Hardcover Æ Stitches Epub Ê

Hardcover  Æ Stitches Epub Ê One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen year old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to dieIn Stitches, Small, the award winning children s illustrator and author, re creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David a highly anxious yet supremely talented child all too often became the unwitting object of his parents buried frustration and rageBelieving that they were trying to do their best, David s parents did just the reverse Edward Small, a Detroit physician, who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son s respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David s cancer Elizabeth, David s mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hiddenDepicting this coming of age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen with nothing than the dream of becoming an artist will resonate as the ultimate survival statemen I am not going to tell you anything about this book I m sure you re thinking that s an odd way to begin a review, but that s how I went into this book, and it worked for me I was doing an interview with Booklist last weekend and I asked the interviewer what he thought was the graphic novel of the year so far Without even having to consider, he said, STITCHES My publicist picked an advanced review copy up for me at ALA and I am thrilled that she did I didn t know anything about it except t I am not going to tell you anything about this book I m sure you re thinking that s an odd way to begin a review, but that s how I went into this book, and it worked for me I was doing an interview with Booklist last weekend and I asked the interviewer what he thought was the graphic novel of the year so far Without even having to consider, he said, STITCHES My publicist picked an advanced review copy up for me at ALA and I am thrilled that she did I didn t know anything about it except that it was a memoir written as a graphic novel, and that it was supposed to be fabulous which makes me naturally mistrustful, of course I didn t even read the back just opened it up in the airport and fell in So I won t tell you what this book is about I will tell you this David Small shines in illustrating the small details that make people real This is a fairly dark book, but there were parts were I laughed out loud at Small s cunning characterizations If you read other reviews, you ll see they call the style cinematic and stunning and it s both of those things It s also whimsical, sad, and ultimately uplifting It has possibly the best final line of any book I ve read Definitely one I ll be buying in hardcover and my favorite graphic novel for the past several years Stunningly done and a good pick for adults who haven t stuck their toe in the graphic novel pool The water s fine wondering why all my reviews are five stars Because I m only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can t believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew Mama had her little coughOnce or twice, some quiet sobbing, out of sightOr the slamming of kitchen doors That was her language Dad, home from work, went down to the basement and thumped a punching bag That was his language My brother, Ted, beat on his drum And I, too, had learned a way of expressing myself wordlesslyGetting sick, that was my language.Stitches is a poignant, sometimes tragicomic memoir of David Small, best known as the author and illustrator of numerous pictureMama had her little coughOnce or twice, some quiet sobbing, out of sightOr the slamming of kitchen doors That was her language Dad, home from work, went down to the basement and thumped a punching bag That was his language My brother, Ted, beat on his drum And I, too, had learned a way of expressing myself wordlesslyGetting sick, that was my language.Stitches is a poignant, sometimes tragicomic memoir of David Small, best known as the author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children Through this emotional and cathartic graphic memoir, David takes the reader back to his childhood in Detroit, which was not a happy oneDad never there except occasionally for one of mother s dry, burned little meals mother coiled tight inside her shell of angry, resentful silence my brother in his, and I in mine When David was eleven, a friend of his mother noticed that he had a growth in his neck It took his uncaring and egotistical parents, who had other priorities,than three years, before they decided to let the cyst surgically remove The consequences were devastating for David, but nevertheless at home, everything stayed the same Needless to say that the indifferent, hostile attitude of his parents, left deep scars, possibly even deeper than the stitches on his throat David became a resentful teenager, and at the age of fifteen, he was sent home from his school with the advice to seek psychiatric help This is a very accomplished graphic memoir a small masterpiece even The art is gorgeous and highly creative in conveying David s vulnerability, emotions, and the pain inflicted on him by his oppressive, uncaring parents David never learned to speak his mind at home This book shows that he nevertheless found his voice Beautiful, unforgettable and highly recommended My Goodness Horrendously cruel and unloving parents, a nasty grandma, lies and a shocking surprise lead to a nightmare of a memoir and rather disturbing, but powerful work of graphic art.STITCHES is aptly named with creepy book cover and illustrations to match dipicting a horror of a family and a sad child turned troubled teen When you have no voice, you don t exist Interesting and unusual medical reveal about David s mother at the conclusion. If it were up to me, all biographies and memoirs would be written in graphic novel form Fun Home A Family Tragicomic, The Complete Maus, The Complete Persepolis, Blankets these are all near perfect expressions of personal and familial experience The power of imagery saves the subject matter from being bogged down by the excessively wordy, self justifying tendencies of some, and the oblique, pseudo poetic drivel of others The best graphic novel memoirs and biographies seem to combat these t If it were up to me, all biographies and memoirs would be written in graphic novel form Fun Home A Family Tragicomic, The Complete Maus, The Complete Persepolis, Blankets these are all near perfect expressions of personal and familial experience The power of imagery saves the subject matter from being bogged down by the excessively wordy, self justifying tendencies of some, and the oblique, pseudo poetic drivel of others The best graphic novel memoirs and biographies seem to combat these tendencies by utilizing a profound economy made possible by the the concentrated effect of the visual Everyone knows the old truism, a picture is worth a thousand words, but books like these show you what it really means to tell a story visually Stitches is perhaps one of the best examples of this, even compared to the aforementioned masterpieces of the genre Spare is the keyword here, as simple and often entirely silent series of panels tell a heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive coming of age story.Childhood is a bizarre and dangerous time so much of who we are is the result of those formative years, and so much can go wrong Some of us get lucky and we enter adulthood with nothing but a few minor scrapes and mental bruises, mitigated by affection and happy memories But some of us are like David Small, and we are scarred.A bleak childhood and the questionable practices of 1950 s medicine including the ministrations of Small s radiologist father leave Small scarred inside as well as out The story is not a pleasant one, and there is no real humor to lighten the burden of disclosure, but it is told with such subtle beauty that it is worth the pain, like life itself often proves to be I apologize at this maudlin tendency, but there it is.Silence, both literal and metaphorical is the tool most often and effectively used by Small as he relates his traumatic and disturbing youth Rendered voiceless for years by a mysterious medical procedure, he understands the power and difficulty of silence His family doesn t communicate typical of their repressive time and even with a voice, Small is rarely heard Perhaps it is this lack of voice that gives him the ability to encapsulate a swathe of years in a few lines and the subtle shading of a face He is definitely a master of facial expressions, if not of vocalization.There are moments of, if not joy, then understanding from time to time And there are some truly disturbing events as well view spoiler When your father gives you cancer, your mother is a secret lesbian and your grandmother is a homicidal lunatic, what hope do you have of normalcy hide spoiler But life is full of both, it just seems that he got a bitof the latter and at the end of his story I found myself surprised that he didn t grow up to be a serial killer David Small and the rest of us should be very thankful for the cathartic effect of storytelling And good therapists

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