Ghost World s/c Paperback – Jun 24 2004
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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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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.
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.
And what a suprise! "Ghost World" was true, natural, human. The qualities, I think, of the finest literature. I was so moved by my quick first reading of the book that I've gone to the trouble of trying to remember my Amazon password just so I could write this review.
I'm not qualified to judge the drawings, but some of them--"drôle d'Al," as the French translator calls him, serving Enid a plate of onion rings or Rebecca, timid and ashamed, showing up at Josh's place at quarter to three in the morning--had me laughing out loud or shaking my head in wonder.
The art is interesting, blending a surrealistic attention to kitschy detail with a well-proportioned reasonableness. Everything is bathed in an eerie blue glow, which Clowes (NPR interview) likened to the illumination of a television screen at night. It does not shy from the boring ugliness of ordinary life.
The story is about Enid and Rebecca wresting with an adult world that, in the summer after their high school graduation, expects them to join it. As their caustic banter shows, they are very aware of adulthood's boring ugliness, and band together to resist. They rebel against tedium, with mixed success, before realizing that they need to get on with their lives. "Ghost World" tells this universal story of American life with grace and wit. I really recommend this book.
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Enid and Becky are done with high school. This should be the time of their lives when they party and travel to the beach. Read morePublished on March 6 2013 by Book Cupid
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. Read morePublished on May 27 2012 by Who the hell is Natalie Varios
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... Read morePublished on May 13 2011 by S. Lavigne
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... Read morePublished on June 13 2004
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 morePublished on July 18 2003 by Alicia
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 morePublished on June 28 2003 by Gulley Jimson
Yet another angsty novel about high school outcasts. The material is tedious at best.Published on Dec 17 2002