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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A Contract with God by Will Eisner

First book of the year! This was our January selection for the Graphic Novel discussion group at one of my local bookstores.

Title: A Contract with God
Author: Will Eisner
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780393328042
Publisher: W. W. Norton &Company
Format: Paperback
Available: December 17, 2006
Rating: 4/5 stars

Considered by some as the "first" graphic novel, Will Eisner's A Contract With God is an unapologetic look at tenement living in NYC in the 30s. Taken from his own recollections from his childhood, Eisner creates 4 stories that combine to create a novel that is both unique in its vision as well as brutal in its honesty. Told as much in pictures as in words, Eisner used this book as a stepping stone to creating a body of work using the then blossoming, now growing medium of the graphic novel.

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