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Truth In Advertising
on June 24, 2002
In the lower right-hand corner of the cover, Chris Ware calls this book "A bold experiment in reader tolerance", and he ain't kidding.....This was one of the most hard-to-follow, dragged-out affairs I've ever read.
The book follows three generations of men (All named Jimmy Corrigan)...They're Father, Son, and Grandson, but Ware draws them all exactly the same, so I had a hell of a time figuring out just who we were watching at any given time. I had to use the different lettering styles each characters story is told with to tell them apart. There were times where my tolerance was stretched to the breaking point, and I actually had to get up and walk away from the book, before I picked it up and tossed it out the window. Ware is also enamored of long stretches of tiny blocks of print that contribute nothing to the narrative. I'll never know just what that page of restaurant descriptions was supposed to be about, because I got so bored I skipped right past it.
I'll admit that by the end, I was fully drawn in to the sad tale, but getting there was a real struggle. The book is beautifully designed, and is a nice package for the price. It just seemed like a long trip to nowhere, though......