- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (February 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560974273
- ISBN-13: 978-1560974277
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghost World s/c Paperback – February 10, 2015
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- Alexandra Molotkow, The Hairpin
“Ranked #10 of "The 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time" (2009).”
“[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as Salinger did in The Catcher in the Rye for an eariler generation.”
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“The most readable comic of the year.”
“The appeal of Daniel Clowes’ breakout graphic novel lies not from what could be predictable plotting, but from its engaging character work. It is the relationship between outsider teens Enid and Rebecca that holds readers in its hilariously cynical sway from panel one.”
About the Author
Daniel Clowes is a celebrated graphic novelist, Academy-Award nominated screenwriter, and frequent cover artist for the New Yorker. He lives in Oakland, CA. He is a multi-Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Award winner, and his papers were recently acquired by the University of Chicago library.
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The comic book is darker and monochromatic, versus the movie's beautiful use of primary and pastel colours. That makes the book and movie equal for me, and gives one the choice of alternate "Ghost" worlds. But the book is written in episodic installments, and is therefore less unified than the movie; like many comic books, this one is an ongoing serial, and works great as a character study.
Where the movie departs from the book is the development of a plot which involves one of the book's minor characters (the bearded guy with whom Enid and Rebecca make a fake blind date as a practical joke). In the movie, the bearded guy is shorn of his facial hair and re-emerges as Seymour (played by Steve Buscemi) as the catalyst for a major tunrning point in Enid's life. I really think that by collaborating with director and screen-writer Terry Zwigoff that Clowes made a work of art a masterpiece.
Nonetheless, I found the book very compelling, but really do recommend reading it before seeing the movie. I really like Daniel Clowes' stripped-down, stylised drawings. Like the movie, you can really get lost in this book. That's a lot coming from me, because I don't get into most comic books. This one, though, speaks to me.
You don't have to "utterly loathe yourself" like protagonist Enid Coleslaw to really "get it", but I'd be lying if I said it doesn't make it all that much more poignant.
A random chapter in the life of best friends, it’s for mature audiences - not a kid’s comic.
It’s poetic in it's own way - gets you thinking about what you want in life.
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