Sabrina

Sabrina

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition
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"When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: United States ; Canada : Drawn & Quarterly, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781770463165
177046316X
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC DRN
Characteristics: 203 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Sep 14, 2019

The story is well-written and the subject is timely, but the artwork is confusing. It's difficult to tell the characters apart, and the minimalist style means you don't see a lot of body language or emotion in faces.

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Elybrarian
Jul 24, 2019

Gives an honest portrayal of depression, paranoia, and loss. I personally loved the artistry, although I can see that it's not for everyone.

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Waluconis
Jun 28, 2019

Nick Drnaso's second graphic novel begins deceptively simple. The plain, minimal style of the art seems pointed and satirical, like this is an expose of the emptiness and sterility of middle class white America, However, as the story unfolds, it becomes something more than that. The life led by people inside their cell phones. email, social media, and some talk radio, becomes is a disturbing sort of trap explored in a way that I have never quite encountered before. It is most convincing and truthful, but it is never preachy, which makes it particularly powerful.

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mikaylatianli
Jun 18, 2019

Absolutely wrecked me.

KHCPL_Doug May 22, 2019

This won the Man Booker Prize, and was on the long list of titles for our Howard County Reads. I loved the story and the pacing and the intensity of the book. The story is a long question about grief and murder in today's conspiracy driven society. The art was lackluster. Too cartoony so I lost a lot with the too basic illustrations and static panels. That said, the layout of the panels, and how the author uses them was absolutely genius. It builds horror and suspense and a deep emotional tie to the story. It really is something just a little different in the graphic novel medium, and well worth reading.

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kwsmith
May 05, 2019

This is the first graphic novel to be long-listed for the Man Booker prize. The simplistic spartan art style is reminiscent of Daniel Clowes. The cold and lonely suburban setting reminds my of Adrian Tomine. The book itself is a poignant study in how individuals respond to personal tragedy. But I think Drnaso was really showing us an ugly reflection of how American society responds to private tragedy.

This is a textbook of paranoia, but the question isn’t whether you’re paranoiac, it’s whether you’re paranoiac enough.

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sheepsheets
Jan 24, 2019

A story relevant to our current time and state. Though the drawing style wasn't entirely to my taste, the use of color is beautiful-- Drnaso is clearly a talented artist and story teller. I love the format of the graphic novel to allow for space/silence/emptiness, and it's used well in this book.

DPLjennyp Jan 06, 2019

Difficult, necessary.

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uncommonreader
Dec 18, 2018

Yet another book about the empty, meaningless and isolated lives of Middle Americans, reflected here in flat, dull graphics. It is hailed for being about the impact of fake news and conspiracy theories on victims' families, but there is no understanding of why there is fake news, conspiracy theories and an alienated population nor what can be done about it. Description without context. As well, the print is ridiculously small and difficult to read. I am sorry I made the effort.

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Nov 28, 2019

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