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  1. says:

    Revision of review 4917Powell worked for several years with young people with developmental disabilities something I also did for a shorter time He also ran a punk record label and performed in several bands and oh

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    It's almost cliche at this point to praise Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole but it's not like there's any honest alternative The book is just too good for anything else Talented illustrator? Check Talented storyteller? Check Imaginative? Funny?

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    I stumbled across this my first graphic novel the other night This book is about two siblings both suffering from mental illness hallucinations obsessive behaviour schizophrenia perhaps There is a touch of young love thrown in and a family struggling with these health issues and the normal pressures of family life not least of which involves a grandmother with a terminal illnessThe drawings were powerfully gr

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    Damnit I just wrote a long ass review and the goddamn internet ate it up and shit it out in some unknowable aether FuckersWhateverThe review was good but now you're just going to have to trust me on that because there's no way in fucking hell I'm re typing itAnyway I've been following Nate Powell since I found his punk inspired minis and he

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    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 suff

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    There seemed to be way too much happening in this graphic narrative So many threads knotted up in a tangled mess Some speech balloons were in the tiniest script— once I started skipping them I should have just packed it in This book is probably well done but was just not for me and my struggling eyesight

  7. says:

    I expected Swallow Me Whole to be a sweet melancholy story of adolescence I was unprepared for how disturbing and sad it is I was also disturbed to get partway into the book and realize that the awesomely cute character Powe

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    I didn't like this book It was really confusing and hard to follow partially because the characters were not introduced in a clear way in the beginning and partially because the drawings were so muddled it was often hard to tell what you were looking at Some of that was stylistic choices I guess this is what it feels to be schizophrenic? but really it just made the book confusing to the point where it was hard

  9. says:

    I had such high hopes for a longer comic by Nate Powell but this book really fell short of my expectations A lot of the story was hard to follow which may have been somewhat intentional since the story deals with schizophrenia but unfortunately that doesn't make it any less difficult to understand If he had done a better job moving between external narrator and character experience I would have had tolerance for some

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    This is another work of Powell's I've had for awhile but I've just been lax in getting to it And shame on me fo

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Gether amidst schizophrenia obsessive compulsive disorder family breakdown animal telepathy misguided love and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make senseDeliberately paced delicately drawn and drenched in shadows Swallow Me Whole is a landmark achievement for Nate Powell and a suburban ghost story that will haunt readers long after its final pages.. I expected Swallow Me Whole to be a sweet melancholy story of adolescence I was unprepared for how disturbing and sad it is I was also disturbed to get partway into the book and realize that the awesomely cute character Powell had drawn in my signed copy was actually an anthropomorphic pillThere are a lot of pills in Swallow Me Whole The story centers around siblings Ruth and Perry who each have their hidden adolescent demons which manifest in different ways Perry draws and Ruth obsesses over insects They live with their parents and fading grandmother Powell draws an incredibly sympathetic portrait of the grandmother switching between the elderly woman others perceive and the young woman she sees herself as I don t know that I have ever seen a kinder treatment of the elderly in fiction despite her physical and mental infirmities Powell should be commended for how artfully he handles such difficult topics This is a heavy book and while I expected the graphical nature to lessen the impact it does not I think this could easily be a great short story but as a graphic novel it is immensely powerful It is amazing how much loneliness fright and sadness Powell is able to capture with just ink and paper

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In his Eisner Award winning breakthrough Nate Powell uietly explores the dark corners of adolescence the countless tiny moments of madness the vague relief Swallow Me Epubof medication and mixed blessing of family ties Swallow Me Whole is a love story carried by rolling fog terminal illness hallucination apophenia insect armies secrets held unshakeable faith and. Revision of review 4917Powell worked for several years with young people with developmental disabilities something I also did for a shorter time He also ran a punk record label and performed in several bands and oh yeah does these amazing detailed graphic novels and stories including the series that took him and his co authors to The National Book Award in 2016 March the graphic memoir from Sen John Lewis of the Civil Rights movement in the US which Powell illustrated But Swallow was my very first encounter with him a story about a family dealing with a dying grandmother who is losing it and a brother and sister dealing with early onset schizophrenia something that statistics tell me is something much common than I had imagined The focus in Whole is on the two kids with primary focus on the girl s serious less able to hide experiences her visual hallucinations and obsessions I read this initially and again as a parent whose son has been hospitalized for related issues so it was scary for me in the sense that it felt a little real to me than just any graphic story of course In my late teens and twenties too I worked in a psych ward with teens who were among other things schizophrenic hallucinating paranoid what they then called manic depressive so I have had some powerful experiences with this stuff Powell wants us to experience what it may feel like to live in two worlds the real world and this hallucinatory one that is unfortunately just as real and with some folks this secondary world takes over your other life Sad and frightening though Powell also captures the anguish and some attractionsfascinations associated with it beautifully I think Reminds me a bit of David B s attempt to depict what he imagines his brother s epilepsy to be which is of course another sad and anguished story and also Craig Thompson s Blankets where he tries to mostly visually capture the swirling romantic falling of first love What I m pointing to here is the way comics can attempt to capture the emotional aspects of experience through metaphorI ve now taughtread this book several times I had the occasion to meet Powell who said it this was his favorite his most personal book Some students don t like it for the very reason I do like it his almost indecipherable hand lettering which I think helps you understand auditory hallucinations in a way as happening sometimes just on the edge of normal hearing and also helps you recall the mumbling of uiet alienated young people their sometimes disjointed fanatical and unexplained experiences which are told here to help us understand the experience of hallucinations Some of the images are very scary the stuff of horror which is what schizophrenics must regularly wrestle with It s not fun to read but there s a kind tenderness to the relationship between the brother and sister who both suffer from the disorder in different ways The fear and the coming to terms in part with themselves as humans possessing these unwanted perceptions that s heart wrenching Powerful I thought Not for everyone maybe But as I said I connect with it in part for family and work reasons As a teacher you know you have kids in your classrooms that hear voices and have hallucinations and are medicated but you don t always know this Oliver Sacks in Hallucinations makes it clear that what we think of as misperception think mirages and so on is much common than most people think This last reading completed April 9 2017 feels like the grimmest time I have read this book because in part the future seems scary for my now 17 year old son It s like looking deeply into the heart of darkness into madness itself It s terrifying really though I m also reading Ron Powers s book No One Cares About Crazy People and sometimes ride the trains to work here in Chicago with plenty of homeless people some of whom I see are having psychotic episodes who used to be better protected in and by institutions The world seems like a meaner less supportive place to me for people that Powell writes about for people like my son than when I worked in the psych hospital in the seventies

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The search for a master pattern to make sense of one's unravelingIn his most ambitious book to date Nate Powell uietly explores the dark corners of adolescence not the clichd melodramatic outbursts of rebellion but the countless tiny moments of madness the vague relief of medication and mixed blessing of family ties As the story unfolds two stepsiblings hold to. There seemed to be way too much happening in this graphic narrative So many threads knotted up in a tangled mess Some speech balloons were in the tiniest script once I started skipping them I should have just packed it in This book is probably well done but was just not for me and my struggling eyesight