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Bloom County Babylon: Five Years of Basic Naughtiness Paperback – September 30, 1986
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About the Author
Berkeley Breathed lives, works, and surfs in Montecito, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Many years ago, I read another copy of this book that did, in fact, contain eighty full-color pages, so I know the pages were in color at some point. However, the only colors on the book I received from Amazon.com are on the front and back covers.
I really miss Bloom County. It was a way of life, a uniquely 1980's perspective on our country that will never come again. The brilliance of idea, the sheer glee of Breathed's word choices, and the happy, bouncy parallel universe his characters all boinged around in are unforgettable.
This book is the equal of all the others, though it is longer. The first few characters and situations show that Breathed has not yet found his voice-- but once he does, look out, world!
My apologies, on behalf of the company for which I work (I'm sitting on the print floor as I type this!), for being forced to print this book without Breathed's color. I look through our print-on-demand rendition and I see clearly how much has been lost. I agree that it is not fair, but you must understand: had it not been done this way, the street price would have been ridiculous. Perhaps you will agree that it is better that the book never go out of print and stay inexpensive, rather than be forgotten and unread in color.
The series peaked some time in the early 80s, and "Babylon" offers a sample of that time. I had forgotten how topical it was, full of references to then-current supermodels, presidents, movies, and sitcoms. Despite that, much of the humor has aged well. Milo's anxiety closet, for example, never needs to end. Various bogey-men (and -women) will reside there for their times, and move on. The anxiety will always be there, however, no matter how silly it looks to everyone else.
Even a book this size can't capture every strip in the five years (82-6) that it covers. That means that some of my favorite characters, like winsome Pistachio, barely even had cameo appearances. I'll take what I can get, though, and this is a pleasant sample.
If you ever liked any strip comic, you liked Bloom County or will like it. Maybe the 80s were before your time, but the characters will still look right up to date. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the Bloom County books are and good as I remembered the strips from the paper.Published 12 months ago by Kevin J Young
Just love Bloom County. This has lots of laughs, some I saw before, but all fun to revisit.Published 15 months ago by Robert E. Richter
I grew up reading Bloom County.
It's been at least ten years since I've read it though... and somewhere along the way, I lost track of all the volumes that I once owned. Read more