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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Men at Sea (Book Review)

Comic books and graphic novels are making their return. In many quarters they are replacing novels because they are showing a story, not only telling it. I tend to prefer the printed word (don't judge me), there is still a place for talented art blended with a good yarn. 

Riff Rebs (born in Algeria, raised in Le Havre, France) has made a name for himself by taking classic works and blending them with graphic representations. Such is the book, Men at Sea, an opus of eight spectacularly drawn dark, poetic stories, freely adapted.

From galley slaves being inspected by a young lady of royal blood to Homer's Odyssey, with Ulysses standing on deck navigating between Scilla and Charybdis, the journeys are graphically represented.

My sense is that it might make an interesting gift to the millennial or Gen X'er in your life.

From Men at Sea:


7 comments:

  1. That reminds me of the old Classics Illustrated "comic book" editions of great books and stories. I still have three from Dad's childhood, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Call of the Wild, and Rip van Winkle. 25 cents each. I loved those things when I first learned to read. They're not quite read to pieces, but I've no idea what to do with them now (no grandkids to pass them down to, even if most kids of today wouldn't have any interest in them).

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  2. I like to read and sometimes it's good to have pictures.

    Speaking of which, I was in a pub once with a friend overlooking the Thames. She, a model, was reading the Sunday Guardian (puke). Conversation went like this.

    "I say, didn't know you could read."
    "Can't, but I write like a Trojan."

    Straight to the top of the class.

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    1. Your mojo allows you to get away with it

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    2. Well, we're an irregular unit.

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  3. Reminds me of Tales of the Black Freighter from Watchmen.

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