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The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Graphic Canon Series) Paperback – October 2, 2012
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The illustrations are AMAZING. Some of my current favorites are the ones for Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (watercolors, I think. Really beautiful and colorful) and Herman Melville's Moby Dick (surreal, geometric). Some of the artistic interpretations of the works are really interesting (i.e. William Wordsworth's I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud) as well.
The illustrations are varied enough that I think everyone would be able to find something they really like. If you are in any way an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Fan, there is an entire section devoted to Alice Art!
Overall, highly recommended. I look forward to the release of volume 3!
The book is not full color. There are a few sections with full color but there are *way more* sections of black and white and spot color (spot color is one or two additional colors added to a black and white page-- not full color). I had the impression the book was all color. Not even close.
The stories are not complete. Instead of a story, you get a chapter, part, paragraph, or sometimes even just a sentence is illustrated out of a whole work. That's okay, I guess. But again, I had the impression from reading the description that a story or tale was being told, not a fraction of a story. I should have known better, I suppose, but it seems like they could have been honest in the description. Instead of saying "Midsummer Night's Dream" they could have said "the first page of Act Two of Midsummer Night's Dream" or even just "a highlight from" or something like that.
I am enjoying the wide selection from history and the huge variety of styles on display. I recommend these books but I wish they would be honest in the description. I hope this review gives you realistic expectations so you can enjoy these books 100% when you receive them.
Most of the art is, again, stunning, such as the gorgeous illustrations of Kubla Khan, Frankenstein, Jabberwocky and The Picture of Dorian Gray, just to name a few. Almost everything in the Alice in Wonderland gallery is breathtaking. Other works are not breathtaking, but interesting and well-suited to the literary piece they represent; the treatment of Walden is a perfect, charming example of this. But some works are just plain ugly. Art that is ugly is often good art, but in these cases the grotesque nature of the illustrations seems to do nothing except...well, sit there and be grotesque. In at least one other case, the illustration work is perfect, but then silly political extremism ruins the entire impact. I literally laughed out loud when I reached the panels where Seth Tobocman, in illustrating the words of Frederick Douglass, portrays the well-fed, unthinkingly violent, ineffective and intellectually bankrupt vandals of the anarchist black bloc as the heirs of Douglass' abolitionism.
The problems with story choice that occurred in the first volume are not nearly as common here, though a full treatment of any number of 19th Century works (such as a second Dickens work, Madame Bovary, even Uncle Tom's Cabin) could have replaced Venus in Furs or either of the opium fantasy works included here.Read more ›
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Unusual approach to abbreviating the classics through the use of art. It is well done and quite creative.Published 16 months ago by Phyllis J. Moore
While my family has enjoyed these works, this book is not the volume that we would want to treasure. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by M. Heiss
as good as number 1 waiting on number 3. (words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, The additional 11words required for publication)Published on March 24, 2013 by EastCoastAl