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A Contract with God Paperback – December 17, 2006
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It's fair to say that Will Eisner invented modern comic art. A Contract with God has been called the first graphic novel, and its divergence from traditional comics themes and forms highlights Eisner's foresight and brilliance. Dealing with stories and memories from his childhood in a Bronx tenement, he explores the brutality, fragility, and tenderness possible among people living in close quarters close to the poverty line. The four stories here are tough but funny, deep but finely detailed, much like the traditional Jewish stories he drew upon to flavor his own work. Ending reflectively (and perhaps autobiographically), A Contract with God shows us a young man peering out into his city as he decides whether and how to face adulthood. You won't see that in the funny papers. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Will Eisner's art revolutionized comics. "
Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching up to him. --John Updike"
Harrowingly magnificent. --Kurt Vonnegut"
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I just love Eisner's style, graphically. It is full of life.
Living in NYC myself, I can't help thinking I am getting a glimpse of what life was in the Lower East Side at the time.
The stories are so effective because they have been illustrated so beautifully.