Friday, April 24, 2015

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

Review by Lauren

Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official 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!

Review: When I was in undergrad, I took a course on Graphic Novels and our textbook of sorts was a book all about comics by Scott McCloud, so I was really excited to finally read a graphic novel by him. In this book, David Smith is desperate to create an extraordinary sculpture. Therefore, he makes a deal with Death (who looks like David's late Uncle Harry) to give up his life in 200 days if he is given the power to sculpt anything he likes with his hands. This means he can take concrete and easily shape it into whatever shape he wishes.

Despite having this gift, it is still difficult for David to truly create an amazing piece. He's not sure what to do and Ollie, his best friend who works in the art world, is hoping that David can find a focus for his gift. Ollie knows David is talented, but he never learns about David's gift and therefore cannot understand the desperate nature of David's work. After all, he will die in 200 days.


As the summary states, David's new life is shaken when he meets and falls in love with a girl named Meg. He wants to spend his entire life with her, but he's not sure how to do that when he knows he will die so soon. He doesn't want to hurt her, so he tries to push her away, but he can't. Meg was very much her own character in this book, and I loved that. She's different from David, but it's obvious that they both need each other.

The Sculptor is a fairly long book for a graphic novel, but at the same time, it goes by fast. The artwork is great, done in shades of black, white, and blue. This is a book that really makes you think about life, love, and art. It's something that should be discussed and thought on during and after one's reading. Highly recommended!


Kindlemom said...

I really do want to read one of these some day soon simply because of the graphics! Wonderful review!

Melliane said...

I liked this one even if I confess that I didn't understand the end at first.

cleemckenzie said...

I come up short on experience with graphic novels. It's a form I haven't explored. I do love the cover on this one. It's a tad eerie and sweet at the same time.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I just love the art - the lack of color and the mood it creates, and your recommendation is good enough for me.

Heidi Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I like the artwork as well. I still havent' invested in reading a graphic novel, I really need to try one.

Claudia Arroyo said...

I admit that graphic novels held a prominent place in my heart, way before books ever did; in fact, I have a huge collection of graphic novels that can speak for themselves. For obvious reasons though, things sort of changed after I had my babies.

Now that my little ones are much older and very inquisitive about the books I read, I have to be more diligent :/

This one looks good though! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Nicole Hewitt said...

Hmmm ... I've only read a few graphic novels, but I'd like to branch out more. This one sounds really good!!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Cleo Bannister said...

I can't get over how you find these amazing sounding books - a graphic novel that would spark some deep discussions by the sound of things.

Erika Sorocco said...

This makes me think of the film Ghost.


Tracy Terry said...

For some reason really creeped out by the cover and yet I really like the graphics you shared.

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I'm a fan of graphic novels, but I never quite know where to start or which ones to get. This one looks amazing, and it's going on my tbr list! Love that you have a personal connection to the author!

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I seriously need to get back into graphic novels, I haven't read one for months, sounds (and looks) great! :)

Aylee said...

Ooh, this artwork caught my attention right away! I'm definitely intrigued. And I've been meaning to read more graphic novels anyway!