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The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue (A Contract With… (original: 2006; edição: 2005)

de Will Eisner

Séries: Will Eisner Library (Omnibus), The Contract with God Trilogy (Omnibus 1-3)

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The legendary graphic novel and the sequels that launched an art form. With graphic narrative that "was closer to the writing of Bernard Malamud or Isaac Bashevis Singer than any comic art which had preceded it" (The Economist), A Contract with God, originally published in 1978, was the first graphic novel: the prototype-along with A Life Force and Dropsie Avenue-for such seminal works as Maus and Persepolis. Set during the Great Depression, this literary trilogy, assembled in one volume for the first time, presents a treasure house of now near-mythic stories that fictionally illustrate the bittersweet tenement life of Eisner's youth. With nearly one dozen new illustrations and a revealing brand-new foreword, this book ultimately tells the epic story of life, death, and resurrection while exploring man's fractious relationship with an all-too-vengeful God. This mesmerizing, fictional chronicle of the universal American immigrant experience is Eisner's most poignant and enduring legacy.… (mais)
Membro:pkstrand
Título:The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue (A Contract With God, A Life Force, Dropsie Avenue)
Autores:Will Eisner
Informação:W. W. Norton (2005), Hardcover, 544 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Graphic

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I wanted to read a graphic novel, and so I read one of the first. It gave me pause. I liked it...perhaps even "really liked it" (4 stars) but for the moment, I'm thinking about it. Which probably makes it a 4 star all by itself. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
[b: The Contract With God|861023|A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories|Will Eisner|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328363057s/861023.jpg|250281] is arguably the first example of a true 'graphic novel' as it was [a: Will Eisner|1642|Will Eisner|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1202618782p2/1642.jpg] who first coined the phrase. He sought to tell stories through the mixture of text and visuals, but rather than the superhero or adventure stories popular at the time, he wished to delve into deeper questions. Questions of meaning, of dealing with grief and life itself. What he did with the medium was absolutely astonishing for its time, and holds up well now. He touched upon universal truths, and didn't shy away from topics that are shocking to this day. It's a beautiful piece of art, and a worthy classic. Like [b: Watchmen|472331|Watchmen|Alan Moore|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1442239711s/472331.jpg|4358649], [b: The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue|33472|The Contract With God Trilogy Life on Dropsie Avenue (The Contract With God Trilogy, #1-3)|Will Eisner|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1324242014s/33472.jpg|48199417] could be called a graphic novel for people who generally don't like the medium. By defining the medium, it truly transcended it.

[b: The Contract With God|861023|A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories|Will Eisner|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328363057s/861023.jpg|250281] is a series of stories about tenement living in the 30s. The titular story is about a Jewish man who is believed to be so good as to be favored by God. When he escapes his small town of Germany to go to America, he writes himself a contract with God... only years later, God breaks the contract. How do you live with that? What do you do? Next is a story of a street singer who nearly makes it big, only to squander the chance. Then the super of 55 Dropsie Avenue is looked at, and used by the schemings of the person you'd least suspect...

The next volume in the trilogy is [b: A Life Force|60241|A Life Force|Will Eisner|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327877159s/60241.jpg|1528062]. These stories follow the development of the Depression and its effect upon 55 Dropsie Avenue. The main thread that these stories follow is that of "Izzy the Cockroach and the Meaning of Life". Jacob, recently laid off after having helped build a shul, wonders what it is that separates man from the cockroach. We both feel the deep life force, the need for living. Are we better than the cockroach, or are we just living without purpose? Did Man create God or did God create Man? These threads are followed through the Depression as people's position rise and fall...

Finally, [b: Dropsie Avenue|123911|Dropsie Avenue The Neighborhood|Will Eisner|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348793059s/123911.jpg|3158742] is the beautiful biography of that block itself from inception to modern day. The neighborhood rises and falls, but it's the people who make it up and their connections are surprisingly beautiful. This story deals with the goodness in people, in spite of the troubles and ills that befall them.

It's a gorgeous trilogy, beautifully illustrated and lovingly written. A deserved classic strong as it was when first published even now. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
three graphic novels about a neighbourhood in the Bronx, over time. ( )
  macha | Feb 17, 2017 |
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Will Eisner’s “The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue” is a collection of three stand-alone graphic novels set on Dropsie Avenue, a fictional street in the Depression-era Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City. The first book in this trilogy, “A Contract With God,” consists of four audacious and cynical stories of Dropsie Avenue’s residents. In addition to being extremely entertaining, these stories probe such timeless issues as injustice and morality. In the second book, “A Life Force,” numerous stories of Dropsie Avenue’s residents intertwine with each other, drawing a vibrant and realistic picture of an urban life in America during the Great Depression as well as attempting to shine the light on the meaning of life. “Dropsie Avenue,” the final book in the trilogy, is a century-long biography of Dropsie Avenue itself, in which the birth, growth, decay and resurrection of the street is told through everyday lives of its inhabitants as well as the ethnic and social changes of the community throughout the decades.

THUMBS UP:

1) Timeless specimen.
Written in 1978, the first book in the trilogy, “A Contract with God,” marks the birth of a modern graphic novel, and the whole trilogy sets high standards for the genre. In addition to being so historically important and well-crafted, Eisner’s book is also timeless as it deals with eternal issues and truly seems like it could have been published yesterday.

2) Realistic.
Although the stories and characters in “The Contact With God Trilogy” are fictional, the book is extremely realistic. On Dropsie Avenue, bad things happen to good people for no reason, bad guys prevail, and the boundaries between right and wrong are blurred. Yes, it might seem bleak, hopeless and unnecessarily violent at times, but so is life, especially during the Great Depression. What is more, the life cycle of the street in “Dropsie Avenue” is so well-thought-out and masterfully written that it seems more of a first-hand experience than a made-up story.

3) Thought-provoking.
Even though most of the time Eisner’s tone is humorous and seemingly lighthearted, most of the stories carry a deeper message. Both directly and indirectly, the author often makes the reader pause and ponder upon the meaning of existence, reexamine shared values or reevaluate social norms.

4) Gorgeous artwork.
I simply adored the illustrations. They are not terrible detailed, especially when it comes to faces, as many of the characters look alike, while the same person often looks quite different in different panels, but I just love Eisner’s style: so lively, so expressive and so… stylish! I wish I could draw like that. By the way, the illustrations are colorless, just pencil and ink, but I think such artwork fits the gloomy mood of the Depression-era perfectly.

COULD BE BETTER:

1) Wordy.
At times, especially in “A Life Force,” there is a little bit too much text for a graphic novel. On the other hand, the background stories or the newspaper clips really help to set the mood and understand the events better.

2) Long and effortful.
I loved the first book, but later my enthusiasm dwindled. However, it might be due to the fact that I read the book in a relatively short time. Although it is a graphic novel, I wouldn’t call it a light read as it makes you think A LOT, and it seems that the more I think about the stories and revisit certain pages, the more I understand and appreciate the gravity of this book.

VERDICT: 4 out of 5

If you are a fan of graphic novels, Will Eisner’s “The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue” is a must-read as it has a historical importance in the world of graphic storytelling and is a fine example of what the genre has to offer. If possible though, don’t rush reading this trilogy and take time to think about what you’ve read as this might help to understand and appreciate the book more. ( )
1 vote AgneJakubauskaite | Mar 3, 2015 |
Although I like this collection better then the other work by him that I've read, something always seems to inherently rub me the wrong way about Eisner.
I do like his aesthetic style though, and appreciate how the piece was a breath of fresh air when it comes to the narcissistic nature of semi-autobiographical graphic novels - this collection had a slightly more mature edge to it over all. ( )
  swampygirl | Dec 9, 2013 |
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The legendary graphic novel and the sequels that launched an art form. With graphic narrative that "was closer to the writing of Bernard Malamud or Isaac Bashevis Singer than any comic art which had preceded it" (The Economist), A Contract with God, originally published in 1978, was the first graphic novel: the prototype-along with A Life Force and Dropsie Avenue-for such seminal works as Maus and Persepolis. Set during the Great Depression, this literary trilogy, assembled in one volume for the first time, presents a treasure house of now near-mythic stories that fictionally illustrate the bittersweet tenement life of Eisner's youth. With nearly one dozen new illustrations and a revealing brand-new foreword, this book ultimately tells the epic story of life, death, and resurrection while exploring man's fractious relationship with an all-too-vengeful God. This mesmerizing, fictional chronicle of the universal American immigrant experience is Eisner's most poignant and enduring legacy.

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