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The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch Paperback – Illustrated, September 1, 1995
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The tale revolves around a Punch n' Judy show at a seaside carnival and how it acts as a trigger for a young boys memories of his family. As with much of Gaiman's work, there are tales within tales here, and the real story he tells is more implied than elucidated upon.
Dave McKean's art underscores this theme beautifully, with the "real" characters in the story as cartoon caricatures while the puppets look like photographs, exactly the focus with which young children would concentrate their memories. Can we not all remember a favorite toy more easily than our parents faces when we were little?
A marvelous and poignant tale well worth your time and money.
Dave McKean's always innovative artwork enhances the nightmarish quality of the piece, and Neil Gaiman's prose is captivating as always. Mr. Punch is at the very least worth a read, and will likely find itself on your bookshelf next to all the other books that quietly changed the way you look at things.
As far as Mr. Punch's story goes, it isn't simply a tale of the character. If it were, it would stay in the dark little realm that has been constructed for the character and that would be that. When I first read this story I didn't identify with Punch and Judy and so it was hard for me to understand the character. I know this was my own ignorance and it the harm it did to my perception of the book.
That goodness I had the idea of checking into Punch and Judy to understand all of this more, because the character is so much to so many people.
The story is not one of Mr. Punch, however, but of a boy that happens to find himself incolved with the character somewhat differently. It happens because of the way his parents - and grandparents - see the doll, with the hideous things he does as something that perhaps pollutes the minds of children. There is a part in the bok that stands with me because of that, with Mr. Punch taking a little baby puppet and hurling it out a window (off-stage) and then seeing the baby bleeding from its mouth with little jets of red paint.
It conveyed such horror and I could understand how the boy in the story found the need to run then.
I could also understand a lot about the boy because, amidst the rich writing and the wonderful plot, there was an artistry that really made me think "childhhood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a creepy, disturbing graphic novel by Gaiman. Illustration was spot on, arranged beautifully. I've enjoyed some of his other work more as this is very dark! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Adrienne
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean together is always a recipe for incredible visual storytelling. Granted, McKean's style wouldn't be right for all of Gaiman's work, but when they... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeremy Green
This is the first of Neil Gaiman's graphic novels I've read. I loved the graphics!Published 17 months ago by April D
I've just recently started to delve more into the world of Graphic Novels, and so far I've read mostly Neil Gaiman's work. Did I enjoy this book? Yes, absolutely. Read morePublished 19 months ago by S. Shamma
As an American, I've never seen a Punch and Judy show. These puppet shows have been performed in England for centuries. After reading Gaiman's book, I feel as if I've seen one. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cilantron and on
this story in a most odd way keeps your attention, leaves you wondering and thinking, aha. the artwork is beautiful,quirky and magical as well as disturbing, which is all fun.Published on November 12, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This was on my son's wish list. I made an order and had it mailed directly to him along with a couple other item on his Amazon wish list. He loves it!Published on April 20, 2013 by Jeri 907