sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Sherlock glass)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
I really liked The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino, a graphic memoir focusing on the author's experiences with illnesses. He has mysterious and severe gut pain, which turns out to be a tumor (non cancerous) requiring surgery. He loses a lot of weight and has trouble gaining it back. Eventually, though natural and alternative medicine, he starts to feel better physically, but then his old problems with anxiety and OCD act up, causing problems with his marriage. There are some intense descriptions in here including self-harm, thoughts of suicide, OCD symptoms, and food issues, which some readers will no doubt want to avoid or approach with caution.

I loved the no-nonsense honesty of this book. Porcellino doesn't have a lot of regard for his doctors, who misdiagnose him and don't show him much compassion. He furthers his studies with Buddhism and finds comfort in koans. Especially stark for me were panels depicting experiences of pain and mental illness, successfully using simple line drawings to show tension and pain.

What I continually admire from graphic memoirists is their ability to be so forthright about their experiences. Body, mind, soul, relationships are laid out on the page for all to see. I wonder if the simple cartoon format works as a distancing mechanism for the author.

Highly recommended.

Date: 2014-11-06 02:32 pm (UTC)
were_duck: two ships on the ocean, clear blue sky (Age of Sail ships)
From: [personal profile] were_duck
I am really excited that he is reading at my store this week :D He seems really cool. Thanks for the review, I should pick this one up when I am feeling up to it.

Profile

sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
sasha_feather

June 2017

S M T W T F S
    12 3
4567 8910
11 1213 14151617
18192021 222324
25 2627282930 

Most Popular Tags

Page Summary

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jun. 28th, 2017 05:27 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios