Paul Goes Fishing

Paul Goes Fishing

Book - 2008
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" Free of self-loathing . . . [Rabagliati's] black-and-whie panels eschew half-tones for a spirited line." --Voice Literary Supplement

This fourth installment in Michel Rabagliati's semiautobiographical series finds Paul settling comfortably into adult life, occasional twinges of anxiety aside. His graphic design business has taken off, his partner, Lucie, is pregnant, it's mid-July and time to leave behind the city to go fishing. Long lazy days stretch out while Paul's thoughts wander from the colorful characters at the fish-and-game camp to the
lurking depths of childhood, a Holden Caulfield-esque adolescence, and the encounters that have shaped his sense of family thus far. But the golden glow soon lifts off his vacation with the realization that the lake isn't as idyllic as it would seem, and neither is pregnancy.

Elegant composition and spare, condensed drawing crystallize emotion and atmosphere in this wistful and engaging account of
everyday hopes and hardships, told with a keen and playful sense of iconic detail. Even the mundane holds beauty and meaning in this compassionate story of expectation, disappointment, and wonder.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2008.
ISBN: 9781897299289
Branch Call Number: RAB
Characteristics: 185 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm

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indiamay
Nov 13, 2015

One of my favorite graphic novels I have read. While the title suggests a mundane, child-like topic; this book gives the reader a glimpse into the interesting and emotional life of the protagonist Paul. I don't want to give too much away, but I was shocked at how powerful a graphic novel could make me. I checked out this book because I thought it would be a light-hearted read and while in some places it can be, overall it was much more profound. In addition to the highly-developed character arcs, the imagery is beautiful and adds so much more to the character development. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this charmingly surprising book.

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