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Goliath Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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“In [Gauld's] version, Goliath is no bloodthirsty caricature, but a crack penpusher for the Philistine army who is forced into facing down the Israelite army by an unscrupulous superior. Stranded on the frontline with his young shield bearer for company, the main part of the story is about loneliness and losing control of your own destiny, with the muted brown palette reflecting the bleak situation Goliath inexplicably finds himself in.” ―It's Nice That on Goliath
“Gauld’s stylistic toolkit―clean lines, simple shapes, and crosshatching so thick it’s nearly fabric―makes it all a pleasure to behold. He mines comedic gold from deadpan reaction shots so well timed you could set a watch by them and, weirder still, some tragic oomph for the hapless sucker.” ―Booklist on Goliath
“Satan, as we know, has had all the best tunes and much of the best literature since Milton's Paradise Lost (1666). [Goliath is] a graphic novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Tom Gauld, the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah.” ―The Independent on Goliath
“Tom Gauld's tragic, darkly funny retelling of David and Goliath from Goliath's perspective. Gauld's work is always quietly powerful and emotionally grabbing.” ―Boing Boing on Goliath
About the Author
Tom Gauld lives in London. His comics frequently appear in The Guardian, and his illustrations have appeared in The New York Times. He has designed a number of book covers.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a sturdy book, with drawings and type that feel like a bit of a throwback to my untutored eye. Stylistically, especially in the sparse landscapes, I'm reminded of Edward Gorey, whose work I know mostly from watching Mystery! on PBS as a child. Gauld's work has the same "cross hatch" style, which makes simple drawings seem quite complex. Goliath is done in three colors: black, white, and brown. The landscape, with boulders, hills, and a few scraggly leafless trees, is quite barren.
The focus of Goliath is not on action, and indeed, there is almost no action until the final frames. It's the character of Goliath, the novelty of getting the giant's back story, and the questions it raises about point of view and truth, that propel the book. I was very impressed with Gauld's ability to convey so much story through minimal text and stripped down illustrations.
That said, despite the somber tone, there are moments of wry humor in Goliath, especially in the bureaucratic muddle that is the Philistine army, and in Goliath's relationship with his shield-bearer, an eager, naive boy whose pointed questions reveal the absurdity of Goliath's situation. My one criticism of the book would be that on one or two occasions the humor veers into "cutesy" territory.
You have to watch for the small things in Goliath. In the opening pages, Goliath has gone down to the river for a drink. He absentmindedly picks up a rock. He looks at it, and lets it go. The "plop" it makes as it reenters the river is barely noticed by Goliath, but it's a strong dose of foreshadowing for the reader.Read more ›
The first task Gauld sets to is stripping away the religious aspect of the story. The only mentions of it are quotations from the Bible that set up certain portions in the story. As this epic opens, we're introduced to our giant; more gentle than menace, Goliath spends his day doing administrative paper work and hardly seems the warrior type. In fact, as the story opens, Goliath is changing shifts so that he can do more paperwork.
Soon, Goliath finds himself at the center of ending the conflict between the Philistines and Israel. He's measured for armor, given a shield bearer, and sent on a quest to challenge one Israeli warrior, brave enough to take him on. He announces himself day by day, the reluctant warrior even considers abandoning his post at one point, until that fateful day when his opponent shows up and ends it in one fell swoop.
Gauld's interpretation of history's most ruthless giant is heartbreaking and sympathetic, and in doing so restores Goliath to a more human status. He also slaps scripture in the face by having him fall backwards as he dies (In the Bible he falls forward, making for some dispute.). But it's the human aspect of Goliath's demise that really makes this story engaging; a misunderstood man a midst those that seek to use him for purposes that are unbecoming of him and that ultimately cost him his life. Grab a hanky, you'll be in for some water works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The illustrations are spare but the story made me think. Very fast read which is exactly what I needed.Published 1 month ago by Courtney Novak
This book was like so basically this is what happened. Ahahahahahaha. Dont understand? Read the review on Amxbookshop.com its more detailed.Published 2 months ago by AuthorMingXing
This is genius of elegant simplicity.
beautiful object too as a book.
All I can say is Tom Gauld is brilliant. If you liked his You're Jidtst Jealous of My Jetpack collection you will love Goliath.Published on July 24, 2013 by chris reilly
This is a really great comic. My only complaint is that I devoured it in one sitting and I'll need to wait a week or so and go back and read it again.Published on June 15, 2013 by jordan worley
This book is easily one of the best Comics of 2012. Tom Gauld is a stone cold master, and this book continues to prove it. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Thomas Morica
In Tom Gauld's story, Goliath is not a great fighter. Or a fighter at all. Bullied by his commanders because of his size, he is selected to fight the star of the other team, David. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Rodolfo S. Filho
I was happy to get this book and start reading. 20 minutes later I was happy to have gotten the book and finished reading it. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer