Monday, April 12, 2010

_Vampire Loves_ by Joann Sfar

I snatched this graphic novel up at my local library, intrigued by its simple art and the artlessness of the characters' problems. It was fun. It amounts to a gentle story about the vagaries of love, whose characters happen to be vampires and ghosts and such...but that doesn't matter much.

I get the feeling the author has a good sense of how relationships actually work, but the book comes to no strong conclusions, rather ending where it began. One of the characters almost entirely lacks self-knowledge, and is a pretty good portrayal of how people often act as a result. This is worth a read, but it wouldn't earn a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

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