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Book Title: The Quitter|
The author of the book: Harvey Pekar
Edition: Titan Books (UK)
The size of the: 525 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.4
Date of issue: May 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781845762148
Format files: PDF
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For once, a Pekar offering that leaves me tepid. Tragic. Having read a not insignificant portion of his autobiographical American Splendor comics, this was bound to happen – I was dreading the moment for some time - since inevitably some overlap will occur at some point. So here we are.
The premise isn’t half-bad though, with Pekar deciding to go back to his childhood ( a period in his life he previously hadn’t examined as much). The actual execution though, leaves much to be desired. It’s basically a dry summing up of fragmented experiences in his youth, all united by the theme of his sometimes crippling insecurity, which has plagued Pekar all his life. Some vivid, to me unknown, experiences are related here, although these salient tidbits are far and few between, and sadly aren’t enough to hold it all together. The Quitter as a long form, sustained narrative just falls flat, and subsequently doesn’t merit a publication with Vertigo ( which should have put a better editor on it ) as a standalone graphic novel, unless it is aimed at an audience that has no previous knowledge of Pekar whatsoever.
Additionally, I found Dean Haspiel’s art –who is actually quite good, and whose work is more than decent in a technical sense - to be categorically unsuitable to nail that Pekar flavour, which is very specific. It’s too polished, too slick, lacking that low key, rudimentary vitality and poetic realness which forms such a crucial part of what makes an American Splendor comic.
Trust me, I am as much of a Pekar fan as the next fellow/gal (everybody loves an old grouch), but I won’t just uncritically gobble up everything the man has put out. Better skip this one, unless you’re a hopeless completionist of course. For an example of a great Pekar graphic novel, my vote would have to go to the fantastic, more recent, Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, which I heartily recommend.
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Read information about the authorHarvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer best known for his autobiographical American Splendor series.
In 2003, the series inspired a critically acclaimed film adaptation of the same name.
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