Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Big Empty Life of Alphonse Tabouret (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Lion Forge via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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The Big Empty Life of Alphonse Tabouret
Authors: Sibylline Desmazières & Capucine 
Artist: Jérôme d'Aviau 
Recent Release Date: May 29, 2018

Synopsis: In the middle of a quiet, not-so-special clearing in the woods, a wee tiny whatsit wakes up without any memory at all. So he sets off in search of his maker, as well as some sense of purpose in Life. Along the way, he encounters a bizarre cast of silly, helpful, and oddly poignant characters who teach him how to survive this crazy game called Existence.The Big Empty Life of Alphonse Tabouret is an existential fairy tale about Life, Love, Loss, and the search for answers to questions we all ask nobody in particular. While cute and silly on the surface, almost every encounter is metaphorical (without being heavy-handedly so). This adorably engaging and heartwarming tale invites the reader to decipher the life lessons gleaned by Alphonse in personal terms that speak to today's social conditions. Through the innocent lens of simple, cute characterization, readers are presented with honest questions about parenting, materialism, addiction, codependency, narcissism, depression, and the search for meaning that we all undergo every day.


Review: I never knew where the story was going in this graphic novel. It is such different storytelling. The artwork is simple and matches the tone of the story very well. This book tackles some interestingly complex, basic problems like loneliness, fulfillment, and finding your purpose in life. 

This book is so different than anything I have read, but I enjoyed it a lot. You may start out confused, but just go with the flow and you'll figure it out. I give this book a 4.5/5.


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