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My Friend Dahmer de Derf Backderf
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My Friend Dahmer (original: 2012; edição: 2012)

de Derf Backderf (Autor)

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"You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, 'Jeff' was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In [this story], a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche-- a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget."--Amazon.com.… (mais)
Membro:CircleMan
Título:My Friend Dahmer
Autores:Derf Backderf (Autor)
Informação:Harry N. Abrams (2012), Edition: 59478th, 240 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca, Recovered books
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Etiquetas:Comics, Olivia

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My Friend Dahmer de Derf Backderf (2012)

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You must read this. Especially if you don't care for or are unexperienced with graphic novels. It's as good as they get. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I got from the library.

Story (4/5): This was a weird one. It’s basically written by a guy who went to school with Dahmer and talks about Dahmer’s interactions with his classmates and his home life. This is a graphic novel I always thought looked interesting but kept passing up. I was trying to get caught up on my graphic novel reading challenge so I reserved it at my library.

This provides interesting insight into Dahmer and how he grew up. It isn’t really a sympathetic look into Dahmer but does highlight the fact that Dahmer knew he had a problem early on but couldn’t get help from the adults around him. The irresponsibility of the adults in Dahmer’s life is a heavy theme throughout.

Characters (4/5): The main people discussed here are, of course, Dahmer, as well as the small group of friends he hangs around with. It was intriguing to see how Dahmer started off and how he actually knew he had issues and tried to dull those feelings with alcohol for a number of years. What amazed me was how self-absorbed a lot of adults were and how even the teachers didn’t seem to care that Dahmer was perpetually drunk in school as long as he didn’t cause issues. Dahmer was also gay in a time when that was really not accepted which led to his isolation.

Setting (4/5): This is set in the 70’s (the decade I was born in) and it was intriguing to see how things have changed since then. The setting in school has changed quite a bit since then, as well as how kids interact with each other. In a way Dahmer being in high school during this era was the perfect storm to make him the monster he became.

Writing/Drawing Style (4/5): No complaints about the drawing or writing here, both are well done, engaging, and easy to follow. I think Backderf does a good job of explaining the atmosphere and people Dahmer grow up with without spending too much speculating on the causes for Dahmer’s behaviors. I also think he did a good job portraying the grief he has for the path his old friend ended up on without seeming overly sympathetic.

My Summary (4/5): Overall this was well done and interesting, if not a completely comfortable, read. While it’s not something I would read twice, I am glad I read it. It provides some interesting background on Dahmer and gives a glimpse back into a different era. ( )
  krau0098 | Dec 9, 2020 |
I bought this because of the reviews, but thought I'd better read it before I put it out. Just 90 minutes later-Wow. The reviews were right. I'm glad I bought it. I was a bit worried that it would be a glorification of Dahmer; it's not, but a recollection of a classmate and criticism of 1970's education. Dahmer's daily alcohol use would not be tolerated in today's zero tolerance climate. A compelling read from someone who was horrified to realize they'd been friends with a boy who became a monster. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
Incredibly readable, although limited in scope by necessity as the author is a high school friend/acquaintance of Jeffrey Dahmer telling the serial killer's early life story from his limited perspective. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 8, 2020 |
This is an excellent work. The author brings to life his high school friendship with a young man who would go on to become one of the most notorious serial killers of our time. Anyone who remembers the Dahmer case will likely appreciate reading this. The author knew Dahmer in high school, and to an extent, was his friend as well. Bringing together memoirs, recollections, material from interviews as well as material from the FBI and other documents, the author brings a young Jeff Dahmer to life. He also brings to life the 1970s high school environment, a time that was much more permissive and innocent than now, a time when schools really did not have things like "zero tolerance" and lockdowns. And through it all, the author also asks, "where were the adults? Were they really that clueless, or did they just not want to be bothered?" The answer to that question may well be more disturbing than any crime Dahmer did.

In addition to the story, the volume includes good endnotes that explain where various scenes in the story came from. Everything overall is pretty well documented. This comic was nominated for various awards, and it is definitely a worthy one. For me, one of the best and chilling reads of the year. It is also a fairly quick read. Once you start, you will keep going to the end. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
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"You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, 'Jeff' was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In [this story], a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche-- a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget."--Amazon.com.

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