- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 819062413X
- ISBN-13: 978-8190624138
- ASIN: 061882099X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story Hardcover – January 15, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Originally published in Switzerland, Peeters's comics memoir of his romance with an HIV-positive woman named Cati (whose young son is also seropositive) is a new and sweeter kind of AIDS narrative-set in the era when HIV has become a chronic condition rather than a death sentence. There's not much of a plot here (the unnamed boy gets sick, then better; Peeters and Cati panic after a condom breaks, and are reassured by their doctor), but the book is much more about Peeters's fluid, slashing, unfailingly evocative ink brushwork documenting the psychological changes he's gone through. Sure-handedly caricatured facial expressions and body language tell a lot of the story, and almost every page is punctuated with a silent panel or two that suggests the way Peeters's newly expanded awareness of his mortality has made him more aware of the world he lives in, too. The final chapters feature an ingenious visual metaphor: after a doctor tells Peeters that he has "as much chance of catching AIDS as you have of running into a white rhinoceros on your way out," he imagines himself stalked everywhere by the rhino. It's a small gem of a book, whose only real flaw is an ungainly English translation, larded with unfiltered Gallicisms.
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"Passionate and celebratory . . . Profound questions are embraced in delicate details and quiet moments of pleasure." --Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
"If you need to be reminded that people can still love both intelligently and passionately, Blue Pills is for you." --Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
"Compelling . . . riveting . . . the drawings of Peeters . . . elevate the book to another level . . . a memoir that ranks with the best." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"In the unvarnished humanity of the story lies the book's strength and attraction. Excellent." Booklist, ALA
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Top customer reviews
A man falls in love with a woman. She has HIV, and so does her son. Is he capable of loving her? Does her disease mean anything at all? What's fact, what's fiction?
The author learns about life and love in this book, and what it takes to not only be a man, but to be human and to what it takes to be himself, and just who is he?
It's honestly beautiful.
You can pick up a cheap hardcover for like $0.26 from amazon so check it out.
As for the packaging. Reliable, quick. Just one problem :/ my mailman put it outside so the book got all cold and it worried me. But its fine
After the 89th page, I was convinced this book was going to be rare and precious. The first 89 pages are about meeting and eventually falling for Cati, and then about meeting and struggling to bond with her 3-y-o HIV-positive son. I really thought this was going somewhere, that it would be about the struggle to become a father and a husband amid a grim, looming reality. In one scene, the 3-y-o is shown attaching himself to the author at a party, a moment that was both innocuous and heavily charged with meaning, when the author didn't have to "choose" to become a father-figure but rather was anointed one.
At this point I am not even half-way through the book and my eyes are running. I am loving this book and can't wait to finish it. This explains my massive disappointment with the final 100 pages, in which the 3-y-o becomes essentially irrelevant and the story instead turns to condoms... and then to woolly mammoths. I am still struggling to understand how the author could find such depths within the first 90 pages and then turn the next 65 pages into a discussion of the mechanics of contraceptives, and then follow with 20 pages of what amounts to philosophical nonsense while seated on top of -- randomly -- a mammoth. The first 90 pages were filled with such warmth and poetry and metaphor, and then it somehow grotesquely flopped into cold philosophical abstraction. It hurts to see the first 90 pages of this book go to such terrible waste.
The book shows a deep and fulfilling love between Peeters and Cati, one that has the spectre of AIDS in the background but never dominating their life to the point where they can't live. They live their life as normal couples do and their relationship is both moving and sweet. The relationship between Peeters and his stepson is also very well told here. The scene when during a house party the 3 year old moves through the guests to where Peeters is sitting on the balcony and then sitting between his legs to play with his toy dinosaurs is very touching and not at all sentimental.
The stark realism of the story is belayed in the final part of the book where the author works out his frustrations and anger with a wise mammoth as they roam the prehistoric plains, the mammoth quoting everyone from Oscar Wilde to Burt Reynolds. The magical realism works and the author comes to realise how he cherishes his wife and son more because of the illness and how through the challenges they have developed a stronger love for each other.
Peeters draws as beautifully as he tells his story, the illustrations being somewhere between Craig Thompson and Jeff Lemire, both masters. The book is a beautiful and moving evocation of love in the face of adversity. Very easy to read, a fascinating story told expertly and lovingly, I recommend it to any and all.