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How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

Title: How To Be Happy, Author: Eleanor DavisHow To Be Happy. Finished 4-23-16, rating 2.5/5, graphic novel, 145 pages, pub. 2014

Eleanor Davis’s How to be Happy is the artist’s first collection of graphic/literary short stories. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she’s drawn for such curatorial venues as Mome and No-Brow, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis’s graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen and ink line work, and meticulously designed full color painted panels– which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

from Goodreads

I am not a graphic novel fan, but I tried this during the readathon and it was a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this short story collection, but didn’t quite get the point of all of the stories.  Davis tells you right from the beginning that this book has nothing to do with ‘how to be happy’ but I wish the stories had leaned a little more in that direction.  But, again, not a regular graphic novel reader, so I could be way off in my assessment.

 

May 23, 2016 - Posted by | 2 1/2 Stars or Less |

4 Comments »

  1. I’ve never read a graphic novel and have no interest in it. But it’s not based on anything!

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | May 23, 2016 | Reply

  2. Worth a look – thanks!

    Comment by Rosemary Wolfe, NoChargeBookbunch | May 24, 2016 | Reply

  3. Too bad this was a stinker but don’t give up on the genre!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | May 24, 2016 | Reply

  4. I enjoy graphic memoirs over graphic novels, but I enjoy both on occasion. I don’t read them very often though. I like the artwork on the cover of this one.

    Comment by Literary Feline | June 1, 2016 | Reply


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