Retro Friday Reviews are hosted by Angieville. Basically you review an older book on Fridays.
When I began reading reviews of Blankets by Craig Thompson I assumed it was Christian fiction and religious. So, while I wanted to read Blankets, I put no priority on it and made no effort to seek the graphic novel out. After seeing a positive review of Habibi on My Books. My Life. — I had a change of heart and it was a turning point in seeking out and placing holds on Craig Thompson’s books.
Blankets by Craig Thompson is an autobiographical story about Thompson’s coming of age. It opens with childhood and Craig sharing a bed with his little brother Phil where they pretend the bed is a ship on the high seas. It’s really very sweet. Portraits of bullying pepper the story and one feels for Craig who fits in nowhere. Then we shift to Christmas breaks where Craig would go to church camp for a week and eventually fall for a girl named Raina.
Oh, friends Blankets by Craig Thompson made me ache. First, for Craig being unable to protect his brother, Phil, from a bad experience. Then from the schoolyard taunts. Then love found and lost. Blankets is very moving. I guess seeing the pain visually adds to the emotional experience.
And while I thought I would be turned off by the faith thing -faith is a very large theme in Blankets– I had assumed there but be preachiness, but actually the faith in Blankets was something I could personally relate to. We get to see Craig’s perceptions and beliefs shift. Honestly, I went through something very similar as a college student as well – a shift in my belief system.
If you are looking to start reading graphic novels, don’t mind nudity and want a tender, moving read, I’m just putting this out there, but you should totally try Blankets by Craig Thompson. It is fantastic.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library.