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Three wordless novels by a master, told in 206 Expressionistic woodcuts: The Sun, a struggle with destiny; The Idea, the triumph of an artistic concept over suppression; and Story Without Words, a poignant romance. "So compelling, so deeply felt, so rich in ideas, that one never tires of looking at them." — Thomas Mann Three wordless novels by a master, told in 206 Expressionistic woodcuts: The Sun, a struggle with destiny; The Idea, the triumph of an artistic concept over suppression; and Story Without Words, a poignant romance. "So compelling, so deeply felt, so rich in ideas, that one never tires of looking at them." — Thomas Mann


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Three wordless novels by a master, told in 206 Expressionistic woodcuts: The Sun, a struggle with destiny; The Idea, the triumph of an artistic concept over suppression; and Story Without Words, a poignant romance. "So compelling, so deeply felt, so rich in ideas, that one never tires of looking at them." — Thomas Mann Three wordless novels by a master, told in 206 Expressionistic woodcuts: The Sun, a struggle with destiny; The Idea, the triumph of an artistic concept over suppression; and Story Without Words, a poignant romance. "So compelling, so deeply felt, so rich in ideas, that one never tires of looking at them." — Thomas Mann

30 review for Three Graphic Novels: The Sun / The Idea / Story Without Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    Within 10 minutes or less, I was able to finished browsing the riveting illustrations in this graphic novel. It's up to the reader's comprehension on how will interpret those poignant sequential artworks. Some are hard to decipher but if you will try to go back several pages, you can be able to understand what those drawings want to convey. Within 10 minutes or less, I was able to finished browsing the riveting illustrations in this graphic novel. It's up to the reader's comprehension on how will interpret those poignant sequential artworks. Some are hard to decipher but if you will try to go back several pages, you can be able to understand what those drawings want to convey.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter Landau

    What’s better than a graphic novel by Frans Masereel? Three graphic novels by Frans Masereel!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marcelo Soares

    Então, uma coleção de três em xilogravuras de um autor belga do início do século XX; o vintão não termina nunca. A xilogravura é tipo um carimbo, a figura é feita em madeira e reproduzida em pequenos livros para a população que não sabia ler, o artista em questão, Frans Masereel, parece entender do assunto, porque, na época, não existia a tecnologia gráfica que temos hoje, então os desenhos, ainda que cheios de significados, parecem um tanto simples e até mesmo grosseiros, não há uma noção clara Então, uma coleção de três em xilogravuras de um autor belga do início do século XX; o vintão não termina nunca. A xilogravura é tipo um carimbo, a figura é feita em madeira e reproduzida em pequenos livros para a população que não sabia ler, o artista em questão, Frans Masereel, parece entender do assunto, porque, na época, não existia a tecnologia gráfica que temos hoje, então os desenhos, ainda que cheios de significados, parecem um tanto simples e até mesmo grosseiros, não há uma noção clara de perspectiva ou sequência de eventos, mas acredito que isso faça parte da busca pelo significado de cada gravura. Em O Sol temos a busca de um homem pelo, bom, Sol. Claro, uma alegoria que parece questionar o que nós estamos dispostos a fazer em busca do que acreditamos. Em A Ideia - lindíssima - temos a jornada de uma ideia - uma alegoria na forma de uma mulher - que é jogada ao mundo e uma série de coisas boas e ruins parece acontecer, mas demonstra o quão frágil e, paradoxalmente, resiliente uma ideia pode ser, por mais que tentem amordaçá-la, transformá-la, usá-la, ela sempre parece voltar, como diria o mago, ideias não morrem. Já em História Sem Palavras temos as tentativas de um homem em conquistar uma mulher, as gravuras mostram as diversas promessas e propostas que o homem faz para conquistá-la sem sucesso, até uma reviravolta que talvez envolva a morte ou a transformação em que ele a conquista, paradoxalmente - admito que pode ser eu lendo a minha vida na falta de palavras do autor - eles parecem apenas conquistar a própria solidão. É diferente, é bonitinho, mas é apenas uma curiosidade proporcionada pela teoria do vintão.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Canavan

    ✭✭✭½ Incorporates: Le soleil [The Sun], Frans Masereel (1919). ✭✭✭✭ Idée: sa naissance, sa vie, sa mort [The Idea], Frans Masereel (1920). ✭✭✭ Histoire sans paroles: 60 images dessinées et gravées sur bois [Story without Words], Frans Masereel (1920). ✭✭✭½

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rex Hurst

    These are reprints of three of Frans Masereel woodcut novels from the 1920s. While inspired by ancient techniques, he also inspired other artists and a new fad of the old craft sprung up in the 1920s. Unfortunately, the Great Depression ended the fad as it ended so many other things. It must be pointed out that these graphic novels came before the advent of Superman, and they are mainly commentaries on the condition of man. Many people have an idea that old-time literature was filled with Victor These are reprints of three of Frans Masereel woodcut novels from the 1920s. While inspired by ancient techniques, he also inspired other artists and a new fad of the old craft sprung up in the 1920s. Unfortunately, the Great Depression ended the fad as it ended so many other things. It must be pointed out that these graphic novels came before the advent of Superman, and they are mainly commentaries on the condition of man. Many people have an idea that old-time literature was filled with Victorian era attitudes and forced to be a squeaky clean as 1950s Tv. Not so. Sexuality and nudity are openly discussed (or displayed) in these stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roy Zheng

    The archetypes of heroes who defy gravity to chase the sun. From the Greek Icarus and the Chinese Kua Fu--one died by drowning, the other died of thirst--to Masereel's modern take in The Sun, in which the hero, the helpless romantic, perhaps embodies all artists' desire for the ultimate freedom--death? The archetypes of heroes who defy gravity to chase the sun. From the Greek Icarus and the Chinese Kua Fu--one died by drowning, the other died of thirst--to Masereel's modern take in The Sun, in which the hero, the helpless romantic, perhaps embodies all artists' desire for the ultimate freedom--death?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I give 5 stars just for the Story Without Words, while the first two stories are good, the third is the really great one. I also appreciated the explanation of each story given at the outset so that daft people like myself could understand what they are looking at.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mckinley

    While Masereel may have created these back in the 1919 and 1920s, they remain timeless. Without words to date these expressionistic woodcuts, they are also international. Briefly put, The Sun is a struggle with destiny; The Idea depicts the triumph of an artistic concept over suppression; and Story Without Words is a tragic romance. They are also much more detailed and interesting than such short descriptions do justice to. Masereel, one of the greatest woodcut artists of the 20th century, lived While Masereel may have created these back in the 1919 and 1920s, they remain timeless. Without words to date these expressionistic woodcuts, they are also international. Briefly put, The Sun is a struggle with destiny; The Idea depicts the triumph of an artistic concept over suppression; and Story Without Words is a tragic romance. They are also much more detailed and interesting than such short descriptions do justice to. Masereel, one of the greatest woodcut artists of the 20th century, lived from 1889 until 1972 creating over 20 wordless novels. Thomas Mann, who he drew illustrations for, put it much better when he commented they are "So compelling, so deeply felt, so rich in ideas, that one never tires of looking at them." I heartily agree and think you will too. So how about taking a break from reading words by reading pictures instead? The Sun is an all out attempt to reach the sun no matter what and then what happens. The Idea is the havic of offering a new idea to the general public that does all sorts of things to it. A Story Without Words is the endless wooing of a women by a man in every way until having bed her, he casts her aside and leaves. Very interesting and dark.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael P.

    Thumbs go up or down based on whether or not a book was worth the time once the reading, or in this case viewing, is over. None of the stories here reached me, though I have some regard for the endless variations of the first. In every case, I got the point long before the point is made. If context matters, these early attempts to tell stories in pictures alone show an important development, but I finished all three stories not really caring.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    The idea may be the single best woodcut novel I've read. Beautifully executed expressionist woodcut stories The idea may be the single best woodcut novel I've read. Beautifully executed expressionist woodcut stories

  11. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin C.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zahari

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Francisco Paredes

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gerdien

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert Lamphear

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danac

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madhumitha

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ani

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sky

  22. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lucian Lupescu

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Schneider

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Alper

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Colfack

  29. 5 out of 5

    S.M.S

  30. 5 out of 5

    taylor-ruth

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