Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware pp, Jonathan Cape, £ What kind of man walks out on his own child? Weak?. Jimmy Corrigan, the protagonist of cartoonist Chris Ware’s epic monument to communication breakdown and the mundane surrealism of. Ware’s graphically inventive, wonderfully realized novel-in-comics follows the sad fortunes of four generations of phlegmatic, defeated men while touching on.

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Instead, it’s only frustrating and boring. But the quality of pastiche—the design and visual storytelling echo early twentieth century comics and commercial art, from Winsor McKay to art deco—put me off, as I myself had no investment in jimmmy earlier aesthetics.

Aug 20, Dave Russell rated it really liked it Shelves: An examination of trauma through history, the background story hurts just as much as the main story arc, if not more. Aug 29, Kyle rated it it was amazing. No matter how unnecessary you or others find you for whatever local and contingent sociohistorical reason, your compulsion to create and share the creation is a fundamental human drive.

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But by chriss time we know him as an adult, we have met him as a child and it’s impossible to despise him. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Apr 11, David Abrams rated it it was amazing. Just reading the apology made me cry a final time.

The big plot, though, is twofold. Elements of the novel appear to be autobiographicalparticularly Jimmy’s relationship with his father.

It was well laid out and pretty to look at but was almost cliched in its portrayal of a loner. Dense and beautiful, this book makes you work for the heart breaking ending. I guess I understand why people might consider this a masterpiece. They are really stunning. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


While painful to read, either due to the dullness in certain parts which so accurately reflects real life because not everything can be an adventure every second of everyday or the wretchedness of events, once completed, the reader is left with a peek into a man who is simultaneously so delicate yet incredibly strong.

He is the novel’s Everyman. His father disappeared for 30 years, blipped back into his life with a few phone calls and one uneasy dinner, then stood him up at what would have been their second meeting. This graphic novel is truly poignant. Mar 05, Kayfor4me rated it liked it. Guardian News and Media Limited.

The ending was quite satisfying, and ended up cgris a book I started out not liking, very close to five stars. He does not grow out of the cnris. This book assembles history, memory, and make-believe in such a poignant way.

Nov 05, Brendon Schrodinger rated it did not like it Shelves: Ma il libro racconta nel contempo anche la storia speculare del nonno e del padre del nonno. His account of the writing and meeting with his actually father is terrific and insightful and typically, for Ware, self-deprecating. Wafe Corrigan, though, is one of the five or six graphic novels I’ve read that have I love me some graphic novels but I don’t pretend that the vast majority of them rise to the level of serious literature.

His father has brought up another child – and pretty well, to judge by the “Number 1 Corrigsn T-shirts she buys him. Throughout the novel, some panels are wildly detailed while others are minimalistic. Jimmy and his ancestors, whose story you also follow is so sympathetic chrs his challenges are so recognizable and plausible. Trivia About Jimmy Corrigan, t Clash of the Mythologies 15 Sep Higher education Chris Ware reviews.


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awre Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The colors are vibrant and contrast well with the sad doings occuring in the novel. He regularly writes for Sequart and reviews comics for Newsarama. An irregular contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker where some of the pages of this book first appeared his original drawings have been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in piles behind his work table in Oak Park, Illinois.

Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth

I’m surprised that GoodReads doesn’t allow a sixth star for this book alone. On quality I’d say it deserved three stars, if it wasn’t for all the critics and what a sour and joyless lot they must be claiming it as the greatest comic book ever written. Jimmy CorriganI thought, was a highly intellectualized exercise in self-pity, its ironic sneer at the past masking its wounded longing.

None of them is in any way sympathetic. I’m sorry, I guess I’m one of those who just didn’t get it. Ma il libro racconta nel contempo anche la storia sp La triste earrh del perdente Inizio con il dire che non credo di avere mai letto una graphic novel o dovrei dire romanzo? Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x Ware, I observeis a Joycean, as am I.