- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 1St Edition edition (September 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160309038X
- ISBN-13: 978-1603090384
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Collected Essex County Paperback – September 14, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The second and longest book "Ghost Stories" tells of the relationship between brothers Lou and Vince, primarily through a series of an aging and regretful Lou's flashbacks. This was the most interesting and powerful of the three graphic novels. The third book "The Country Nurse" follows the titular nurse on a few workdays around the county meeting characters from the first two books, as well as some history of Essex County. A common theme is undying love for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The book ends with a delightful genealogic chart that maps the trilogy's characters. I had a lukewarm reaction to the first book but enjoyed it more as I kept reading and would recommend this hardcover, especially to hockey fans.
Book 1 (Tales from the Farm), follows the friendship of Lester with Vince and his alienation from his uncle. Book 2 (Ghost Stories) tells the story of demented deaf Lou, who mixes past and present in his head; most of the story is set in Toronto in the 1950s. Book 3 (The Country Nurse) tells us the story of the nurse's grandma, and of the nurse's daily life. The book ends with some bonuses, the graphic story of the Essex Country Boxing Club, the mini-biography of The Sand and Lonely Life of Eddie Elephant-Ears and other scrap drawings.
Lemire's talent shines bright in Essex Country for many reasons. This graphic novel has the masterly of a talented painter, the atmosphere of classic movies, a good character creation (both in imagery and psychology), engaging narrative and stories, undeniable and genuinely Canadian themes, but also a universal way of depicting the human heart.
There is something in the characters that speaks to all of us, because they are not heroes, not even anti-heroes - just "normal". It is their humanity and loneliness but their willingness to connect. They are all lonely struggling people, alienated from their families, emotionally depleted or starved, hard working, down to earth. They are not handsome characters, they are tough looking, edged and angular in their bodies and facial features.Read more ›
I'd read Jeff Lemire before, but nothing prepared me for this. I'd read Joe Matt, Seth, and Chester Brown, but I wasn't ready for Jeff Lemire's Canada. This is really one of the comic world's masterworks, up there with Craig Thompson's Blankets and little else. The three books and the two short stories add up to over 500 pages of this wonderful volume. I can't wait to share it with my family and friends. *****
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were so many reasons why i enjoyed this book that I had to post on a blog at amxBookShop.comPublished 1 month ago by AuthorMingXing
'Essex Country' is Jeff Lemire's absolute masterpiece (so far...). He is at the top of his game in both writing and illustration. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Anderson
Truly interesting domestic comic books are rare, particularly when they are stripped of any super heroic or supernatural elements. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. D. Varn
Its the stories families here that keep them together. This was a lot like that and also a very good read.Published 6 months ago by K. Townsend
I'm not someone who's read graphic novels before but this was incredible!!Published 7 months ago by nick williamson
Stunning... Lemire has stitched together stories of loss and longing as well as the lives of a seemingly unconnected cast of characters in a rural Canadian county. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tim Ogline
This is an absolutely astounding work that definitely earns a place on any list of the best graphic novels ever. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter J. Orvetti
I'm going to review this series as a whole and not separately, because you cannot take one book away from the trilogy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Shamma