Told in nine chapters, Craig Thompson’s beautifully illustrated graphic memoir tells the story of a young man finding love, questioning his faith, losing his love and losing his faith.
Despite the hefty size of the book, a whopping 582 pages, the story is told through black and white illustrations, many of which add so much more to the story than mere words ever could. The story centers around Craig’s two-week visit with his friend, Raina. Craig met Raina at a Christian summer camp, and the two exchanged letters frequently before setting up the visit.
Told through flashbacks of Craig’s life, and through the present state of Raina’s deteriorating family life, Blankets is about Craig’s journey of self-discovery, focusing on his relationship with 3 specific people. First, his younger brother. Second, Raina, and third, his relationship and struggle with his faith. Craig learns the painful lessons of family pains and heartaches, joys and quiet moments of bonding.
Neil Gaiman’s quote on the inside cover perhaps sums it up the best:
moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest…
Book 53 of 2011