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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (July 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345468309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345468307
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bryant on March 26 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first paperback collection of Harvey's work, and no collection is complete without it. There are more one- and two-page stories than his later work, and this edition does concentrate on Harvey's work life more than anything else. The longer story on how he got to meet Bob Crumb is priceless. It never fails to amaze me how truthful Harvey is about his character flaws, and that's one reason his work is so compelling. Definitely worth the money and time to have Amazon hunt this one down for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Fasnacht on April 30 2004
Format: Paperback
I had all of Harvey's comic books up until 1980. When I came back from Navy boot camp I looked all over the house for them. I couldn't find them, however, and came to find out my mom threw them away! It was a huge disappointment because anyone that has read his accounts can identify with the material. I forgot about American Splendor until a few years ago...when I came across a copy of the anthology at a book store here in Cleveland. I bought it and found the other anthology and Our Cancer Year at Amazon. Bought both issues without a thought. You can take solace in the fact that "you aren't the only one" going through these things. It is very cathartic. Sometimes I'm glad I don't have Harvey's problems and other times I would trade mine for his. A friend of mine, knowing my conservative views, was surprised to find my interest in American Splendor. "Sure", I told him, "Harvey is on the left and I'm on the right politically, but life's problems aren't political. Hey, when you get to thinking about it a broken down car or lost glasses afflict us all." I would recommend this book to everyone because
we are all in the same boat...some just sink faster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santiago Endara on Oct. 21 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of some of the best graphic stories of American Splendor by Harvey Pekar.

I saw the movie American Splendor years ago and I liked it but at that time I didn't have access to buy this book, so when I found it recently in the Public Library I checked it out.

I can say now that is one of the best books I have read lately. I can describe it as a series of interesting reflections and essays about life, loneliness, the search of the meaning of a man's life, the search for happiness, despair, hope, etc. All stories, about 4 to 8 pages in average, are written with honesty and in a smart and witty way.

This book is a proof of how amazing the mix between words and graphics can be as both can work together in order to transmit emotions, ideas, states of mind, etc.

I liked the book so much that after returning it to the Public Library, I bought it to keep these excellent "Graphic Essays" always at hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on June 9 2004
Format: Paperback
When I was a student at the University of South carolina in 1987, I was browsing through the library and I came across "American Splendor" with the cartoon cover of Harvey on a Johnny Carsonish talk show. It looked interesting, and when I read it- WHOA!
These are stories straight from real life like you've never read them before! The tale of the old man who tells Harvey great stories,but clams up when he meets an attractive lady. Emil,the lonely Slav whose racism covers his insecurities, Mr. Boats, the cranky old man whose race (African-American) is never called attention to in the stories. I was moved more than anything I've read since Charles Schulz and said, "DAMN! If this guy can write like this,I should give it a try."
Since then,I've been a newspaper commetator as well as a writer of historical articles.
Thank you Harvey, for showing me that I can.
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