Graphic Novel Review 137/365: The Sound Of The World By Heart

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This week I am pleased to bring you a collection of reviews of books from the Lion Forge family. I was luck enough to spend a bit of time with the great people at Lion Forge the weekend before last at NCTE, and their discount at the show was too good for me to pass up! Luckily for me, the books I’ve read so far have been super cool, and I look forward to sharing them with you throughout the week…

Title: The Sound Of The World By Heart  

Author(s): Giacomo Bevilacqua

Publisher: Lion Forge Comics (2017)

Age Rating: 17+

The Sound Of The World By Heart has found a spot on NPR’s fan voted Top 100 graphic novels of all time!  Pretty cool…

And it’s no wonder.  Within the first twenty pages, this book started climbing the list of my favorite reviewed favorites.

This unique tale quickly tosses us into Sam’s NYC adventure.  A writer and photographer, Sam has decided to embark on his next editorial challenge: go two months while living and breathing in NYC having no communication with another human…except small email/text conversation with business partner/editor Jorge.

While taking pictures all over NYC during the first half of his challenge, Sam discovers that a mystery girl shows up in many of his photographs although he has no recollection of her.  Sticking to his vow of human interaction silence, Sam must, for his own sanity, discover who this mysterious woman is, why she’s in his photos, and…has she been following him around since he’s discovered her?

The book is part mystery, but more than that, it’s about the human condition and finding yourself in the wake of pain and uncertainty.  And while the book does unfold into a conclusion of sorts, there are questions left unanswered.  If I can make a quick comparison…this book reminds me a bit of Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, a beautiful, moving tale with an ending that could divide readers – but not in a bad way.  I think there is plenty of room for discussion at the end of this tale, much like The Sculptor and the book from yesterday, The Little Red Wolf.  What I’m saying is…these books are not beach reads.  These are thinkers for thinkers.

Wait, I haven’t even mentioned the art yet!  Dude, the art in this book is sick, AND we get over 175 pages of it!

Huge city-scapes filled with well-placed shadows and reflection.  The attention to detail is close to perfection.  Next to Pride of Baghdad, I can’t think, off the top of my head, of a better looking book than this one.

I love the city, and I appreciate the detail more than you can know.  I took this book around school today to show people reflections on coffee tables and shadows creeping over counter-tops.

This one is the real deal, people.  But, be warned, like most amazingly beautiful books, there is nudity.  I know, right?  It might not find itself on high school desks but college for sure!  Read it before you give this recommendation to students.  It’s great, but cover your butt (pun sort of intended).

Happy reading!

Eric

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