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February 22, 2009

5 Down, 47 To Go "Baloney" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Last year a friend gave me a copy of White Rapids, Pascal Blanchet's graphic novel about the rise and fall of a mythical Quebec town. That quick read has easily become one of my favorite graphic novels.

Blanchet's follow-up to White Rapids, Baloney, was actually written before White Rapids, but has just been translated into English. This tragic story of a butcher mourning the loss of his wife and his daughter, blinded by cataracts and missing an arm and a leg takes a bold turn when an optimistic tutor enters their lives. Blanchet's artwork has a dark, retro quality reminiscent of the film noir of the 1930's, and Blanchet even includes a music playlist for the book filled with dark orchestral movements by Prokofiev, Shostakovitch, and others (indeed, the book is subtitled. "A Tale in 3 Symphonic Acts"). Though not the instant classic White Rapids became, Baloney is still a wonderfully told dark tale of love and sorrow.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Who Would Buy This? The Archie McPhee Story, by Mark Pahlow.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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