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Not A Comicbook- A biography.
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Fascinating story, but lacks depth and feels incomplete.
Al Jaffee's life is remarkable. He overcame a lot of crazy stuff in his childhood and was very successful as a wri...
Al Jaffee's life is remarkable. He overcame a lot of crazy stuff in his childhood and was very successful as a writer and cartoonist. The book is enjoyably written, and it has nice illustrations...by...Al Jaffee, of course. However:
The focus of the book is very much on his childhood, with a reasonable amount about his career. We learn very little about what makes him tick ...we know where he lived, how many kids he had, etc, but there is very little that left me feeling that I understood much about him as an adult, or, for that matter a human being. His life had a mix of triumph and tragedy, and a lot of things are just mentioned in passing, then dropped, never to appear again. The book also just sort of stops. I was reading along, turning pages (electronically) and boom! it was done.
It wasn't a bad book, but I had the feeling that I had just read a book that was only two-thirds done. It's also pricey at $13.99 for an e-book. I guess the prices are pegged to the paper copy. I'd be more inclined to forgive the defects if it was $3.99. All said, my synopsis is that this is 2/3 of a New Yorker article, stretched out to book length, and full of holes. I wish I could recommend it more highly.
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