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The Freddie Stories Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
I first picked up a Lynda Barry book back in 1988, when I was a senior in high school. I didn't quite understand the comics, but they fascinated me. As I grew older I started to understand her more and more, and now I can honestly say that nobody else can write characters with whom I can identify quite like Ms. Barry. Keep churning them out, Lynda!
Read this book. Lynda Barry is awesome. No one is better at putting you directly inside a character. She isn't going for quick laughs. She's going for real life. And she hits it, dead on, time and time again.
Lynda Barry is my punk rock dream come true, she should have her own national holiday...hmmmm.
Ok, this book makes me think so much of my younger years, as Freddie makes his way thru this confusing world. He's shy and arty, and has a pencant for calling himself 'Fag'.
It makes you wish that he'd burst thru his cartoon world pannel and liberate Peppermint Patty and Velma from their str8 boy dominated confines (and who knows, he may do just that...).
Anyway, this book isn't a book for kids per sey but details how I remember feeling growing up. Freddies only true friend being his sister Marlys, His mother who is a...i cant even think of a nice word...and his older sister Maybonne who is hooked on drugs and depressed...and that only scrapes the trauma that is delt with in this book of genius.
I can't possibly tell you how amazing this book is...You really have to see it for yourself...
Freddie is a boy to whom, to put it bluntly, terrible things happen. In this wrenching novel he is beaten, abused, humiliated and ignored. At the depth of his wretched misery he drifts from his own body, and spends some time watching people watching the boy who looks just like him. Only his sister, Marlys sees that something is not right, and with the help of love, an amazing entity and a secret language, struggles to bring him back.
This amazing story is filled with monsters and gods, magic, dreams, and nightmarish horrors. It's villians are horrible; psychotic teens, mad, bullying classmates and emotionally twisted Moms. It's heroes -- Marlys, Spaz-Eyes Gigi, and Freddie himself -- are incredible.
Don't be put off by scribbled, cluttered panels, or the cartoon nature itself: This is one of the greatest novels I have read, and look forward to reading it again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lynda Barry is a genius. This may be the most powerful of her books, and that's saying something. Nobody else portrays hope, love, squalor, death, anxiety, the joys and agonies of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. J. Osburn
fantastic! laugh, cry, empathize, reflect...this book is a full emotional experiencePublished 24 months ago by Rey de los Gatos
It was not what I expected. The book came on time but the content of the book was just not very good. My NPR station interviewed the author. I wouldn't perchasePublished on December 6, 2013 by Cat Lover
Lynda Barry is just great. Soul sister of the universe. I think she is one of the best comic creators, heck just straight up great writer, the US has right now. Rock on.Published on November 2, 2013 by The Beetz
I'm really happy these stories are back in print and with a nice, sturdy cover. I love Lynda and I love her work.Published on July 19, 2013 by Russ
I like Linda Barry. I grew up reading her cartoon strips in alternative newspapers. I bought her book more as a collector
Than anything else. Read more
This book is an essential component of your Lynda Barry collection. You'll want to read it over and over, so be sure to get it in hardback.Published on April 9, 2013 by Janis Spracher
I love her comic strip small books. They all rule. She has touch with her child years that most of us have long forgotten and get a thrill when she reminds us of those days. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Chris bct