Où le regard ne porte pas…, vol. 1

Où le regard ne porte pas…, vol. 1, by Georges Abolin and Olivier Pont 8.5

I was left completely disarmed by this book. It’s an engaging, realistic, emotional coming-of-age story somewhere along the lines of ‘Stand By Me’ meets ‘Jean de Florette’. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

The art is gorgeous and brilliantly detailed (even if the rendering looks a tad incomplete, it is astonishingly accurate) and the panelling is extremely well-designed, making for a fluid and eye-catching read. happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy

However, I didn’t understand the small vignettes that are interspersed here and there, almost as interludes. They’re about male-female relationships through various eras and in different cultural contexts. But what do they mean in the big picture? indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

And there’s a nod to blooming teenage sexuality, as well as a few references to under-age drug use, which may be troubling to North American audiences (it certainly took me aback!). indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

I have no idea how the second volume will be able to hold up next to this excellent book. love0010 Free Emoticons   Love I have to expect disappointment, quite honestly, because experience has proven to me that it’s hard for almost anyone to follow-up a great work with equal mastery.

We’ll soon see… winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking

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