How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement - no matter how temporary.
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.
It’s scary how one book can speak of so much of a life through pictures and words. Blankets is told by Craig Thompson, a good Christian boy, doing is his best to stay on the straight and narrow and avoid the wrath of God (and God’s followers.) Poor, lonely, and emotionally broken Craig is convinced that the only relief from the real world is Heaven and focuses all of his attention on getting there. Until he begins to see that maybe things don’t really add up. This book is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. It addresses a ton of the questions that I had/have as someone who had an extremely religious upbringing. This book is about learning who you are as an individual and learning to think for yourself and embracing knowledge, rather than fearing it.
Pros: Full of heart and honesty, beautifully illustrated, fast paced, thought provoking
Cons: Triggers, some people will not see it through because of the religious overtones
Trigger: Sexual abuse, child abuse, drug use
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