Blankets is on my top 10 list of favorite books, and one of my top 5 favorite graphic novels. Thompson really sucks you into his world with his creative illustrations, and the way that he portrays emotional situations with so much paisley and so many swirls is breathtaking - it makes me want to live inside his mind.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves realistic graphic novels that tell a long lasting story. I found this book around the time that I was questioning my own religious beliefs, and Craig mirrored them effortlessly in this novel. I felt like some of the lines were taken out of my own head.
While it's a bit romance and a bit coming of age, the story is more a character study of Craig, a young man growing up and dealing with his past, present, and future with very little guidance. He leads the reader through a wonderfully told story, to the point that it feels like listening to an old friend tell a story about a childhood lover. Craig grows so much throughout the book; his childhood images are suitably stark and terrifying in the way that only the eyes of children can see; and his views as a teenager will echo with you.
Thompson does so much with this book, I can't even imagine how long it must have taken him to sit down and draw everything. I almost wish that I could make a blanket out of this book, silly as that sounds, because the story has grown so comforting to me - I know I must have read it at least 5 times in the past few years. I cannot recommend this book enough.
It is not often that a novel is accompanied with a soundtrack, and graphic novels are not something with which I am very knowledgeable. Blankets, by Craig Thompson, has peaked my interest and delivered and emotionally-touching response from me. My sister gave this novel to me for my birthday one year, which is not surprising since she and her husband own a comic book store. But comics were something I was never really into before I read this book. The artwork is so delicate … more
Pros: Relatable, real story; Image flow Cons: Ending left me unsatisfied The Bottom Line: A beautifully written and illustrated novel about a young man's religious upbringing and first love. On a recent shopping spree with my librarian mother, I picked up a copy of Blankets by Craig Thompson. I'd seen the monstrous graphic novel on the shelf of the library where I'm employed several times, and knew it was something I wanted … more