Review: The Sculptor


David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding  what  to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier!

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

I’m trying something new today: a mini review! No doubt you’ve seen these around the internet in places. I’m just going to review it in two paragraphs or less (not gonna lie, it’s a win/win coz I spend less time blogging and you spend less time reading, but still get the general gist of the book).

The general gist of this book is that it is so goddamn brilliant. I don’t think anybody else has ever managed to capture the essence of love quite like Scott McCloud in a graphic novel. The main character, David Smith (yes, it’s supposed to be a boring name) makes a deal with the devil, gets to sculpt anything he can imagine, but only gets to live for another 200 days. Hence, obviously, he goes and falls in love with a girl, only to know that he’s going to die after 130 days or so. (And let me tell you here and now that Scott McCloud is not afraid to screw with your emotions and yes, he does actually die. There’s no deus ex machina here).

All this genius storytelling enclosed is in a beautiful package as thick as a bible, filled chockfull with beautiful art. The characters can be very frustrating at times, but once you get to know them, it’s incredibly easy to find yourself falling in love with them. Also, I’m going to excuse the Insta-Love here (ping @WrittenWordWorlds) because it just feels so incredibly natural (I mean, Instalove is nice when done well, eg, Romeo and Juliet) and smooth. The plot is good, the characters are good, the character development is great, the writing and art is good… what more can I ask for? As Neil Gaiman said: “The best graphic novel I’ve read in years”. I’m going to second that (not that Neil Gaiman needs a seconding but still).

In conclusion, you have reached the end of the review. (Ikr so strange, it’s so short). Goodbye, and see you next time! (I’ve been so busy with the newly resurrected school year – damn I was hoping it would die forever but NUP it’s back – and with school comes the inevitable demise of the blog. I will schedule more posts I promise. Baii)

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10

The Sculptor is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.

The Info:

  • Title: The Sculptor
  • Author: Scott McCloud
  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: First Second Books (February 3rd, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN10: 1596435739
  • URL: Goodreads

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