Book Review: Blankets

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blankets by Craig Thompson

4/5 stars

This is a remarkable and visually stunning graphic memoir about the author's childhood in a very religious household, his first love and his journey to becoming an adult and an artist. I don't want to say much more than that, because to totally understand it you should just read the entire thing!

I truly enjoyed the story Thompson weaves, and despite the cover calling it a novel, the description and book itself do lead me to believe that it's more of a memoir, though I guess that means it may not be entirely nonfiction. Very confusing!

Either way, the best part of this book (in my personal opinion) is the artwork. It is absolutely beautiful. He draws the book entirely in black and white, which oftentimes seems to reflect the starkness of the scenery or emotions of the story. It is an honest, moving, heavy book and one that feels like it demands to be taken seriously. There are plenty of lighter moments, certainly, but even those are tinged with the memory of other heavier topics the novels draws on--child abuse, loss of love, pressure of religion, conformity, etc.

It is a remarkable book and I'd recommend it even for those who don't generally read graphic novels. It is in a league of it's own.

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