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Blood song : a silent ballad
Drooker, Eric, 1958-
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San Diego : Harcourt, [2002]

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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (all color) ; 23 cm
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"A harvest original."
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From American Book Award winner Eric Drooker, this is a story for the ages, beginning with the agrarian past, through the industrial present, and into the technological future.
A young woman bravely escapes a military assault on her island village, journeying across the ocean to arrive, unknowingly, in the Big City. There she meets and falls in love with a saxophone player, who makes heartfelt music. The police find and silence him, confiscating his saxophone and warning him not to make music again as it's strictly forbidden in the Big City. When the street musician continues to make music with his voice the police soon find and imprison him, making the future uncertain for the talented performer and the brave woman who loves him.
Blood Song transcends the boundaries of conventional novels--a wordless tale written in the ancient language of pictures.

Author Notes

Eric Drooker's paintings are seen on covers of the New Yorker, the Progressive, the Village Voice, and numerous other magazines. He is a graduate of Cooper Union and the author of the American Book Award-winning Flood! : A Novel in Pictures, Illuminated Poems (with Allen Ginsberg), and Street Posters & Ballads. A third-generation New Yorker, he currently resides in Berkeley, California. Joe Sacco, winner of the American Book Award, is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship andthe author of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Drooker's postindustrial "silent ballad" of man's place within a planetary life cycle is back in print with this lush new softcover edition. Also known for his New Yorker covers, Drooker's wordless comics and graphic novels follow the traditions of politically motivated woodcut-novelists including Lynd Ward and Frans Masereel. Drooker infuses those artists' emblematic approach with comics-specific narrative forms, fluid storytelling, and gracefully animated drawing. Less frenetic than his darkly urban Flood! this book moves at a stately pace matched to the grander rhythms and cycles of a living world. In the highly symbolic and sharply pointed narrative, a rural Southeast Asian woman's budding maturity dovetails with her awareness of a larger, technological world-forcibly manifested by a platoon of familiar-looking, heavily armed GIs. The woman escapes in an epic journey that takes her to a cosmopolitan city, where she discovers both the creative and oppressive possibilities of civilized modernity. This contemporary fable is expressed entirely through the intense artwork, combining dark, inky scratchboard with sensitive and judicious watercolor, crisply and brightly reproduced. The high production values of this affordable paperback edition are perfectly calibrated to communicate Drooker's universal message with maximum clarity. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-This remarkable book induces in readers the powerful emotional truth of a folktale or myth. Told entirely through art, the narrative is simple. Driven from their rural home by war in Southeast Asia, a young woman and her dog survive a sea crossing and find themselves in an industrial city in the West where they encounter love and another sort of war. Varying his images from spreads to multi-panel sequences, Drooker is a master of pace and mood. His perspectives veer in a visionary fashion from galactic to intimate. He movingly portrays a striking range of emotional states from calm tranquillity to loving sex to panicked flight. His scratchboard-and-watercolor art is monochromatic and expressionistic, with visual echoes of traditions as varied as the lyrical watercolors of Southeast Asia and the muscular woodblocks of socialist realism. When color does make a rare appearance, it has a powerful narrative effect. Readers are likely to be drawn, like the protagonist, into the maelstrom, and to find themselves thinking deeply.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.