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Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon Graphic Novels) (original: 2017; edição: 2017)

de Kristen Radtke (Autor)

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"A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief. When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and, not long after his funeral, the sight of an abandoned mining town marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. At once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: why are we here, and what will we leave behind?"--… (mais)
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Título:Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon Graphic Novels)
Autores:Kristen Radtke (Autor)
Informação:Pantheon (2017), 288 pages
Coleções:graphic novels
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Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon Graphic Novels) de Kristen Radtke (2017)

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There are books - we've all known one or two - about which no one else's opinion matters. This book was stunning. ( )
  Lemeritus | Apr 17, 2021 |
Beautiful graphic memoir about confronting loss and unknowns in life and feeling that there must be more....but ultimately accepting that there might not be. Yearning -- for understanding, for meaning, for beauty, for redemption -- is almost palpable throughout. There is one great image of Kristen wide-eyed, but exhausted, completely surrounded on the page by the kinds of questions that keep a person up all night. Kristen faces the unexpected death of a beloved uncle, (Dan) due to a hereditary heart disease -- does she have it too? How do you live with a shadow over your life? What is the counterbalance to loss? "A book of sorrow filtered through intellect" is one cover blurb, which captures Radtke's skill at conveying abstract concepts through her drawings. There are themes here too of ruin -- both finding it and causing it -- and ultimately transforming it into art. Not a happy read, but a worthwhile one. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
This was ok. There were several narrative threads that never really came together, or went into much depth. It also wanders a lot. So you can see things happening in the author's life and internal monologue, yet none of it feels very connected or transformative. The drawings are capable, but a little sterile sometimes. There is some potential here, but it feels more like a personal journal that hasn't been edited for readability or narrative. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 8, 2020 |
Every city we visited afterward began to feel like the stock backdrop for some stagnant future, our imaginary kids stomping up the stairs next to photos of us twenty years younger, holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

I don’t relate to the melancholy dissatisfaction that seems to pervade this memoir, but it’s enjoyable to read and well-illustrated. ( )
  brokensandals | Feb 7, 2019 |
I read this last night all in one sitting. The art was OK, but the story didn’t seem to fit together very well. Was it about her uncle or the man whose memorial they found? Was it about the decay of middle America or mining towns out West? The family history about the woman who saved people from the Peshtigo Fire? All of these are interesting on their own, but she didn’t get them to fit together into a cohesive narrative. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
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Radtke makes you feel that there is no grounding, that everything can go flying off at any moment. It is powerful and bleak, but strangely thrilling.
 
The title of Kristen Radtke’s remarkable graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This almost reads as a riddle. On one hand, it seems to ask a somewhat disgruntled question: “Could you imagine wanting just this, and nothing more?” On the other, the phrasing suggests, temptingly: “What if this is all you needed?” What if life, ephemeral and fleeting, could be devoid of ambition, of any desire for more? Either reading offers both gratification and emptiness, beauty as well as boredom. It’s a paradox rooted in the simple yet unanswerable question of what it means to live a meaningful life, and it’s the question at the heart of Radtke’s exploration, one that she tackles with a breathtaking mix of prose and illustration.... There are few definitive discoveries in Imagine Wanting Only This, which is frustrating at times, and by its end, it’s unclear whether Radtke has found a solution to the riddle of the book’s title (although the stunning sequence of final frames, which I won’t spoil by trying to describe, does offer a dramatic form of resolution). Her story doesn’t feel resigned to a hard fatalism though, and joy comes in some of its smallest moments, suggesting that the brevity of human time on earth may almost be a liberating thing.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe Atlantic, Arnav Adhikari (Apr 18, 2017)
 
The most beautiful graphic novel you'll read all year, Kristen Radtke's memoir is an absolutely stunning look at what it is to recover from grief, and is so haunting you'll be thinking about it for days after reading it.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarNewsweek, Chelsea Hassler (Apr 17, 2017)
 
...one of the most haunting graphic memoirs I've ever read ... [Radtke] has forsaken and been forsaken, she is audacious and vulnerable, she takes risks and she is wounded by what the world is and how it bends back upon itself. As we turn the pages on her journey, we are ravaged and ravished ... With time and its doings as her subject, rot and decay, she does not adhere to strict chronology. She renders mold and splotch and broken things as both terrifying and lovely ... her work is as wonderful and heartbreaking the second time through. I'm still scooped out, but I'm still deeply grateful for the towering power of Radtke's vision.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe Chicago Tribune, Beth Kephart (Apr 12, 2017)
 
Insights and images combine in a meditation on loss, grief, and the illusions of permanence.... Radtke isn’t an artist who also writes a little or a writer who scrawls but a master of both prose narrative and visual art. Like memory, the narrative loosens the binds of chronology, playing hopscotch through the author’s girlhood, college, formative years as an artist, and apocalyptic fantasy of her current home in New York.... Powerfully illustrated and incisively written—a subtle dazzler of a debut.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Jan 10, 2017)
 
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The future felt like an infinite and hazy concept, a space we’d undoubtedly occupy and conquer together.
Every city we visited afterward began to feel like the stock backdrop for some stagnant future, our imaginary kids stomping up the stairs next to photos of us twenty years younger, holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
I loved the cobblestones leading up to my apartment’s front porch, I loved that on any given night I could look through a bar’s window and know who’d be sitting at the counter inside. I loved that on any given street I knew at least one person who lived in a hardwood-floored house there. It was an easy place to feel you’d conquered. It was a whole new kind of ownership.
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"A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief. When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and, not long after his funeral, the sight of an abandoned mining town marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. At once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: why are we here, and what will we leave behind?"--

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