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Nicolas (2009)

by Pascal Girard(Favorite Author)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 2
1897299710 (ISBN13: 9781897299715)
Drawn & Quarterly
review 1: When I picked up this book in my hand, what struck me was how small it is... maybe half the size of the 'usual' graphic novel, and quite thin... and when opened, it revealed almost child-like black line drawings... on a plain white background.I flipped through, and even reading only one or two pages here and there, I knew this would be a book I would really enjoy.I was not mistaken!I really identified with the character in this book, as he looks back, through these simple cartoons, apon the affect hic brother's death had on him.It's hard to lose a loved one, but when you're very young, it's even harder- and sometimes, in a rare blue moon, we get someone who is able to articulate what that is like, without it falling into one sad pile of angst. This is that someone.You'll f... moreeel what he feels- apathy, grief, joy, agony... but it ranges far and wide, and though the book takes very little time to read, it will stick with you a LONG time.Well done!
review 2: I saw this on eBay going for 99p and saw that Drawn & Quarterly were the publishers so I snapped it up. As I expected Drawn & Quarterly = quality. I don't know if this is part of a series but the label "Petits Livres" is correct, this is a small book, little bigger than a beer mat. It tells the story of Girard and his younger brother Nicolas. They have a strong relationship as until one day Girard finds that his brother has died. This affects the rest of his life where he gets involved with drugs and has trouble in relationships with women. One day he decides to let go of the guilt and anger by writing a short comic about his brother and how his death affected his growing up. This helps him come to terms with the loss of his infant brother. It's drawn in a simple style reminiscent of Jeffrey Brown with one or two drawings per small page, no panels. It's a very quick read but worth your attention (though I wouldn't pay a fiver for it!). less
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I don't see how this could be any better at what it is, and in that sense, it deserves five stars.
Très beau, très vrai, très drôle et triste à la fois.
quick read.
Very sweet
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