Violent Cases

Violent Cases An exploration of the trappings of violence and the failings of memory Violent Cases marks the beginning of the astonishing and award winning collaboration between author Neil Gaiman and the artist D

  • Title: Violent Cases
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • ISBN: 9781852863722
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exploration of the trappings of violence and the failings of memory, Violent Cases marks the beginning of the astonishing and award winning collaboration between author Neil Gaiman and the artist Dave McKean, offered in its first Dark Horse edition, in softcover format with cover flaps Set only in the memory of its author, this brillant short story meanders through levAn exploration of the trappings of violence and the failings of memory, Violent Cases marks the beginning of the astonishing and award winning collaboration between author Neil Gaiman and the artist Dave McKean, offered in its first Dark Horse edition, in softcover format with cover flaps Set only in the memory of its author, this brillant short story meanders through levels of recollection surrounding a childhood injury After dislocating his arm, a young boy is taken to see a doctor an aged osteopath who was once the doctor of legendary gangster Al Capone Through studied observations and painstaking attempts at truthful recall, the author reconstructs his tattered memories of the events surrounding his meeting with the doctor, and delves into the psychological complexities that emerged from the doctor s bizarre tales of Capone s life of crime Gorgeously illustrated in mixed media by Dave McKean, Violent Cases is a sensuous and thought provoking meditation on our memories.

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    1. I think I appreciate what the collaborators were trying to do, more than I liked the end result. Gaiman provides a compelling and discomforting story and McKean's accompanying artwork is striking, but the whole package just didn't get under my skin. The story looks at how formative memory is in making us who we are and how undependable it is at the same time, a theme which really resonates with me, but there was such a disconnect for me between the child's experiences and the over the top Al Cap [...]

    2. I don't know what to say. The artwork was beautiful in this graphic novel but (and I'm not trying to be a Gaiman hater here) the story was forgettable.

    3. Violent Cases is an interesting graphic novel by Niel Gaiman. It is a short story that has been adapted to graphic novel format.Violent Cases is just a tale about a small boy who has to go to a doctor. Turns out the Doctor was once a Doctor for Al Capone. There begins a strange story. It's a look at a boy who is very interested in the concept of who and what Al Capone was. The story is a relatively dark one. The strange art style complements the tone, though much like the art in Arkham Asylum it [...]

    4. A young man recalls the story of his childhood osteopath, who was an old associate of Al Capone. As the narrator combines the pieces of his memory, we get the sense that they are not so much facts as idealized embellishments of a remote past. The surrounding events all have special pertinence, and characters change form as the story progresses. Because the events were taken in through a child's lens, the men appear as domineering figures, with vast wrinkles and hard, chiseled faces. But it is on [...]

    5. This is basically the same review as the one I wrote for the other Neil Gaiman graphic novel (Murder Mysteries) that I read recently. I liked the promise of this story. It seems to follow very much like his short stories do - abrupt at the end and leaves me wondering what happened and what the point of the story was. The story that is there though is good nonetheless.

    6. A poor job of utilizing the unreliable narrator approach.The repetitive use of 'I don't remember', 'I'm not sure' and 'I forget' becomes annoying after a while.The story surrounding Al Capone itself wasn't all that interesting.To make things worse, the lettering was illegible.Skip this.

    7. Δεν είχε πολλά να πει σαν ιστορία (στην κυριολεξία, είναι 64 σελίδες) αλλά ας μη κοροιδευόμαστε ακόμα κ αν ο Gaiman περιέγραφε λίστα σουπερμάρκετ με McKean στην εικονογράφηση θα την αγόραζα με πιρουέτα

    8. This was the world's introduction to the literary marriage of Gaiman & McKean, and it began a collaboration that would bear just as hypnotic and enchanting fruit as this. In Gaiman's introduction, he offers that Violent Cases was largely the result of trying to show the world what comics could do; it goes a long way toward that goal, but in the very least estimation tells a simple & eerily nostalgic tale quite effectively.I truly cannot imagine having to have read this in its original-pu [...]

    9. Falar em Neil Gaiman e Dave McKean na mesma frase é como falar de arroz com feijão, de bife com batata frita, de leite com café. São duas pessoas que tem tanta química, mas tanta química juntos que qualquer coisa que eles produzam juntos é algo especial e essencial às nossas vidas. E é isso que nós temos diante de nós: um dos primeiros trabalhos da dupla em uma temática muito à frente em sua época.No final da década de 1980, quadrinhos ainda eram mais voltados para contar históri [...]

    10. This was very impressiveI dug the perspective of storytelling, and the characters were very well fleshed out for such a short book.At the end, I wanted much more of the style and everything but I was happy with how the thing ended up in the air to an extent.This is my first Neil Gaiman book ever read, and I'm happy it was his first comic book project. Violent Cases is #97 on the top 100 graphic novels of all time list, I am enjoying this journey almost as much as my Stephen King book club.

    11. I had waited too many years to read this book and was a bit disappointed by it. On the one hand, it features the themes and styles from both authors, which is always a guarantee of quality. On the other, the story is so thin and directionless, that in the end you feel you've been reading an experimental exercise in style more than a finished work. I'd still recommend it, the visuals are beautiful and so is the writing, it just leaves you wanting for a more focused story. Next in line from the sa [...]

    12. One of Neil's earlier works and I have to say it's not very memorable but maybe that's because it's so not my type of thing. It's a gangster/Al Capone story and I don't really care for those. McKean's art is fascinating as always.

    13. To feed my current Gaiman obsession, I decided to explore his graphic stories some more. This book, with the artwork of Dave McKean, was first up on my list. And Gaiman delivers again It's a relatively short story, but the length perfectly suits the story, as it deals with the imperfections of our memory. Whole histories are compressed and distorted. This is just what the story will tell: A narrator that closely resembles Gaiman tells us of his relationship with his father and of the osteopath h [...]

    14. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuGrafic, romanul este în regulă. Din punctul de vedere al narațiunii, povestirea m-a lăsat rece. Nu are nimic spectaculos, eu cel puțin nu am reușit să găsesc nimic spectaculos, chiar dacă tema propusă de Gaiman este destul de interesantă, deși e întoarsă pe toate fețele de mai toți scriitori din istorie – natura defectuoasă a memoriei.Pentru prima dată îmi dau seama că Gaiman este de foarte multe ori superficial în [...]

    15. I put this book on my "currently reading" list and then promptly set it aside to finish something else. At only about 50 pages, you can get through it in no time at all, even if you linger over the superb illustrations by Dave McKean."Violent Cases" was one of the first collaborations between Neil Gaiman and artist McKean. Too short to be a graphic novel, it is more aptly called a graphic short story. The story is framed in the form of a childhood recollection of a meeting with Al Capone's osteo [...]

    16. For all those giving out 5 stars perhaps they can sit down and tell me what the point of the story was/is. Yes the art is very pretty but like most of Dave McKean's artwork I find I don't get drawn in emotionally. The story is about an incident from Neil's childhood about how his dad accidentally broke Neil's arm on day and Neil was taken to an osteopath who used to work for Al Capone. Then we get a few more childhood observations thrown in, a children's party at the end when Neil runs into the [...]

    17. The contrasts on this graphic novel might make the reader feel a bit uneasy, but Gaiman's way of leading you through a story full of violence while he masks it all in behind the eyes of a child, makes for this story one to love.The characters might seem distant at moments and even detached form the reader, yet this does not make the story any less entertaining and helps enhance the feeling of darkness and past in the novel.

    18. Belíssima dica da Simone. Deu para entender o auê em torno da colaboração dos dois: já tinha lido uma história em quadrinhos (bem nada a ver) e um livro infantil (legal, mas as ilustrações eram ok) dos dois, mas só agora saquei a força do que eles podem produzir. Quero mais.

    19. This is where the glorious collaboration between Gaiman and McLean started. Great story so very well executed in pictures by McLean exploring memory, childhood, social etiquette and the legend of Al Capone. It wasn't the story I was expected. Never is with Gaiman.

    20. Huh. Well, this was interesting but definitely nothing to write home about. Counts as "a book published the year you were born" for my 2015 reading challenge. I cheated a little bit - this is a re-released version of the old one, but the original text is all there.

    21. This graphic novella is told from the point of view of a man recalling memories from when he was four years old. It's really interesting this point of view along with the images drawn by Dave McKean. The memory has to do with his relationship with an osteopath who seems to have worked with Al Capone. This story is about memory, what it is like to try to remember something from one's childhood and the possibility that having grown up clouds or morphs certain aspects of that memory. It's really cl [...]

    22. Spurred by a remembrance of the world osteopath I pulled this off the shelf for a reread, and it is as much a dizzying tour de force as I remembered from my first read oh so many years ago. There is so much going on in the art and writing that it left an indelible impression on my then young psyche - looking back at so many things I wrote in college they were attempts to mimic this book, whether i wanted to admit it or not. If you have the chance to read it, read it.

    23. The narrative in Violent Cases hammers the point of how an unreliable narrator can make the reader question all of the action presented. I was drawn to the juxtaposition of the Al Capone murderous rampage with a bat to the violence inherent in a game of musical chairs at a childhood birthday party.I will be drawn to read this book again to enjoy the artistry of Dave McKean.

    24. A nice parallel story of gangsters and birthday parties. It doesn't have it's usual Gaiman twists/fantasy but I will read anything by him. My version had quite a bit of backstory on the making of the underground comics industry which I found interesting.

    25. A man recalls meetings a gangster’s osteopath when he was a child and interweaves the memory with other recollections from childhood.Great idea for a story but didn’t really go anywhere and the parallels drawn out didn’t really seem original – most people have a nasty / competitive streak.

    26. I appreciate the art and the story there just wasn't anything there to really enjoy. As another reader commented, there was just too much of a disconnect between the story of Al Capone and the boy.

    27. An eerie short story that overtly plays with memory and imagination. Dave McKean's design and artwork give Gaiman's story an extra layer of shadow.

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