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Lighter Than My Shadow (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Katie Green (Tekijä)

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A poignant, heart-lifting graphic memoir about anorexia, eating disorders and the journey to recovery Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behaviour might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness. 'Even at its most heartbreaking it never feels sombre ... Inspiring, plucky and, in the end, consoling, it's hard to put down' Observer… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:joannabgaff
Teoksen nimi:Lighter Than My Shadow
Kirjailijat:Katie Green (Tekijä)
Info:Jonathan Cape (2013), Edition: 01, 508 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:graphic-novel, ya

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 19) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Beautiful and powerful, Lighter Than My Shadow is a perfect example of the benefits of a graphic novel format rather than a traditional prose novel. The visual depiction of Katie's thinning body, her warped body image (and the way she sees other around her as fatter than they are), her distance when she watches herself binge, the flashbacks of her abuse... all are raw and stunningly depicted, more real to the reader than simply reading descriptions would be.

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  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Lighter than my Shadow: A quiet and beautiful punch to the heart
(See website copy of review for Artwwork samples!)

Some novels have to be broken into pieces in order to remain emotionally healthy. I remember reading a Henry Rollin's poetry book called 'To see a grown man cry', which tore at me a bit and I could only read a handful of pages at a time before taking a break; it was raw and impacting. Katie Green's graphic novel 'Lighter than my Shadow' held the same impact. It was well drawn and emotionally charged, fairly depressing but honest and real.

As with Rollin's poetry, 'Lighter than my Shadow' was immensely beautiful, worth the pain and effort to consume. They were both a punch to the heart that I had to consume in sections to refrain from being bruised.

Lighter than my Shadow (Katie Green)
516 pages
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ISBN-10: 1941302416
ISBN-13: 978-1941302415

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The graphic memoir genre has been growing in size over the last few years as very talented people with very interesting histories recognize the value of the presentation. Green's 'Lighter than my Shadow' fits easily into the accepting graphic format and discusses very candidly the topics of Anorexia, Binge eating, and abuse.

As memoir alludes, the point of view in this work is that of a younger Katie Green, starting with her early school years and following her through college. She battles confusing body perceptions, social pressures, and the impact of these things on her personal perception of self. She is frequently told her view of the world is inferior by people who do not try to understand.

The story hurt to read. It was concise and as outsiders looking in, we can see problems removed from emotion. We are able to pick up on the social queues and foreshadowing that time muffles and blurs when someone is experiencing it first hand.

Green's artwork was stunning, keeping several elements simplistic yet emotive (such as facial features), focusing instead on the depth of universe and backgrounds. Katie has a solid representation of her internal struggles in the form of a looming black cloud over her head. The cloud begins to form when she dwells on mean phrases yelled at her by schoolboys. The internal monologue gets louder and more forceful as she gets older and further into troubling habits, splitting her in two in jagged rips. The black cloud gets larger and louder as well, blotting out all other things. Her insatiable compensating Binge hunger is represented by an ever-growing mouth in her stomach which consumes the universe at one point.

The book is not without fault, though to be clear the the faults are NOT with the artwork or the story. There is an element of the written descriptions which were sometimes a bit confusing. Mental thoughts that are unspoken are presented exactly the same as speech bubbles for vocal conversations. The difference is only a slightly dotted line rather than a curved solid. If not precisely viewed, these sometimes are missed or easily read as solid. Because of this, there was a minor amount of re-reading needed to ensure that complex sections were fully understood.

While the subject matter of this book requires some nudity, it should be noted that the story and art might not be appropriate for all age groups.

Highly recommended!

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Disclosure:
This graphic novel was presented for review purposes by the publisher. I can actually see them in my mind's eye sitting in dark rooms with bright futuristic antigravity chairs and legal pads, plotting how to earn extra airline miles by putting office donut purchases on their personal credit cards. The folks in marketing and order fulfillment are surely grateful for the pastries, but they know they are pawns in a 1% gain scheme. I am not influenced by such schemes and can advise that this review was likewise not influenced. I do love free donuts though. ( )
  Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
As someone who has struggled with eating on the spectrum of eating types. this bookwas painfully sad and yet beautiful in its honesty. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
nonfiction; graphic memoir (eating disorders, sexual abuse, recovery) ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
A GORGEOUS story of the hardship of recovering from an eating disorder and how to forgive yourself. 🖤 ( )
  lispylibrarian | Dec 11, 2019 |
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A poignant, heart-lifting graphic memoir about anorexia, eating disorders and the journey to recovery Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behaviour might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness. 'Even at its most heartbreaking it never feels sombre ... Inspiring, plucky and, in the end, consoling, it's hard to put down' Observer

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