Imagine Wanting Only This

Imagine Wanting Only This

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"A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief. When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and, not long after his funeral, the sight of an abandoned mining town marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. At once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: why are we here, and what will we leave behind?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101870839
1101870834
Characteristics: 277 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: AGN RADTKE, K

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KHCPL_Doug Apr 30, 2018

I thought this would be an interesting look into the idea of ruins and human relationships. Instead, it seemed to be a self-indulgent pity party for the author. There are few ruins represented here. Instead, we get a lot of Radtke using travel as an excuse to escape, or at least put off, real life. Some of the art is beautiful. Her depictions of actual places is mesmerizing in detail. But her people, even herself, all look bored and disinterested. I was happy to finish this book and move on to something else.

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ayeshanasir
Feb 01, 2018

A tender, loving book. I am so grateful that I found this at the library.

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mclarjh
Jun 08, 2017

Narcissistic, self referential, more of a diary than novel.

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