Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Quitter by Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel

Here Harvey Pekar tells the story of his early years as a child of Jewish immigrants: his sense of alienation in his own neighborhood, his struggle to find his place in the world. The title refers to Pekar's not uncommon tendency, as an adolescent, to give up when things didn't go exactly as planned.

Though R. Crumb is certainly my favorite artist to illustrate Pekar's stories, Dean Haspiel's style complements the story rather well.

At the back of the book, a great spread of photos of the real-life quitter.

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