The Alcoholic

The Alcoholic

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"Jonathan A. is a boozed-up, coked-out, sexually confused, hopelessly romantic and, of course, entirely fictional novelist who bears only a coincidental resemblance to real-life writer Jonathan Ames, critically acclaimed author of Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man and What's Not to Love? For the fictional Jonathan, writing and drinking come easy. The hard parts of life are love and hope. From a touching relationship between Jonathan and his aging great aunt, to an inebriated evening with an amorous, octogenarian dwarf, to the devastating aftermath of 9/11, Ames's first original graphic novel, with gritty, poignant art by Dean Haspiel (THE QUITTER), tells a story at once hilarious, excruciating, bizarre and universal, about how our lives fall to pieces and the enduring human struggle to put things back together again" -- from publisher's web site.
Published: New York, NY : Vertigo, c2008.
ISBN: 9781401210564
1401210562
Branch Call Number: GN ALC
Characteristics: 136 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Haspiel, Dean

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Mark_Daly
Apr 15, 2016

One of the best graphic novels of its kind, and an outstanding collaboration between writer and artist. Ames brings a novelistic depth and a disarmingly personable storytelling style to his account of a self-tortured writer. It's simultaneously a coming-of-age story, a writer's story, an alcoholic's story and a New York story. Highly recommended for adventurous readers who want to try the graphic novel format.

bibliophile80 Sep 26, 2011

I have to say that this graphic novel was an absolutely fantastic read. It has a great drawing style, it is well written, and the characters, especially the main character, have depth to their personas.

The story was, as I mentioned before, written as if I were watching a movie based on a true story. There were many points the main character pointed out that were actually - in psychological ways - plausible. The character deals with many emotional states that jepordize his life, and his drinking does'nt help his cause. He attributes many of his intemprances to his parents; he deals with his best friend, and with " Seattle" a girl he can't get over, no matter what he does to forget her.

All in all, the Alcoholic does a great job illustrating and illuminating the life of an alcoholic.

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