American Splendor Paperback – Jul 29 2003
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we are all in the same boat...some just sink faster.
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.
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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It's one of the marks of a genius that he can see what's extraordinary in the ordinary. That's Harvey Pekar's gift. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004
"Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff". After seeing the trailer of the movie adaptation of American Splendor I knew that I had to see it. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Phillip Smith
This book contains two classic comic anthologies in one volume. It features the contents of the out of print books American Splendor and More American Splendor. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by Johnny Heering