That Salty Air

That Salty Air

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by Tim Sievert
     
 

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  • Hugh is a fisherman with a special relationship to the sea; a relationship

    based on respect and reverence. But when Hugh feels that the sea has betrayed

    him, his whole existence is thrown out of whack. Hell-bent on settling the

    score, Hugh takes his revenge to the extreme, jeopardizing not only himself, but

    his family in the process. Ultimately,

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  • Hugh is a fisherman with a special relationship to the sea; a relationship

    based on respect and reverence. But when Hugh feels that the sea has betrayed

    him, his whole existence is thrown out of whack. Hell-bent on settling the

    score, Hugh takes his revenge to the extreme, jeopardizing not only himself, but

    his family in the process. Ultimately, That Salty Air is story about

    change, and learning the price for trifling with the natural progression of

    things.

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Publishers Weekly

Sievert's first graphic novel is a small, understated fable about Hugh, a fisherman who learns that his mother has drowned. Deciding that the sea has become his enemy, he sets out to teach it a lesson. Of course, the sea is more powerful than Hugh imagined, and his journey involves a torrential storm, a whale, a giant squid and a series of emotional revelations. The story's sentimental twists aren't exactly subtle; its dialogue is mostly undiluted melodrama, and its conclusion is a predictable heartstring-tugger. But the metaphors for grief and depression are given life by Sievert's deliberate, accomplished pacing. Almost every page is partly or entirely wordless, and he lets long, elegantly composed sequences of people and animals quietly interacting with their environments, or images of the land and sea and sky, establish the mood and tone of each scene. The book's also full of subtle formalist tricks, like a house window whose frame cuts off the edges of a speech balloon. There's certainly room for growth in Sievert's cartooning-his facility with light and shade, as well as the deliciously blobby lines he uses for sea creatures in the nature scenes, give way to hurried, Craig Thompson-lite caricature when he draws human characters-but he's a talent to watch. (Apr.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to Adult.

Maryanne and Hugh live in a spare cottage by the sea. To make the money they need to pay their mortgage, Hugh fishes. He loves the sea and that salty air. Two letters arrive one day, one addressed to each of the young couple. Hugh's informs him that his mother has drowned in the sea. Before Maryanne can tell him her letter reveals that she is pregnant, he tears off and rails at the sea. A day or so later, Hugh returns drunk and insists that they move. After Maryanne discloses her news, he goes back out on the sea, but his respect for it is gone. He slaughters sea life wholesale. The spirit of the sea in the form of a giant octopus teaches Hugh that there are consequences to one's actions and that he still has plenty left to live for. Sievert's first graphic novel shows great promise; his cinematic eye is evident in every panel; however, the excellent artwork is hobbled by a story that feels both familiar and contrived. The story verges on the sentimental, and there is little character development. It looks and feels like Norwegian cartoonist Jason without the edginess or the animal heads. Despite comprising the intended market for this title, most young adults will not have much interest unless they are in it for the art. Reviewer: Timothy Capehart
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603090056
Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,175,747
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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