That’s a murky description for how Jeff Lemire’s career has taken him to places totally unexpected. The “Essex County” books represent such a. The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. First Generation Films optioned the graphic novel and is developing a scripted series for Canada’s CBC.

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Les and Ken are both sad, both disappointed with how their lives turned out, and both realize that there is nothing they can do about it. Lou Lebeuf is living in his memories, remembering his happy childhood and then the split that tore him and his brother apart, as deafness and dementia set in and he is moved from his farm house to a nursing home.

Monday April 18 to Sunday April Aug 15, Ivan rated it really liked it Shelves: Transcending images on the page to stand proudly on a shelf with, in this case, the Margaret Atwoods or Michael Ondaatjes of the world. The illustrations reinforce the bleakness of the stories, which takes place in can you guess? Tragedy runs through the stories, cutting like a knife when they occur, but Lemire makes it all seem so natural and well timed, that you buy as the essence of life.

Essex County

I also didn’t get attached to the characters My guess is that Canadian readers rated this high. I also liked some of the imagery. But all of us can pick ourselves up, shake off the dust of disappointment, and try to live the best lives we can. There are also the silences.


I also remember the disappointment and frustration when Essex County was the first book voted off Canada Reads. He tries to make sense of my his lonely life by holding on to the only thing that matters- Hockey, to which he was a one hit wonder of; yet his life somehow finds its way back to the focal point of tragedy.

Along the way, Jeff Lemire uses time and consciousness warping techniques to tell a story that may break your heart while making it stronger.

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

If there is a benchmark for me with this book, it came through my friend Crys Lewis, who recently visited NYC.

He likes ldmire discuss how adults and children see things differently and can observe the adult perspective in these comic books. Essex County is an homage to the isolated community in which Jeff Lemire grew up which I know esswx is roughly hours from where I grew in Michigan, and that makes it resonate with me all the more, for some reason.

Official 20th Book Club Discussion: Sep 16, Get X Serious rated it it was amazing. One of her stops was Midtown comics, and as sweet as she was, asked me if I wanted anything. Each depressing detail, each tragedy, each family rift felt very human and very genuine.

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It feels very personal and expresses counyy strength of emotion that one draws from the deepest memories and feelings of childhood. And it was impressive how the concatenating narrative unraveled complicated relations in sheer simplicity, evoking strong emotions in the process. Each line on the craggy faces of the characters shows their age, experience, wisdom, and regrets at life gone by.

I loved the image of the two brothers skating on the river together as boys, leaning into one another, the affection and camaraderie of it. These three stories, as well as the ephemera that is also collected in this edition, paint a world that is incredibly specific and detailed, even if, like me, you know nothing of the actual Essex County, Ontario.


They are really basic and characters where hard to differentiate at times.

There were so many incredible moments of writing where I just stopped and said, god damn it, how did he do that? The art, how the author uses the stark contrast between black and white, with a soft grey-scale for the initial flashbacks, is masterful.

There is a prevailing sense of loneliness and longing in every c This book broke me. This story involves Lou and Vince LaBeuf, hockey playing brothers from the farmlands who come to Toronto to play hockey. Would have worked as a longer piece.

Also, the way the three stories intertwined was a big plus for the storythe very ending being so satisfying. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. See 2 questions about Essex County…. His facial expressions are amazing in this incredibly reductive, Saturday-cartoon style, but it manages to do the heavy lifting and make one hell of an emotional impact.

Even the human landscape is sparse. With the lush, expressive inking of a cartoonist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.