- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Lion Forge (May 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941302386
- ISBN-13: 978-1941302385
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Verdict A wonderful work that can be enjoyed by adults and those who may not regularly seek out graphic novels, it may be used as a gateway to introduce new readers to the graphic novel medium.-Taylor Silva, Fall River P.L., MA
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Sam is a photographer. He counts numbers in his head because he doesn’t want to think. He listens to the same song over and over. His memories are like digital pictures. Memories that don’t turn out well, he deletes. Sam is on a New York adventure, living for two months without speaking to another human being. He plans to write a photo essay about it and to publish it in the magazine he co-founded. The other co-founded helped Sam devise this challenge as a way to get over the pain of a loss.
Sam has taken 400 photos and somehow the same girl has ended up in dozens of them. Who is she? How did that happen? Part of Sam’s challenge is that his habit of deleting unpleasant memories is coming back to haunt him. Of course, getting answers isn’t easy when you aren’t allowed to ask questions.
Many of the scenes show the mystery woman and Sam in the same area, often oblivious to each other’s presence. One point of the story, I think, is its illustration of the notion that we need to open our eyes, to look outside of ourselves, if we don’t want to miss the things that might truly be important.
Bevilacqua writes in a minimalist, poetic style, letting the pictures tell most of the story, as good graphic novels should. I like the way the art tells one story while the text tells another, both working to make the story whole. The technique allows the reader to see relationships that would not be evident by reading the text or looking at the art alone.
Sam’s musings articulate an appealing, if unfinished, philosophy of life, parts of which might usefully blend into the reader’s own unfinished philosophy of life. Some of the story is about finding a preferred rhythm of life, and perhaps finding a place, or a person, whose rhythm matches your own.
The element of magic I mentioned might be real or it might be in Sam’s head. Is Sam entirely sane? Maybe not. Is anybody? But some connections have their own kind of magic — even when we don’t see the connections, don’t know they exist — and I think that’s the point the story is making. The story doesn’t try to be deeply philosophical, and maybe it stretches a bit to make its points, maybe it even borders on being overly sentimental, but the story is narrated in a voice that feels true, and I have to give it credit for being so well done.
I love the art, particularly the cityscapes. They’re almost impressionistic but they capture the reality of the city.
This story was heart-warming and unique. It gives an unique perspective of life, the world around us and how we miss little moments because we are so focused on ourselves. The setting is great because it shows how even in a big and crowded city we can still feel very much alone.
The characters are great and their depth is amazing. The drawings are definitely one of my favourite details of this graphic novel with the style and the colours and how they change and grow with the story line.
I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in putting things into perspective and to remember what is really important in life.
This review was originally published on NetGalley.
This graphic novel has some beautiful cover art and an interesting premise about a man who goes to NYC simply to observe the world around him. He chooses to quit speaking in order to better understand the connections of the world around him.
I must say that the art is simply gorgeous. I loved the page long panels that depict NYC. But I can't say that I fully grasped the story. I was ready, I think, for something about human connection. And this, this is something else entirely. It's about pain and loss, and about setting rules for yourself that can't be broken, and about how a city you love can help you heal you. That last part is really where the story lost me. It might have been a little too abstract for me.