Cage

Cage

Book - 2013
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First published in 1975, The Cage was a graphic novel before there was a name for the medium. Cryptic and disturbing, it spurns narrative for atmosphere, guiding us through a labyrinthine series of crumbling facades, disarrayed rooms and desolate landscapes, as time stutters backward and forward. Within the cage's barbed-wire confines, we observe humanity only through its traces: a filmic sequence of discarded objects - headphones, inky stains, dishevelled bedsheets - scored by a deafening cacophony of breaths, cries and unsettling silence. This new edition, which includes an introduction by comics master Seth, brings Martin Vaughn-James's nightmarish vision to a new generation of readers.--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Toronto :, Coach House Books,, [2013]
Edition: Second edition
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781552452875
Branch Call Number: Vaug
Additional Contributors: Seth, 1962-

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ncparrish
Sep 08, 2015

Pretty interesting line-based art, dipping it's toes in surreal forms. The text is a little wordy & half-gibberish stream-of-thought style writing, but is interesting & even humorous here & there. To be honest I didn't read it thoroughly, but it wasn't quite as good as I hoped. It has a legendary reputation, I'll pick up a copy someday & re-read it.

forbesrachel Nov 04, 2014

A graphic novel unlike any other. Eschewing the normal multi-panel form, characters, and basic plot for an experience that defies logical thought, the Cage is not for all. These detailed, inked drawings evoke something in us, what that something is, is hard to define. Pages, images, and words are strung together in one continuous flow. We the readers move through these images as if we are in a first person game, observing the cage, rooms, streets, and the reminders of the life that is now absent. These images are almost surrealistic in the destruction and desolation they portray, while still being realistic in their technically, and geometrically correct forms. Reoccurring objects and perspectives seem to be the major links across the whole. The Cage is a creation of creativity. It is just like how dreams and ideas spontaneously appear in your mind with no thought to time, place, or events. Whether half-formed, fleeting, or wildly jumping about, they come in a stream. Thus this is a window into that. We can barely grasp this elusive thread, and the author himself admits to the same in his prelude, but we are drawn to it because of this very quality.

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mclarjh
Oct 02, 2014

Difficult to evaluate. The JMG Le Clezio of graphic novels.

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