Displacement: A Travelogue Kindle ã Displacement: A

Displacement: A Travelogue Kindle ã Displacement: A There is something so pleasant and inviting about everything Knisley does The color, the cute way she depicts herself and her family and her earnest and positive approach to life, whether she is talking about a love affair she has on a book tour or her family I read every word of this and can say I sorta liked it, just because it is so darned pleasant If you pick up this book you are hoping it will be a tour through the wine country of France again, yay But here it is Displacement is a book There is something so pleasant and inviting about everything Knisley does The color, the cute way she depicts herself and her family and her earnest and positive approach to life, whether she is talking about a love affair she has on a book tour or her family I read every word of this and can say I sorta liked it, just because it is so darned pleasant If you pick up this book you are hoping it will be a tour through the wine country of France again, yay But here it is Displacement is a book about a cruise she agreed take with her 90 year old grandparents, which was really goodhearted of her to do but made her mainly miserable as she could barely keep up, as they had have physical and mental challenges that she could barely cope with Nothing really happens in the book, we get to know no one else as she has to spend all her time with her rapidly declining grands And the reflections on aging and mortality or being grumpy about her unhelpful family are not that original or deep Knisley brings along her Grandpa s world war II diy memoir of his service in WWII and in this one way you get to see his past and get to know just that much a vibrant, committed man who once was strong and clearheaded We don t get a history of grandma, and not much about either of them that would help us really connect to them and care for them, unfortunately Because we don t really get to know them except as lost and declining and spaced out nonagenarians, and in the process she sort of turns us into the people she resents on the ship who don t really care about them and sometimes sneer at the accidents and the challenges they pose to others who just really came on the cruise to escape, damn it NO ONE in this story is someone you want to get to know, the cruise makes us hate people as selfish and boorish, including her family We become these uncaring people, too, as readers or maybe its just me, sorry And a little bit I resent being turned into that although, sure, Lucy, I am in charge of my own feelings So the final effect of this beautiful artifact isn t all that sweet about her and her grands, but leads us to thinklike her Dad says shoot me if I ever get like that, dude No really useful reflections on aging and mortality, except that it sucks to get old The cover, where she holds her grandma in a pool, is one of the few nice and warm images of a caring grandkid, and I like her using her grandpa s memoir, and her artwork is warm and accomplished and colorful, but on the whole we feel her relief when she gets back and doesn t have to do this any That makes it sad for me, as a late middle aged guy I wantinsight and less regret Help me out here SpoilersLucy Knisley s travelogue graphic memoir of when she accompanied her elderly grandparents on a cruise It was interesting and bittersweet to read, it was also somewhat stressful, as it was easy to relate to all the difficulties and pressures Lucy was feeling in looking after her fragile and easily confused grandparents I felt quite sorry for all of them, the vulnerability of her grandparents and the fear Lucy was going though in being wholly responsible for them was kind of terrifying a SpoilersLucy Knisley s travelogue graphic memoir of when she accompanied her elderly grandparents on a cruise It was interesting and bittersweet to read, it was also somewhat stressful, as it was easy to relate to all the difficulties and pressures Lucy was feeling in looking after her fragile and easily confused grandparents I felt quite sorry for all of them, the vulnerability of her grandparents and the fear Lucy was going though in being wholly responsible for them was kind of terrifying and depressing Loved the inclusion of the grandfather s diary entries about his time as a soldier in WW2, they were fascinating and made for a sobering contrast to his present day self.Really enjoyed the illustrations Oof This is a sad and uncomfortable read More so or at least every bit as reflective and painful as This light but still quietly devastating little travelogue might be the best thing Lucy Knisley has ever written Drawn Created Mixed media confuses word choice Her first two travelogues French Milk and An Age of License were explorations of her own maturation as she saw different parts of the world, but this one is on a whole other level Her grandparents Allen and Phyllis are 93 and 90 years old respectively, and have signed up to go on a Caribbean cruise with a group from their assisted This light but still quietly devastating little travelogue might be the best thing Lucy Knisley has ever written Drawn Created Mixed media confuses word choice Her first two travelogues French Milk and An Age of License were explorations of her own maturation as she saw different parts of the world, but this one is on a whole other level Her grandparents Allen and Phyllis are 93 and 90 years old respectively, and have signed up to go on a Caribbean cruise with a group from their assisted living facility They weren t big travelers when they were young and mobile, so this decision perplexes their family Not to mention both of them aren t capable of handling daily living by themselves, let alone a stressful trip in strange surroundings None of their children can make it on the cruise, so Lucy volunteers to accompany them as their caregiver on their week long vacation What follows is an account of Lucy s frustrations, fears, anger and sadness as she s confronted head on with just how in decline her grandparents whom she calls her grands are Her grandfather is still mostly there mentally, but is severely physically limited, and her grandmother has dementia Both retired schoolteachers, they have been married for sixty seven years Lucy channels her frustrations and loneliness at caring for them in a setting where you re meant to be with family or partners Her grandmother in particular is challenging because she was extremely stern and emotionally reserved even when she was healthy, and now her fading memory means she experiences setbacks all the time that are just aggravated by being in a place she isn t familiar with.Amidst all this new scenery as she cares for them, she takes the opportunity to reflect on her relationship with her own parents, what her father s relationship with his parents must have been like the grands in this book , and her own mortality Sandwiched in between all of that, she ends every chapter which each cover a day in the trip with an illustrated excerpt of her grandfather s WWII memoir The contrast between the stories he tells of his time in the Air Force as a young man really put into new perspective his current day life As for the art itself, it s her best yet The deceivingly simple style that she favors is perfect for capturing the devastation and the beauty and humor and joy of all the smaller moments in life Her use of line and color is just perfect It is quite simply a beautiful book in every way you can think of, and I m so glad I read it In her graphic memoirs, New York Times best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts and all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham Girls In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise The book s watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves She is aided in her quest by her grandfather s WWII memoir, which is excerpted Readers will identify with Knisley s frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents frailty This one hit a lot of sweet spots for me, and it was a random find I wander the stacks of the King County Library System pretty regularly, but I am only looking for something particular about 25% of the time The rest of the time I go do one of three things look through the audiobooks look through the graphic novel section or try to find random short books in the fiction aisles I found this book today in the graphic novel section and it was the right book at the right time for me But it is This one hit a lot of sweet spots for me, and it was a random find I wander the stacks of the King County Library System pretty regularly, but I am only looking for something particular about 25% of the time The rest of the time I go do one of three things look through the audiobooks look through the graphic novel section or try to find random short books in the fiction aisles I found this book today in the graphic novel section and it was the right book at the right time for me But it is probably the wrong book for a lot of people, and after you finish this review, I m fairly confident you ll know if it s for you Displacement A Travelogue has approachable artwork and an easily followed storyline and speech pattern Some graphic novels are really frustrating when you can t tell where your eyes should go or they just feel like work There was really nothing off putting about the art The story, however, might not be relatable for a lot of people, but it s painfully relatable to me A few years back, author Lucy Knisley, at 27, took her elderly grandparents on a 10 day cruise in the Caribbean They wanted to go and signed up through their retirement community, but both of her grandparents had health issues, including dementia for her grandmother Their extended family was worried about them going alone rightly so Knisley offered to go for several reasons, most notably to spend time with her grandparents and help out, but also because it might be fun to explore somewhere new and it was an opportunity for another travelogue story This book is that trip, told from her perspective My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer s at 61 and it s been a rough few years I think anyone who has ever spent time being a caregiver for a loved one will feel a connection with Lucy s reactions in this book It s hard to be patient There s no reasoning sometimes There s a lot of frustration with people out in the world who judge things based on their appearances with no further contemplation of what could actually be happening There s very little rest and there s constant worry It s uncomfortable to read about and it s uncomfortable to experience But it s weirdly comfortable to read about other people having the same sorts of feelings It s cathartic and even though this isn t some earth shattering book about caring for people, it still made me feel like someone else out there gets it There are literally thousands if not millions of us going through this and it just isn t talked about enough Throughout the book, Knisley inserts sections of her grandfather s war memoir, along with accompanying artwork Some of the stories are pretty gruesome Others light hearted I thought this was such an important part of the book because it s something you just have to do to keep some semblance of sanity, though it is definitely heartbreaking You have to think about and appreciate all the memories your loved one has made All the history they ve lived and the people they ve known and touched You have to remember them as the person they were but adjust your actions to deal with them as they are now And, for sure, you have to try to keep a sense of humor about it all because you ll just lose it if you don t.So yeah, that s that I ll definitely be reading the rest of Knisley s work The author is known for her graphic memoirs, and this is the third one of hers I ve read In this installment, the 20 something author decides to accompany her 90 something grandparents on a Caribbean cruise This memoir recounts those 10 days, the ups and downs of traveling with aging grandparents, and the heartbreak of watching those you love get closer to death.The art remains true to her style of being light, airy, and fun What I really liked in this installment is that the author explores The author is known for her graphic memoirs, and this is the third one of hers I ve read In this installment, the 20 something author decides to accompany her 90 something grandparents on a Caribbean cruise This memoir recounts those 10 days, the ups and downs of traveling with aging grandparents, and the heartbreak of watching those you love get closer to death.The art remains true to her style of being light, airy, and fun What I really liked in this installment is that the author explores her complex emotions better than any of her other works I ve read This story was both funny and sad, and I think if the author allows herself to dig deeper as she ages, she ll be one to watch This little book is a graphic as in illustrated comic book style memoir of a vacation the author took at age 27 with her 90 something year old grandparents The grands , as she called them, decided to take a cruise with others from their retirement community The couple s four children panicked and all decided that someone needed to accompany them to supervise The author was single and between books so, thinking a cruise to the Caribbean during a gloomy New England winter could be a fun ex This little book is a graphic as in illustrated comic book style memoir of a vacation the author took at age 27 with her 90 something year old grandparents The grands , as she called them, decided to take a cruise with others from their retirement community The couple s four children panicked and all decided that someone needed to accompany them to supervise The author was single and between books so, thinking a cruise to the Caribbean during a gloomy New England winter could be a fun experience and a time to bond with the grands , she volunteered for the job I m not sure she fully realized the enormous responsibility she was taking on Her grandmother had dementia and her grandfather was asthmatic and somewhat incontinent, and both were frail The trip was stressful and led the author to think about aging and her own mortality, something I doubt many 27 year olds often consider I have never had much interest in going on a cruise and this book has pretty much solidified that inclination Spending a week crowded onto a ship the size of a small city with a lot of selfish, unlikable people did not make a cruise sound very enticing I m not sure how much her grandparents really enjoyed the trip either, as their needs were so all consuming and it was disorienting for her grandmother to be in such an unfamiliar setting I liked the book, but I wouldn t call it a happy read It s just life we are all on a road to the eventual frailties of age, if we last so long Perhaps getting an up close view of that reality would make a twenty something a littleappreciative of her own youth Onething I liked about the book was that Ms Knisley included excerpts from her grandfather s World War II memoirs It was a little glimpse of the young man he had once been Even though Lucy Knisely s graphic memoirs are consistently three star books for me, I have to credit her with having some quality that makes me immediately seek out each one as soon as I learn of its existence. Bought this little gem of a book at Strand s New York just by flipping through the colorful drawings and the theme, and became absorbed, then later finished it during lunch munching on a slice of Joe s Margherita pizza.At the time, I did not realize that she also wrote drew Relish, which everyone in my family had enjoyed She s known for her graphic memoirs In this installment, the young author went on a cruise with her Grandparents Both of them were over 90 at that time and her Grandma also s Bought this little gem of a book at Strand s New York just by flipping through the colorful drawings and the theme, and became absorbed, then later finished it during lunch munching on a slice of Joe s Margherita pizza.At the time, I did not realize that she also wrote drew Relish, which everyone in my family had enjoyed She s known for her graphic memoirs In this installment, the young author went on a cruise with her Grandparents Both of them were over 90 at that time and her Grandma also suffers from dementia.I rarely give a book 5 stars unless I could feel the heart of the author Lucy Knisley is definitely wise beyond her years, observant, funny, loving yet is able to depict all her feelings for the world and the people in it using beautiful heart warming drawings and her words Her interactions with her Grandparents were delightful yet sometimes sad to read, as we are all constantly being reminded of the fragility of human life, and unforgiving baggage of old age I ll be ordering her two other books

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