Swallow Me Whole

Swallow Me Whole

by Nate Powell

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ISBN-13: 9781603091275
Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 75 MB
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Swallow Me Whole 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is deep and difficult for me to write about as I'm not sure I "got" the whole thing. I'll make an attempt at my impressions. Two siblings both have psychological problems. The girl, Ruth, is the main character and suffers from delusions, paranoia, schizophrenia and OCD while her brother seems to suffer on a lesser degree from delusions. They also have their grandmother living at home with them as she is dying and also delusional. The book follows the girl's descent into madness while those around her stand by and do nothing. She recognizes her mind is different and so does her brother, together they can talk to each other about it. We watch as Ruth starts out trying to make her way through each day until in the end her illnesses smother and bury who she once was.The book is done is black and white, with a lot of the pages having a black background. Many scenes have word bubbles with writing so tiny or scribbled it is unreadable, these are the background voices that Ruth doesn't hear in her world. The story is intense and yet, there is no real plot. The book tries to capture a feeling in words and pictures. I sort of enjoyed the book. Probably up to the mid-point I was enjoying it but honestly, I didn't see the point of the story. I have mental health issues myself (some of which were mirrored in the book) and the book seemed to just be saying to me, "Look, this is what it feels like to go crazy". Perhaps others will get more out of it. I recommend the book for higher aged teens because of the swearing (which includes the f-word) and a small amount of teenage sex.
MariaKhristina on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is such a great book. The illustrations are beautiful and I think the author portrays an interesting take on mental illness. He shows how something like schizophrenia can be integrated into someone's life without them even questioning it.
kivarson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A blended family copes with the dementia of an aging parent and the emerging mental illness of each parent's teens. Merits multiple readings.
flourishing on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I found this book to be a very compelling graphic novel, perhaps because of my brushes with schizophrenia (in my friends, not in myself) and hallucination. Ruthy and Perry's world is a world that cannot admit other people; eventually Ruthy cannot even allow Perry in, too.I was deeply pleased by the way that it presented various hallucinations as not horrific but rather interesting. I don't believe that hallucination is an unmixed blessing, perhaps due to reading too much William James, and yet it's also true that they lead away from other people, that they lead to ever-increasing aloneness and, yes, misery in the long term. Misery physically, if not misery mentally. But that doesn't mean that in the logic of hallucination frogs and locusts are evil; they're merely what they are...In any case, the alienation that Ruthy and Perry both experience - Ruthy in particular - is very familiar to me, with or without the mental illnesses thrown in. This book does an excellent job of bringing the simple strangeness of high school to life. Who really knows anybody else, then? Certainly I didn't. For all I know, everyone's internal life was as varied as Ruthy's, but they were better at hiding it. I never thought to ask.
59Square on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Merideth says: I honestly don't fully know what I think about this book. I respect the craft that went into it. Powell has a sweeping art style, with few greytones, that flows across the page. However, his experimentation with panel order and text placement make this book more difficult than it should be. It's a hard book to read, meaning that it is technically hard to decipher what is happening on the page. Powell does do a good job of illustrating schizophrenia, the voices and loss of time that are hallmarks of the illness. However, I wish that he had spent more time developing his characters, and had chosen the moments he shows the reader more carefully.
danahlongley on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dark and disturbing and brilliant and sad and wholly engrossing back and white graphic novel.