Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Book Review: The Nobody

The Nobody gets it's inspiration from the H.G. Wells novel The Invisible Man. In this updated tale a mysterious bandaged stranger appears in the sleepy fishing community of Large Mouth. Initially his odd appearance gets the townsfolk in and uproar but eventually he begins to fade into the background of this odd town, metaphorically speaking.

In this tale Canadian writer/artist Jeff Lemire gives us two looks at loneliness. One is the title's protagonist, John Griffin, the scientist who's had a horribly disfiguring accident and is forced to wear bandages all the time. The other is the books narrator, the 16 year old Vickie who feels alienated in this small town. Mr. Lemire sets up an interesting point/counter-point using this two characters that I really enjoyed reading.

Related Links

The Secrets of Wednesday's Haul review of The Nobody

Interview with Jeff Lemire
The Nobody in the National Post
The Nobody at Wired

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