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- File size : 46841 KB
- Publisher : Europe Comics (May 16, 2018)
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 56 pages
- Publication date : May 16, 2018
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DJMXKNG
- Lending : Not Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #221,670 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a mild, mildly amusing tale of small family jokes, conflicts, insights, affection, teasing, bonding, and so on. Some parts work better than others, and some insights are deeper than others, but all of the characters run true to life, and the overall story is old-fashioned and ultimately upbeat. The expressive and cheerfully energetic and lively drawings add a great deal to the tale.
Every now and then a quiet little vacation read walkabout is welcome, and this fit the bill nicely.
Story: Pierre is a frustrated comic artist with more ideas than successes in his career. His long suffering wife is at the end of her rope trying to justify the lost years hoping her husband will have a series that makes it big. They have three kids and are ready to do their yearly Summer drive South to their favorite camping areas. But this year is different - unbeknownst to the kids, Pierre's wife is considering divorce and the vacation has become a bittersweet event for the parents.
Zidrou adeptly captures the feel of 1970s France/Belgium through his everyday family. Precocious toddler, fighting middle kids, and a quiet boy who has an imaginary friend: a giant squirrel. The love there is obvious, even if strained at this point in time. The book covers their Grimwold's family trek, though without Chevy Chase emoting. From passing the french fries stand to convincing a Dutch family to leave 'their' camping spot.
The lighthearted adventures are offset by the growing realization that the parents' relationship is failing. And that the father, despite spending all day and night at the drawing board, is about to have another failed comic series. But of course, the kids are oblivious and to them, this is the grandest Summer just being with the parents and away from school.
The illustration work is superb and easy to follow. Each of the characters definitely looks 1970s European in wonderful ways - from the mutton chops to the wide legged pants and old Renault. I really liked that it was set in that era - it was a different time before cell phones and computer games.
Southbound! is the type of story you didn't want to end. Even experiencing the pathos and sadness leading up to the third part of the story, it is an engaging and wonderful read. As well, it didn't end the way I thought it would - a surprise and perhaps the most European aspect of the entire story. In all, very recommended, especially for those who grew up in the 1970s and remember those halcyon days before technology stole away kids' energies. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
The Faldérault family needs a vacation. Father is working too hard at trying to have a hit graphic novel series, and mother is thinking about leaving father altogether. The trip is delayed due to one of father's work deadlines, but it's finally time to hit the road. The seven family members (and one large imaginary friend), pile in the family car and head for the sun. With a compass that lies, and a group of Dutch tourists that steal the best picnic spot, there is lots of fun to be had. Mother and father may even remember each other along the way.
I really liked this slice of life graphic novel. The plot has some heavy elements, but they are handled really well. I cared about the things these characters were going through. The art was nice too.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.