Sloth

by Hernandez, Gilbert.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Graphic Novel GR H
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novel
 
Call Number  GR H
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Graphic Novels Teen Graphic Novel H
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Teen Graphic Novels
 
Call Number  Teen Graphic Novel H
 
 
Summary
"SLOTH is a welcome head trip."--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY"Full of David Lynch-like inversions, haunted lemon orchards and indie rock bands, SLOTH is a tale you read once and immediately read again."--US NEWS & WORLD REPORTEisner Award-winning creator Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) dazzles with this dark coming-of-age tale available for the first time in trade paperback. One year after slipping into a coma, teenager Miguel Torres awakens to a new world where everything has literally slowed down. Hernandez deftly crafts a hypnotic tale Playboy calls "a slyly magical tale of troubled teens in suburbia."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Love and Rockets co-creator Hernandez takes a break from chronicling the lives of the inhabitants of the Latin American village of Palomar and their stateside relatives to create a brand-new set of characters. The title of his book about them refers to troubled teen Miguel Serra, who reacts to his broken home and the vapidity of suburban life by willing himself into a coma. He emerges a year later, walking at a glacial pace that leads other kids to tauntingly call him Sloth--which happens to be the name of the rock band he had formed with girlfriend, Lita, and mutual friend Romeo. When the three conduct a Blair Witch-like investigation of a lemon orchard said to be haunted by an eerie Goatman who can inhabit the bodies of his victims, they stumble onto the truth behind the urban legend. Hernandez developed his Palomar cast over the course of two decades, but in Sloth he has created a trio of vivid, sympathetic characters and an equally convincing milieu right off the bat, as well as sequences, particularly the nocturnal scenes in the mysterious orchard, as pictorially gorgeous as anything he's ever drawn. Given his masterful visual chops, that's saying something. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The much heralded Love & Rockets cartoonist turns in his first original graphic novel and it showcases a creator still making vital work after two decades. The story is of young people too creative, too smart and too passionate for the constraints of suburbia. Miguel Serra wakes up from a yearlong coma, slower physically but not mentally. He is literally out of step with the rest of the world, a perfectly disaffected youth. Miguel, his friend Romeo and girlfriend Lita use rock 'n' roll, urban legends and sex to feel alive. It leads to a love triangle that complicates things nicely. Hernandez takes a big gamble in the middle of the book by having everyone change roles in the story. It's unclear at first whether it pays off, but eventually the reader sees the characters from different angles, making the humanity in the story stronger as our sympathies are challenged. Hernandez has been compared to Garcia Marquez, and uses heavy symbolism, in this case the image of a lemon orchard, which represents both the unconscious and how plant life makes the rest of the world look artificial. Sloth packs a lot of emotion and complicated storytelling into an unusual tale. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bildungsromans.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :Vertigo,2006
Contributors Fletcher, Jared K.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781401203689 (pbk.)
9781401203665 (hbk.)
1401203663 (hbk.)
140120368X (pbk.)
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