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Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth By Chris Ware Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published It won the Guardian First Book Award the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize It is

  • Title: Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
  • Author: Chris Ware
  • ISBN: 9780224063975
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth By Chris Ware Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published It won the Guardian First Book Award 2001, the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize.It is the tragic autobiography of an office dogsbody in Chicago who one day meets the father who abandoned him as a child With a subtle, complex and moving story and the drawingsJimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published It won the Guardian First Book Award 2001, the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize.It is the tragic autobiography of an office dogsbody in Chicago who one day meets the father who abandoned him as a child With a subtle, complex and moving story and the drawings that are as simple and original as they are strikingly beautiful, Jimmy Corrigan is a book unlike any other and certainly not to be missed.
    Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth By Chris Ware

    Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth Pantheon Jimmy Corrigan is presented and treated in a way that never insults your intelligence, is never trite and is oft surprising As if that weren t enough, Ware s delightful sense of design, his colors and line and sense of place, are all reproduced exquisitely High quality paper and highly saturated inks No, I do not know the guy. Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware Sep , Jimmy Corriganhas rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published It won the GuardianFirst Book Award , the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize It is the tragic autobiography of an office dogsbody in Chicago who one day meets the father who abandoned him as a child. Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth Summary Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth is a graphic novel by American author and artist Chris Ware First published in full in , it originated as a serial in the Chicago newspaper Newcity. Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth Pantheon Apr , This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a pleasantly decorated view at a lonely and emotionally impaired everyman Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth , who is provided, at age , the opportunity to meet his father for the first time An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between s Chicago and s small town Michigan, the reader is helped along by Jim Corrigan Jim Corrigan is the name of three fictional characters that have appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics The first Corrigan initially appeared in More Fun Comics February , a deceased cop acting as host to the cosmic entity the Spectre, and was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily.

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    1. Paul Bryant on said:

      This is a five star graphic novel , so I am giving it five stars However, I hated it Well, no, I didn t hate it, I hated reading it So I am abandoning it with relief.The great thing about this book is the brilliant graphic concepts which dazzle and delight on every other page They are really stunning The unreadable thing about this book is its subject matter, which is the life of a miserable loner with a bullying father examined in very great painful detail Rarely has a book been so original in [...]

    2. Orsodimondo on said:

      IL FIORE NELL URNA CINERARIA il disegnatore che ha vinto pi premi di qualsiasi altro del suo settore Il primo fumettista chiamato a esporre al Whitney Museum e nel 2006 gli stata dedicata una personale al Museum of Contemporary Art di Chicago Chris Ware stato appassionato di Peanuts sin da piccolo, al punto che scrisse una lettera a Charlie Brown per San Valentino perch gli dispiaceva il suo eroe di matita non ne ricevesse mai nessuna.Professa reverenza ed pronto a genuflettersi davanti al grand [...]

    3. Fabian on said:

      I guess I understand why people may consider this a masterpiece I, myself not a wholehearted admirer of the graphic novel, am usually very surprised by the narrative techniques and posh styles used in famous comics like Watchmen , Maus , most recently Ghost World This one is said to elevate the medium to another level and it kinda sorta does like witnessing Jim Carrey going from funnyman to dramatic actor The story is so droll, boring, sad did I really need this type of monotony and even, ironic [...]

    4. Jay on said:

      I m surprised that GoodReads doesn t allow a sixth star for this book alone I can not say enough great things about Jimmy Corrigan Honestly, it changed my life, and I can t imagine anyone not being in awe of its mathematics, literally and figuratively This book is like the Catcher in the Rye for graphic novels It raised the bar and it will not be matched for a very long time Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Breathtaking and deep Brilliant.

    5. Dave Russell on said:

      This is my third foray into the world of graphic novels This book compels me to continue into this genre Chris Ware tells a heart rending story of loneliness, but what truly captured my admiration was the artwork He does a sort of stylistic 180 from the narrative While the story is intimate and emotional his images sort of stand back He employs repeated frames of seemingly insignificant details, such as a bird moving along a tree branch He emphasizes the alienation of the characters by focusing [...]

    6. Kyle on said:

      I love me some graphic novels but I don t pretend that the vast majority of them rise to the level of serious literature Most of the time I look for the large number of books out there that are clever as in, better than 90% of TV as a mindless respite between novels And in the case of ones such as Louis Riel, Berlin, or Maus, I get a little bit of education without trudging through a 600 page history book Jimmy Corrigan, though, is one of the five or six graphic novels I ve read that have simply [...]

    7. Kayfor4me on said:

      Imagine life eclipsed by imagination The bloodiest, the most beautiful, the most vulnerable imaginings, and the disintegration of wishes as we make them This is how life unfolds in the mind of Jimmy Corrigan, the desolate main character in Chris Ware s graphic novel Jimmy speaks full sentences only when he imagines In his mind he has courage, kills people, commits suicide, has sex, and is the smartest kid on earth In his actual life, Jimmy is a spineless, aging man, with no friends and no romant [...]

    8. Melki on said:

      I won t lie to you I spent days not liking this book.Jimmy Corrigan is described by the author as a lonely, emotionally impaired human castaway You got that right He s also possibly the dullest man on Earth and Chris Ware does not skimp on the tedium Panel after cartoon panel of people sitting in diners, doctors offices, and hospital waiting rooms.This is WAY too much like MY life.Then we meet Jimmy s grandfather, a sad and lonely child, and his great grandfather, who helped build the White City [...]

    9. Nick on said:

      Well, the technical quality of the art is certainly good, and it s formally inventive and all that, and it most definitely does an effective job at maintaining and conveying a consistent mood if you were feeling charitable, you could even say that there s something kind of magnificent about it s overwhelming, unrelieved bleakness but when I was finished I couldn t for the life of me figure out what the point of the whole thing had been On quality I d say it deserved three stars, if it wasn t for [...]

    10. Geoff Sebesta on said:

      I read Jimmy Corrigan sitting in a Denny s in Florida in 2000, watching the Bush Gore election returns I just finished rereading it again today It s nowhere near as depressing as it was the first time, but then, how could it be I remember putting the book down in 2000 when I got to the last page and realized the complexity of the joke that has been pulled on him, the author, and us He will never be happy It will never end, and never change Superman is not going to save him.This time it was nowhe [...]

    11. Robert Beveridge on said:

      Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth Pantheon, 2003 I don t think it would be overreaching to say that, even if it is not, Charis Ware s Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth has been touted as the single book that ignited the renaissance of popularity and social acceptability in graphic novels in America it was almost certainly the first to be widely discussed in entertainment magazines and on National Public Radio It took me a while to get round to it, and I m thankful for t [...]

    12. John Pistelli on said:

      In lieu of an essay, some notes with spoilers 1 I both intellectually acknowledge the brilliance of this book and viscerally dislike it 2 I bought it and began reading it in late 2000 I set it aside after about 100 pages and only took it up again a library copy I have no idea where mine is two days ago Back in 2000, when I was all of 18, I remember being immensely moved by some of those first 100 pages Jimmy s fantasy of being murdered by Superman, in particular, overwhelmed me But the quality o [...]

    13. Mark on said:

      Incredibly sad The impressive thing is most of the melancholy doesn t stem from overwrought, dramatic events but rather the eerily believable facets of Jimmy s life The drab apartment buildings with neglected trees and empty parking lots, complete with a McDonald s arch in the distance Jimmy eating a can of Campbell s soup by himself after stammering his way through a conversation with his overbearing mother The shitty Thanksgiving decorations at the retirement home he visits Although the book s [...]

    14. Tom Tabasco on said:

      The art gets six stars, but the content deserves less than zero stars Hence, a generous 3 Chris Ware is the Johann Sebastian Bach of drawing graphic novels pages, but as for the stories he chooses to tell the HORROR, the HORROR Someone else should have written the script, and let the author do only the drawings This semi autobiographical story about a character who is the caricature of insecurity is not endearing, not warm hearted, not empathetic, not interesting, not inspirational, and not even [...]

    15. David Schaafsma on said:

      I have read this 3 4 times but never felt ready to review it in the manner it deserves and am still not quite ready This is a great work, maybe the very work that catapulted Ware into the upper reaches of the comics hierarchy Ware, one of the 4 5 most influential and greatest comics writers in the world, started this graphic novel with the intention to do a summer of strips in 1995 for an alternative mag here in Chicago, New City, where is was buried where comics are usually buried, in the want [...]

    16. Patrick on said:

      I know this is the graphic novel to end all graphic novels but I have to say I wasn t terribly blown away It was well laid out and pretty to look at but was almost cliched in its portrayal of a loner Meh.

    17. Nicki on said:

      Jimmy Corrigan is a self conscious, mother pleasing, middle aged man who is still encased in the unshed angst of a teenager After getting an invitation to visit his father, whom he s never met, he sets off on what becomes quite a little adventure compared to his uneventful life That s Jimmy Corrigan, the character, in a nutshell But Jimmy Corrigan, the book, is so much Every time Miguel would look to see what page I was on, he d declare, You re reading it too fast Indeed, with so much visual ri [...]

    18. Vi on said:

      This graphic novel is truly poignant Flipping through the book, you find little superficial evidence to corroborate my statement Which is precisely why you ought to plunge in and get past your initial impression If you are looking for artwork la Sandman or Kabuki, you may wrongfully judge the simple style of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth Push forward and don t miss exploring his mind and emotions As other readers have mentioned, the pace can be a bit sluggish and due to the subject [...]

    19. Rebecca Foster on said:

      This is probably the most peculiar graphic novel I ve ever read It s the story of Jimmy Corrigan, a sad sack workaholic who, at 36, has no friends apart from his mother, who constantly telephones him One day he gets a letter from the father he s never met, asking him to come meet him And so Jimmy gets on a plane from Chicago out to suburban Michigan.Corrigan is one of those unfortunate looking fellows who has a potato for a head and a wispy comb over, and could be anywhere between 30 and 60 he l [...]

    20. David Abrams on said:

      I ve read my fair share of graphic novels though less than I should , and Chris Ware is still the one who touches me deepest I haven t read Alison Bechdel s Fun Home, which has piled up the accolades, but for my money nothing can beat Ware s Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth for sheer beautiful misery Published in 2000, one year before our national tragedy, it chronicled the awkward, lonely life of the titular loser who must deal with father issues in the bleak midwinter of his life Imag [...]

    21. Vale on said:

      E una graphic novel costruita per gli appassionati del genere perch decostruisce il genere stesso In realt molto difficile leggerla in quanto lunga e ricca di immagini che smesso creano confusione, ma l autore non smette di prendere in giro il suo lettore e di ironizzare sul genere neanche un momento, sin dalla copertina E la storia del povero Jimmy, ne vogliamo parlare Fa male, ma caspita quanto vera Non potr pi pensare in futuro al concetto di solitudine senza pensare a Jimmy Corrigan e alla s [...]

    22. Nadja on said:

      Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth war ein kleines Abenteuer Startete vielversprechend, dann zuerst sehr verwirrend ber einen spannenden Mittelteil bis zum bisschen unbefriedigten und doch total passenden Ende Chris Ware hat da schon etwas Tolles geschaffen

    23. Brendon Schrodinger on said:

      This is essentially a graphic novel version of Confederacy of Dunces The main character is a bland two dimensional simpleton who has a depressing life There is nothing entertaining about this story, nor informative It is pointless I cannot empathise with the character at all.So essentially, if you thought Dunces was a masterpiece, you ll love this For everyone else, steer well clear.

    24. stuti on said:

      i understand why this book is called a masterpiece and it definitely is, especially graphically but damn it was incredibly depressing i really didn t enjoy reading it and idk if i would recommend maybe if u love art and aren t as susceptible to sheer pathetic loneliness

    25. Anne on said:

      A friend, a physicist actually, recommended this to me after I rolled my eyes at superhero comic books It s really great, heavy stuff In just episode 1, Jimmy gets to meet his hero at a convention, who macks on his mom, stays the night, ignores Jimmy, and then leaves Jimmy to pass on his regrets greetings to the mom The big plot, though, is twofold One, how Jimmy gets re discovered by his father, who had earlier walked It turns out the father had re married, and the story of that family is one b [...]

    26. Álvaro Galán Zapatera on said:

      Lo que cuenta este c mic es tan triste, tan lleno de momentos mezquinos, tan inc modo, que he tenido que leerlo poco a poco para no contagiarme de su esp ritu deprimente.Es muy bueno, y muy complejo, y en ocasiones su dibujo infantil da paso a una estructura de vi eta enrevesada, no apta para principiantes.Es un c mic largo, adulto, para pensar y para disfrutar de sus meandros argumentales, de sus coincidencias y desacuerdos.A veces se nota que hay partes que act an como antolog a de las tiras q [...]

    27. Samantha on said:

      I can t with this book any I picked it up cause it was on s 100 Books to Read in Your Lifetime I hated it so hard It s depressing and confusing and even depressing I couldn t find any redeeming qualities for this book It also confused me like crazy, I liked the The Story So Far part because then I actually had a clue as to what was going on It jumped around so much between present, Jimmy s daydreams , the past and who knows what else that I couldn t keep track No thanks Finally gave up on it.

    28. Venkat Narayanan on said:

      This is probably a 6 star book It definitely needs a re read, re view and then a re review Even then it will still be a half baked thing.Melancholic, funny and at points weird So re read and re read and then probably I can rate the book The 4 stars are for me, the reader, someone who needs to learn to step into Ware s shoes and look at Corrigan through his eyes.

    29. Joshua on said:

      There wasn t a single person in this book that I liked, and yet it s still one of the most amazing books I ve ever read Chris Ware is the not the kind of artist that I suspect most readers will appreciate, as most of the characters in this book were arguably the most miserably wretched human beings on the planet the story was not pleasant, the choices that were made by the characters only resulted in heart ache, and by the end of the book there was an overwhelming feeling that one had Bourne wi [...]

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