Graphic Novel - 2017
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"On a tiny lighthouse island far from the rest of the world, a lonely hermit lives out his existence. Every week a supply boat leaves provisions, its occupants never meeting him, never asking the obvious questions: Who are you? Why do you hide? Why do you never leave? What is it like to be so alone? Years spent on a deserted rock--a lifetime, really--with imagination his sole companion has made the lighthouse keeper something more than alone, something else entirely. For him, what lies beyond the horizon might be...nothing. And so, why not stay put? But one day, as a new boatman starts asking the questions all others have avoided, a chain of events unfolds that will irrevocably upend the hermit's solitary life."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery 13, 2017
Edition: First Gallery 13 trade paperback edition
Branch Call Number: 741.5 C428a
Characteristics: 368 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm


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KHCPL_Doug Mar 27, 2018

Christophe Chaboute creates a beautifully stark world in this graphic novel. Told almost entirely with rich, detailed drawings, it's the story of an isolated man self exiled on a rock in the middle of an ocean. When routine is disturbed by the compassion and empathy of a stranger, the prisoner of the island realizes there is more. Having lived his life alone, with only his imagination and his routine, he begins to see there is a world beyond the lonely, wave crashed horizon. It's beautifully told, with each panel it's own story. Despite the intimidating size, it's 378 pages, because so much of the story is told with illustrations it's a quick read.

Mar 25, 2018

Crude pen and ink drawings. Few characters (all male except one brief appearanc by a token female). A short, short hate filled story. For preteens, I guess.

Feb 13, 2018

Lovingly illustrated story of a solitary life. A recluse who has lived his entire life in a lighthouse isolated at sea with only a fish and a dictionary for companionship, he chooses words at random and imagines their manifestations. At times their meanings are obscured by his lack of worldly experience, often with humorous results for the reader, at others, their meanings are painfully transparent. Though it’s a thick book, it’s the work of half an hour to read it – for me, over too soon. The drawings are so detailed, I’m sure I missed things that will make the second pass richer. Satisfying.

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