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These stylistic touches--the scrawling words, the roughly executed and brightly colored images--underscore the intimacy and the vulnerability implicit in these deeply personal reflections as they appear as open and guileless as the art of a dreamy child. I will admit that I was disappointed that Delporte did not write more about Tove Jansson, not only as one of the first widely popular female cartoonists, but also for her fierce independence and her devotion to her art. This work would have been much more satisfying and more unified if more biographical insights into Jansson had replaced the multiple scattershot shout-outs to female artists that offered little more than their names without much context provided.
I enjoyed the artwork and most of the story, especially the pieces where the author is trying to figure out her balance between being an independent woman and desiring love, but it's a bit stream of consciousness, which is never my favorite thing. I read it once - loved it at the beginning and finished kind of confused.
Skimmed it a second time and it started to come together more for me.
I think I'd have reacted differently if I'd gone in knowing that the book was meant to be read as snippets a I enjoyed the artwork and most of the story, especially the pieces where the author is trying to figure out her balance between being an independent woman and desiring love, but it's a bit stream of consciousness, which is never my favorite thing.
I think I'd have reacted differently if I'd gone in knowing that the book was meant to be read as snippets and flashes rather than a linear story. Gorgeous illustrations and very relatable writing. Her handwriting made it feel so personal. It inspired me to pick up drawing again as a way of journaling. I picked it up from the library at random and was so pleasantly surprised! Loved the artwork. It had such vibrant colors. Such a deeply personal and thought provoking memoir that is perfect for both Women's History Month and the Metoo movement.
Apr 27, Meredith rated it really liked it.
Gorgeous illustrations and open-hearted narrative. I read the English translation. We have a similar travel path as well with major life moments happening in Finland and in Belgium so I connected with this book on more levels than just 'the woman's experience'. A calm, meandering collection - a reflection, faintly, on what it means to be a woman, especially a woman who creates.
The author references a lot of other works, both drawing and quoting painters, filmmakers, and storytellers. Her favorite is Tove Jansson, the woman who created Moomin. We don't know what the circumstances are for either woman - Julie or Tove - and so there's no way to answer that. Buy an island, visit a lighthouse, WORK Th A calm, meandering collection - a reflection, faintly, on what it means to be a woman, especially a woman who creates. This is almost like a journal, chronicling random bits of memoir and inspiration with simple, evocative colored pencil sketches.
There's a lot of talk about creating, and I like the subtle, perhaps unconscious but probably not comparisons of motherhood and artistry. The author cites statistics about the difference in men and women's artistic output how much they are paid, how often they are featured, and how many hours they spend in the studio compared to each other ; she quotes her friends and the small well, as she calls it, of influential female artists that all creative women go bac k to, base their lives on, again and again - all talking about why they do or don't or won't have children.
Julie seems anxious about settling down, having a home, losing herself in a relationship, or having to choose between children and work. In some ways this makes the book feel older than it is, like when she worries no man can love a feminist, and, as a feminist, she cannot love a man.
But at the same time, these anxieties are very modern I would like to read it again, and in the meantime, I'll continue to think about it. Gorgeous illustrations and beautiful writing. I was unaware of the Moomins except that one of my friends is a fan and showed me some of that series. It also captures that feeling so many women have of feeling like they want to be part of a couple, but also feel smothered just thinking about it. The artwork seems so simple. Barely there depictions of people, animals, places. But they tell everything. I picked this book up on a lark, without knowing anything about it.
I loved the title, and the look of it. This is a meditation on Delporte's life told in colored pencil drawings. She reflects on childhood sexual abused and how it becomes layered in her consciousness of gender and relationships. The book is framed by a tour of women's art and especially a favorite of hers: Tove Jansson, who wrote the Moomin books. She adores Jansson and at one point her therapist asks her what Tove Jansson would do. Delporte's style is reminiscent of some of the early Moomin art.
Reading this book is a bit like peeki This is a meditation on Delporte's life told in colored pencil drawings. Reading this book is a bit like peeking into an artists journal that you've been invited to read.
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Julie Delporte's work never fails to pull at something that I have hidden away. This autobiographical comic about women carving out spaces for healing and creativity, connection and inspiration was fragile yet so vitally insistent on making itself heard. Delporte opened worlds for me, alerting my attention to lesser known female artists, writers, and cartoonists. And, of course, reigniting my love for Tove Jannson and her delightful moomins.
This is a comic I will hold dearly, yes oh yes. This was a really interesting book.
It's not a memoir or a journal. It's more of a meditation on her mindset and experiences, channeled through some thoughts on the great Finnish author Tove Jansson. I found it I don't know Mostly, I just found myself wanting to read it without any expectation or judgment or "white knight" instincts, to just understand and accept her experience as her own and worthy of sharing. Breathtakingly beautiful, I expected nothing less from Delporte! Very feminist, very ethereal, very sweet, sometimes scary. The drawings are so lovely and I love that the writing is all in an elegant cursive.
The other day I talked about being done with hipster nonsense comics. This is definitely one of those comics that the "cool kids" read, but it's not centered on being winky and ironic. This one is heartfelt and sincere and feminist.
I liked it. The art was slight and lovely, but not my cup of tea. The writing meanders, but also hits some high notes. Apr 15, Kjerstif rated it it was amazing. This book hit home. A beautiful sort of stream of consciousness with pictures. I love her style of drawing. A lot of things she ponders about are things I too am struggling with at the moment, as a modern woman. And of course, I loved her exploration of Tove Jansson and other women artists.