Book review: Blankets

June 8, 2009

Title: Blankets
Author: Craig Thompson
Pages: 582

I decided to read Blankets when I found it on Time magazine’s list of All-TIME Graphic Novels.  It is a semi-autobiographical novel on the author’s childhood and his first love.

Thompson grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural America. His family wasn’t exactly well-off and his father was a very strict man.

The art in this book is black-and-white and is quite detailed in many places. It looks rough and sketchy in many places, which is probably intentional. The story is interesting and the author is open about his weak points, fears and doubts.

At 582 pages, this graphic novel must have taken a monumental effort for the author to complete.  Definitely worth reading.


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