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  • Title: Mother, Come Home
  • Author: Paul Hornschemeier
  • ISBN: 9781560979739
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier s piercing graphic novel debut, long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover It secured the cartoonist s place as one of his generation s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved a harbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to explore most consistently in later work the nuclear fMother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier s piercing graphic novel debut, long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover It secured the cartoonist s place as one of his generation s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved a harbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to explore most consistently in later work the nuclear family.Mother, Come Home quietly studies the inner lives of recently widowed David and his 7 year old son, Thomas both are unable to deal with their grief directly Thomas, protected by a lion s mask that his mother gave him, constructs an identity for himself as the groundskeeper ritual and routine, already important to children that age, become paramount to him He struggles desperately to keep up appearances while his father, a professor of symbolic logic, becomes lost in abstractions Father and son begin to retreat into their fantasies, but only one emerges.Mother, Come Home is masterfully drawn Eisner , Harvey , and Ignatz Award nominated Hornschemeier s controlled brushwork is clean, and his nine panel page layouts pace David s inexorable descent into utter despair Hornschemeier is equally precise when it comes to Mother, Come Home s color palette subdued but warm, which suits the story s melancholy and contemplative mode Mother, Come Home is a powerful work with universal themes of anguish and loss.
    Mother Come Home Mother Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier s piercing graphic novel debut long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover It secured the cartoonist s place as one of his generation s

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    1. i can t even get close to reviewing this book well, who asked you to , they sneer i can t but i feel like i have to i have been putting it off for a really long time now but i think i have to get it over with once and for all this review done, i am going to wash my hands of all complicated human emotions because this week has been far too full of mourning and apprehension and second guessing and worry after this, i am pure cylon and you can all go to hell with your feelings after this review, of [...]

    2. Puissant Melancholy at its striking best.There is a sweet pain and there is a bad pain Sometimes, some souls suffer sufferings Not a problem, not uncommon.The problem begins when they start loving this suffering.To be frank, I did not expect a book to render me clueless after 25% of its total page length I did not know where it was heading, what the genre was or am I reading an actual book even And then it came to me Hard and powerful The keeper of the grounds and the mask he wears I was too stu [...]

    3. My mother loved to give presents Ever felt as if you re so shattered after reading a book that hardly one or two sentences will come out of your mouth, not just because you are flabbergasted with the brilliancy of the book but also because you are troubled to see what situations people go through dealing with death of their loved ones The story is about a son and father dealing with the death of their mother wife.Both have different styles of handling the situation Made me think about As I Lay D [...]

    4. Shit.This one disarmed me.Today is beautiful outside A little warm for my tastes, but this is the weather normal people like and they all go outside and do normal people things Personally I like a little gloominess, a little overcast skies, even some rain It doesn t have to be cold, but I m not a hot weather kind of gal I do not like to sweat Or even glisten I do not like to glisten.But in honor of the nice weather, I took the longest walk known to man, and it was good I went all over the place, [...]

    5. 1.5 starsThis was just so weird for me The story is about a boy and his father The boy s mother has just died and his father is basically like a zombie that he neglects his 7yr old son The uncle and aunt try and step in and help but it s not enough Dad gets institutionalized and the boy goes to live with uncle and aunt There were just so many things wrong with this book The print was so hard to read, I almost gave up into the first two pages The colors were a muddy, depressing tone it fit the mo [...]

    6. so i read this book because 1 it was a graphic novel and as of late, being a new mommy and all, graphic novels complement my short attention span very well 2 i was familiar with this guy because of the whole jeffrey brown holy consumption affiliation and figured it was about time to read something from him, especially because the drawings were just the right type for me when it came to graphic novels and 3 because i saw it on karen s list of books that made her cry and being the nosy me, i just [...]

    7. Ponekad, kad sam tu an, pomislim da je ivot bio samo reklama za ne to mnogo bolje, i onda kada bismo ga naru ili stigao bi ili polomljen, ili ne bi stigao uop te.Jedan mali a od sedam godina mora da se nosi sa smr u mame i tatom koji tone sve vi e u depresiju posle njene smrti Naoru an je maskom lava i eljom ve om od sebe da spasi tatu.

    8. It has to be a hard decision for an author to begin a book with something that moves in the direction of North by North Impenetrable Especially when the rest of the book is engaging and enjoyable And so when the author hopes to secure readers Those who don t write to be read are than welcome to make not just their introduction but their entire book a roadblock to diligent readers Personally, I m working on a novel and the first chapter is a bit high concept And therefore, a bit obnoxious to the [...]

    9. WARNING DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IN PUBLIC I think the word depressive comes short to describe this comic thingy is there a word that express depression than well, depression Maybe There is a term among my people used to describe depressive songs it translates to something like wrist slitters or something like that but if there is an actual word for it please let me know so I can update this review When I asked a friend to pick a short comic for me the other day I was expecting something fun and q [...]

    10. This book happened to me like a gust of wind sudden, unexpected and startling.It had been a while since I read a graphic novel, so I reached for the shortest one at hand, deciding to give this a second chance I d started it a few months earlier and promptly set it aside because the first few pages are just weird But on this attempt, once I d made it past the oddity that is the introduction, it proved a thoroughly captivating and completely devastating book.This is a tale of death and loss, told [...]

    11. Overall depressing.Too wordy for a graphic novel Even worse, the font chosen is hard to follow.The artwork is also lame If possible, skip this one.

    12. Zo hee, dit was me een partij verdrietig De achterkanttekst zegt al wel dat het over verlies en trauma gaat, maar verwacht absoluut geen happy end Verder doet het heel interessante dingen als graphic novel, met een veranderde tekenstijl die een soort cartoon wordt als copingmechanisme voor het kind.

    13. My Heart is far too clouded Death Loss Agony Existential Dread Sometimes, when I m sad, I think life was a commercial for something so much bigger, but then we ordered it and it was broken or didn t come That s a bit muddled, I think Does that make any sense Probably not, I think up a lot of things when I m sad that I think must be pretty great or profound, but then someone points out that they the ideas are foolish.

    14. WOW I read a lot of comic books as a kid, but have not read many graphic novels as an adult because I generally find them unappealing This book is so different from any book I have ever read The pictures are an integral part of this story and bring meaning to the words.In graphic novel form, this book tells the story of father and 7 year old son who have lost their wife mom, mostly through the eyes of the son Even though the pictures are kind of odd at times The pictures really captured my emoti [...]

    15. Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier s first graphic novel I ve read two of his previous books Let Us and Paradoxes which were interesting and enjoyable with shades of Clowes and Ware It follows the breakdown of the family once the mother dies leaving the father and son shattered The father seems hardest hit he is unable to function properly and the 7 year old boy soon assumes the day to day running of the household and acts as secretary to his father Soon it s found out that the father has h [...]

    16. Maybe because I went into this read thinking, Brace yourself, you re going to cry that I never got to the point where I needed to Yes, it s beautifully written book and a few times I choked up There s the time where there s a shot of everyone sleeping in their separate beds at night Another time when Thomas talks about the feel of his father s cordoroy jacket.The kid was great, walking around in his lion mask It reminded me of the kid in that movieA Perfect World I loved that kid too.

    17. this book is sad and dumb, it probably shouldnt be read by anyone but absentee parents, and only so they can see the bullshit that their selfish behavior puts their children through the final actions of the father in this book are strictly self important and vain it makes me angry even to have read it angry and sick.

    18. I read someone s review that said not to read this book if you ve lost someone or feel culpable in someone s death To which I cry bullshit As far as I m concerned, this book belongs on that hallowed list of comics that are required reading for the entire human race.

    19. Excellent And completely depressing After reading, I sat silently for fifteen minutes contemplating the impossibility of happiness And then promptly watched Animal Crackers, as a rebuttal.

    20. Ha detto che si capiva che stava per piovere perch le foglie erano diventate bianche Ma le foglie non diventano bianche disse dolcemente Quello che vedi il retro delle foglie, a causa del vento che accompagna la tempesta, tutto qua Per spiegare le cose la gente crea dei piccoli sistemi Cose non vere ma pi facili da accettare delle complicazioni della realt Una storia di disperazione, che parla chi rimane, di chi non riesce a sopportare la perdita ed accettarla, di chi preferisce smettere di lott [...]

    21. Melancholic A poignant story of the loss of a family s mother how father son strive to accept the fact through various levels of escapism fantasy Paul s drawings provide a beautiful narrative of this fateful sad tale.

    22. Bella grafica, minimale Bella realizzazione editoriale Bella scansione tra premessa e svolgimento Bei colori Storia dolorosa e infame Psicoanalitica.

    23. Spoiler free reviewMy impressions.Pros Nice linework, textures, colour scheme and panels to suit the mood Easy to read speech and panel transitions Clear focus albeit, not direction Punch in the gut morose imagery Cons Too melodramatic and directionless Plot feels claustrophic and much too abstract cryptic confusing for some readers I m a bit unsettled about this This is an odd disappointment, as I tend to very much enjoy work that plays with this level of severity I feel like I have watched a f [...]

    24. Paul Hornschemeier writes a heart breaking book There s no getting around that Nor, after reading Mother, Come Home is there really any desire to.Death is one of life s inescapable parts, and this books deals with it on many different levels I m pretty sure this is autobiographical, seeing as that Paul s uncle referenced and drawn at several points throughout the book draws the introduction It grants its reader a squirmingly intimate look at grief and loss through the eyes of a small boy Paul s [...]

    25. What a gut punch of a book There are few emotionally manipulative, emotionally draining works by indie white people, in the category of white people hating stuff, that I feel are on the level of actual tragedy As such, I was skeptical of Mother, Come Home, but Paul Hornschemeier deftly transcends this category Technically beautiful, this book is well worth your time if you can stomach depressingly sad works Though the repetitive dream sequence at the beginning is slightly off putting, the rest o [...]

    26. Within a few pages of this book s beginning, that a woman has died, leaving a seven year old son and husband unmoored, emerges as a fact through a swirling and suddenly understandable gloom To engage with Mother, Come Home is to experience a child s grief, for his lost mother and for the lost man his father has become Like Alex Chee see here , who brought this to my attention with his review, I resist saying about the plot and Hornschemeier s revelations Just read this book, and give yourself o [...]

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