Not Simple

Not Simple

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Complex, powerful, and emotionally wrenching, not simple is a novel told in visual form by one of the most acclaimed creators at work today.

Complex, powerful, and emotionally wrenching, not simple is a novel told in visual form by one of the most acclaimed creators at work today.

Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Ian, a young man with a fractured family history, travels from Australia to England to America in the hope of realizing his dreams and reuniting with his beloved sister. His story unfolds backwards through the framing narrative of Jim, a reporter driven to capture Ian's experiences in a novel: not simple. A story within a story, a book within a book, a tale about the search for family, for an emotional home.
Publisher: San Francisco, California : Viz Media LLC ; 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2010.
ISBN: 9781421532202
Characteristics: 316 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,21 cm.

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reverendmike
Feb 28, 2019

The story is fairly bleak/dark. Don't expect a lot of wonderful things to happen. There's a certain level of humanity and hope. I felt bad for the main character (Ian): he had to deal with numerous challenges, essentially out of his control. Well-worth reading. Due to some "mature themes", I'd recommend this for teens and older (14+ years, perhaps). My only criticism of the novel: the characters (the drawings/illustrations) were not as distinct as I'd like. But, still: go ahead and read this.

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peaceismyname101
Jul 29, 2014

This book is one of those graphic books that's so well-written. The concept of telling the story backwards knowing what will happen in the end like a tragic Shakespearean style is beautiful. The story is heartbreaking and just sad.

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reverendmike
Feb 28, 2019

reverendmike thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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peaceismyname101
Jul 29, 2014

peaceismyname101 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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