Thursday, December 15, 2011
So, you're looking for some nice, speedy, light reading over the winter break?
Stitches is a speedy read, that much is true. But it is by no means light or nice. Unless "nice" can be interpreted to mean riveting in a horrified and traumatized-by-proxy kind of way.
My reading buddy, Monica, tackled this graphic novel during a readathon a couple of years ago. Here's her reaction.
Appetizer: In this memoir, amazing children's illustrator David Small shares about his dysfunctional childhood. At six, he and his mother visited his maternal grandmother. The woman would prove to be unstable. At eleven, David would begin to develop a growth on his neck that would not be operated on until he was 14-years-old. The series of surgeries would leave David with only a single vocal chord. Silenced and living in a house with people who barely speak, Stitches is the story of David finding his voice and avoiding the insanity his mother and grandfather could easily drive him towards.
The graphic novel repeatedly references Lolita and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The allusions to Alice and the white rabbit are particularly wonderful.
Tasty Rating: !!!!
Wow, I'm off to find a something with some humor now.