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Ghost World Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Clowes has an amazing ability to zero in on life's smallest moments and find in them a fragile poetry. He's also not afraid to make his characters fallible, and sometimes, in the manner of callous youth, even cruel. Enid and Rebecca dub a waiter "Weird Al" because of his curly hair, and play a rude prank on a poor boob whose only crime was to gain their notice by placing a pathetic personal ad. And yet you won't hate the characters. They're vulnerable and honest in a very believable way, and their emotional journey through their final months together accurately depicts longing and unease, their nostalgia for things the way they were, and their need for different lives. For Rebecca, it's to hold onto things as they are, and for Enid, it's to go someplace else not to find herself, but to become someone different.
The story's also full of humor and mystery. Enid and Rebecca inhabit a world of strange grafitti, of diners and run-down apartments where things tend to happen just outside the frame, or within windows. And Clowes' two-toned, semi-realistic, sometimes cartoony depiction of the various geeks, pervos and schmoes who inhabit "Ghost World" is dead on... the dopey expressions, the sudden crises, the need to feel something and the fear that accompanies that desire... it's all there in his characters' faces.
Reminiscent of Will Eisner's work (and just a touch of Charles Burns'), and with a hip, modern feel, "Ghost World" provides a truly amazing and unique reading experience.
Most of the scenarios seen in the movie are in the book. The garage sale, the lame comedian, the "Satanists," the 50's diner with "Weird Al," the prank call leading to the fake date, the note on Josh's door, etc. Two of them involve different characters. Enid's visit to the adult shop has Josh as her unwilling escort, while the recipient of the fake date was an unnamed character. Seymour was the subsitute in the movie for both occasions.
The interactions between Enid and Rebecca are realistic and human, as the bored duo spend days looking for excitement. Towards the end, their friendship gets frayed, as both have different visions of where they want to be, and the differences between them become pronounced and explored. Rebecca wants to belong somewhere, but Enid isn't sure.
The humor here is more human and natural while being profane at times. Certain characters add to the laughs, such as the obnoxious John Ellis, a right-leaning WASP who endorses controversial views and people, such as a ex-priest into child porn. He might as well be a refined Eminem. He constantly taunts Enid whenever they meet. In one conversation, we learn poor Enid's last name--Coleslaw. Enid: "My Dad has his name changed legally!" To which Ellis replies, "From what... three-bean salad?" Now that's funny! Another bit: Enid: "Look how hot we are... How come no boys ask us out on dates?" In the next frame, she says "Maybe we should be lesbos!" to which Rebecca says "Get away from me!Read more ›
Ghost World is a super-short graphic novel that follows Enid and Becky, best friends who have just graduated high school and, like typical teenagers, have no idea what they’re going to do with their lives. They are frank, misfitty, and catty (not in a Mean Girls kind of way, but in an alternative, we’re-social-outcasts-but-we’re-still-way-cooler-than-you-are kind of way).
Enid is the weirder and more vocal of the two. Every few pages, she changes her style, dons new (and odd) accessories, or cuts her hair. Becky is slightly prettier and more conventional and remains fairly consistent throughout the book. She’s funny and bitchy, too, but she plays the sidekick.
The beginning of the book is amazing. Enid and Becky do a lot of sitting around, just people watching and generally being bitchy teenagers. Enid regularly lets loose with random asides like, “God, don’t you just love it when you see two really ugly people in love like that?” (accompanied by an appropriately awesome/mean drawing). One of the book’s strengths is the authenticity and hilarity of Enid and Becky’s conversations about nothing.
The artwork (Drawings? Comics? Illustrations? I don’t know the appropriate graphic-novel lingo and a quick Google search didn’t provide a definitive answer) is impressive. In addition to black and white, seafoam green is the only color used. Nevertheless, the odd cast of characters (from the Satanists that Enid and Becky see buying Lunchables at the grocery store to the dorky waiter they call “Weird Al” at the ‘50s diner) are brought to life in all their bizarre glory. Clowes captures body language (posture, gestures, etc.) and facial expressions brilliantly.
But, at only eighty pages, the book is pretty sparse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to check out the comic since I'm obsessed with the movie. Kind of regret it. Enid from the film adaptation is way more likable, and I don't care for the art style which is... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Roger M. Levy
With "Ghost World" Clowes is up there with the most astute of cynics (Bierce, Twain, Vonnegut) making everything and everyone look pretty pointless with a helpful dose of... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well I made it 30 pages in. Never has a book actually made my day worse. I was in great spirits as I opened Ghost World up. The book is two teenage girls bitching....for 80 pages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Optimus_Rhyme
1. Ghost World is a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. It tells the story of two girls named Enid and Becky who are best friends.
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Ghost World is a poignant look at the transition from adolescence to adulthood and figuring out who you are, without being gratingly pretentious or cloyingly cheesy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sydney R.
I get why people would like this, but I just could not bring myself to like it.
I, personally, have a hard time liking a book if I don't like any of the characters. Read more