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Ghost World s/c [Paperback]

Daniel Clowes
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June 22 2004
Fantagraphic's bestselling book ever with over 100,000 copies in print, Ghost World is a Catcher in the Rye for its generation and the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film. It tells the story of Enid and Rebecca, two above-it-all teenaged best friends confronted with the prospect of adulthood and the uncertain future of their friendship.

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Dan Clowes described the story in Ghost World as the examination of "the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish." From this perch comes a revelation about adolescence that is both subtle and coolly beautiful. Critics have pointed out Clowes's cynicism and vicious social commentary, but if you concentrate on those aspects, you'll miss the exquisite whole that Clowes has captured. Each chapter ends with melancholia that builds towards the amazing, detached, ghostlike ending. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA?Eight interconnected stories about two teens. Enid and Rebecca have been friends for so long that it's difficult for either of them to let the other grow or change. Now Enid will probably leave their working-class neighborhood and go away to college and Rebecca cannot accept this change in their relationship. Enid is the more radical and dramatic of the two, the one who talks a male friend into escorting her into an X-rated "adult" store. Rebecca is not so much a follower as simply more circumspect. She's the one who reasons that Josh, a friend they're both guilty of provoking sexually, really deserves to sleep with one of them after all the teasing he's weathered. While the vocabulary here is raunchy, it is accurate for the characters. These realistic 18-year-olds don't always talk nice and don't always act nice but they do have moral fiber underneath their tough-girl exteriors. It's just that they're at a point in life and a place in society where exteriors are a lot more important than nice. This is a book with distinct appeal to urban high school students, but it's certainly not for their younger brothers and sisters. Depending on where your comics are shelved, add this one where the age-appropriate audience is most likely to find it. The artwork is evocative and tasteful and the book can serve as a bridge to more literary stories of friendships.?Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Honest and well-drawn March 6 2013
Enid and Becky are done with high school. This should be the time of their lives when they party and travel to the beach. But instead, they continue to hang out at the coffee shop and music stores, or just relax by the television having normal pointless talks. You can tell from the very start that these two are best friends.

The problem: Enid doesn't listen to anything Becky says, constantly monopolizing the conversations. Treating Becky as if she were dumb and keeping mum on her plans after high school. Why would she do that? The answer is in the book.

And that is a good enough reason to read this book. It's honest. Not all friendships are good for you, and it doesn't mean that because a person is extroverted that they are able to show their true emotions.

Daniel Clowes also worked on the screenplay for the 2001 Ghostworld movie, and was nominated for an Award for best adapted screenplay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Angst Captured May 27 2012
Awesome. This was completely easy to read. Images were well drawn, but more importantly the conversations were so believable. I laughed out loud on the bus - slightly embarrassing. And the swearing emphasizes teenager disregard for time and space. Really worth owning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 22 2002
This is the first graphic novel that actually made me feel sympathy for some of the characters - made me care about them and their experiences. There's a point in the story that the girls go to a strangeish retro diner that has a hippie for an employee. One of them seems to realize something about this happy-happy seeming middle-aged man and spends some time leaving a large tip. It then flashes to a couple panels that depicts this man - no longer smiling and all - cleaning up and collecting the tip then depositing coins into a machine. I must've read those 1 or 2 pages a dozen times. I can't quite put it into meaning the reason I stuck to those pages but it really meant something to me. I guess the author just fleshes out the characters to such an extent that you just have to care about them. There are many other notable scenes too. Ghost World is simply a brilliant book about people and their "real" lives as opposed to the ones other people think they lead. Don't listen to the haters because this graphic novel changed my opinion about comics once and for all after reading an umpteenth amount of pulpy Batman ishes. They really can have heart and meaning about them and that's the important thing. Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillinat writing, Brilliant art April 24 2004
Daniel Clowes', 'Ghost World,' is a shining example on how effective the medium of the graphic novel can be when coupled with fantastic, highly literate writing. Clowes' brilliance is demonstrated with his remarkable ability in capturing dialogue and the psyches of his late-teenage female characters - Enid and Becky. In fact, their characterizations and conversations seems so authentic and natural that it's almost as if Clowes videotaped real-life snippets of actual teenagers lives and then fashioned comic strips out of them.
Unlike the movie adaptation, which had a sustained narrative, the graphic novel is comprised of episodic vignettes that seem more like a collection of short stories. These little tales are packed with so much melodrama, sharp-humour, keen observation and emotion that by the time you're finished with this 80 or so page book you'll feel like you've already digested volumes.
I can't recommend this book highly enough and whether or not you've seen the movie you definitely need to read the original source. Top quality stuff all the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daunting May 13 2011
This graphic novel relates the wanderings of Enid and Rebecca, who have just finished high school and are ambivalent about everything, whether it is about their future, their opinions, their place in society or their orientation.

Enid and Rebecca are obsessed by losers and mediocre culture. They are witty and judgmental on what surrounds them - and quite vocal about it as well - but on the other hand they are uncomfortable in their few attempts at self-assessment.

I "think" that I enjoyed this book (not sure yet, since the novel makes me uneasy) because, as a reader, I found myself being absorbed by Enid and Rebecca the same way they are obsessed with mediocrity. For me, the fact that the author was successful in transferring to the reader the main character trait of Enid and Rebecca makes reading this graphic novel quite an experience. In my view, Daniel Clowes is to graphic novels what Todd Solondz is to filmmaking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the movie... June 13 2004
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I didn't like the Ghost world movie, but the graphic novel was a lot better. There were a couple of times I got confused with people (heh, maybe it's just me) but it was funny and there were moments when I could relate to the characters and the artwork was cool what with the blue and all and so overall I would recommend it to anyone who is as addicted to graphic novels as I am.
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4.0 out of 5 stars struggle to find who you are March 7 2004
I saw the movie upon recommendation from my ex-girlfriend (as if that matters), and that's the way I found this gem out, as so many others have. This was my first encounter with Daniel Clowes, and I loved it. He always maintain some self-defacing quality in his humor (see Eightball, for example), but that actually translates to the search for true self in a rather seriously frustrating (pseudo-)real-world experiences of Enid and her pals. It is quite amazing what Clowes captures in what he probably could not experience himself --- the life of a "teenage girl" who avoids to fit in, yet could not find her own comfortable niche.
My criticism is that Ghost World is too short. I find some seriously deep qualities in what are depicted; yet the development of story goes too fast that literally nothing gets elaborate enough for me to slow down and appreciate to the extend that I wish. After reading, I just wished strongly I could read more of the stuff.
Maybe that's the joy of graphic novels --- so much is left for readers to wonder. Or it is just me having read numerous Japanese comics with elaborate story lines --- I can assure that a Japanese manga artist would make 20 volumes of comics out of a cool story like this. In any case, this one certainly made me interested in Clowes other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Paradigm of Great Screenwriting
Ghost World is one of those great movies reliant on its screenplay. While director Terry Zwigoff certainly made his 2001 film visually fresh and inventive, the film's energy and... Read more
Published on March 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
Had never read what after looking through a few of the reviews here I now know is called a "graphic novel. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew people like this in High School...
I saw the movie because of an interview of Daniel Clowes I heard on NPR. Then I bought the book because the movie was so good, and everyone knows the book is always better than... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by Nels Lindberg
4.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who has seen the movie before the book......
I would say that the story is a little different from what you saw on the big screen. The movie twisted a few of the plot points around, changing the character's interactions, but... Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars This book and David Boring . . .
had a lot to do with convincing me that a graphic novel could really achieve the depth and complexity of a genuine work of art. Read more
Published on June 28 2003 by Gulley Jimson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Yet another angsty novel about high school outcasts. The material is tedious at best.
Published on Dec 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Watch the Movie!
But if you did, rest assure that the book doesn't [disappoint]. I read this book when I was Enid and Becky's age, and I tell you, though it's a comic book, it was and still is the... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002
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