic story I have read to date.
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