Title: The Sculptor
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: Four Stars
Summary: David Smith is giving
his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young
sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with
his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier!
is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the
frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level
portrait of the world's greatest city. It's about the small, warm, human
moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just
under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now
he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and
unforgettable new work.
This book just so happens
to be the first graphic novel I have ever read, and I must say that it
was the perfect place to start :)
Let's get into it, shall we?
loved this book, honestly. First of all, I love the artwork. The shades
of blue, the facial expressions, the artistry... It's fantastic and
really worked for me. Maybe that's something that's just taken for
granted in the graphic novel world, I really don't know - like I said,
first one! But the style here just really worked for me, all in
blue-black tones that convey so much - the surreal qualities of the
world we're reading about, the depths of David's emotions.
I've included a picture of the front and back covers, here, just to give you an idea... The cover really doesn't do it justice, imo. I know some people don't like the monotone artwork but I loved it.
very good criticisms have been leveled at this book, and many of them
are accurate. Is this book a bit predictable in ways? Yup. Does it fall
prey to the usual tropes of the tortured artist and the manic pixie
Here's the thing, though - a very important
thing that I think some people forget - acknowledging the flaws in a
work of art doesn't necessarily mean that it's unlikeable. Now, do
tropes and flaws ever mean that we find it impossible to read a book or
enjoy the story? Of course. That happens all the time. However, that's
not always the case, and that was the situation with me, here.
is absolutely the epitome of the tortured artist. He gives up what
remains of his life to have a chance at attaining the level of artistry
he's always dreamed of, only to struggle when he doesn't find instant
satisfaction and completion the way that he expects to. He's had a rough
childhood and a rougher adulthood, and on top of that, the course of
love never did run smooth...
Then we have Meg. Meg is another
artist, she sleeps through her friends like that's totally normal (hey,
in some circles it is), she pushes people away but doesn't want them to
~leave her~, she's got mental health issues and in spite of all of this
everyone loves her.
In spite of it all, though, I loved this
book. It moved me. I rooted for David, I cared about his friendships, I
wanted things to go right for him, both in art and elsewhere. I knew
what was coming but held my breath against the inevitability of it all,
because it didn't seem fair. The book touches on family and life and
love and art and what it means to be alive, the decisions and the
choices we make and how they shape us as people. It's a journey of
growth and birth and death.
And when I closed the last page the first thing I thought was that I wanted to read it again.
book definitely has its flaws, and some people may rightfully find it
difficult to get past them and enjoy the story. For me it worked,
though, and for some other people out there it may work as well. I'd
recommend giving it a chance, at least!