Monday, September 29, 2008

Glacial Period by Nicolas De Crecy

rating: 3/5
genre: graphic novel

I had such high hopes for this graphic novel. The premise was fascinating to me: the time is earth in the distant future and humans have survived another ice age. A group of explorers come upon the Louvre, buried in snow. These archeologists use the Louvre itself and the artifacts (paintings, statues etc) they find there to try to make sense of us as a civilization. And, to be honest, the parts of the book where the archeologists were making assumptions about what we're like as a people based on our art WAS very interesting to me. Based on the number of unclothed bodies alone in the Louvre, you could get some crazy ideas about us. The concept of future generations needing to somehow "figure us out" is a interesting one - especially since so much of what we do and believe is now in these little electrical machines.

Beyond that very thought-provoking premise, the book fell a bit flat for me. The dialogue felt trite and the interactions between characters felt forced and fake. The reproductions of real artwork throughout the book gave some depth to the plot (plus, I just like looking at art). In the end, though, I read it for the premise, which despite the parts that disappointed me, still gave me a lot to think about. If you are an art lover, especially, you may want to check this one out.


Fyrefly said...

Ooh, that *is* an interesting concept! Any time I hear about an archeological dig, I have to wonder what future generations will be able to tell about us from our garbage... interesting to think about it from an artistic perspective!

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

hey!! I LOVE the new look on both of your blogs!! Way cool :) AWESOME!!

Oh, and if you don't want it, just so you know, not that I am pressuring you at all...but you do have word verification on. You don't see it when you are logged in, but if you aren't and you try to comment you should see it. Just so you know....

and in case you do want to join the Kill word verification movement! hahah!!!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Ok, so Bethany just mentioned the new look so I don't feel like it's been forever since I've been here anymore ;)

I agree with the other girls that this sounds fascinating and it's too bad if fell so flat! How you described this book is how I expected graphic novels to be in general-but I found Persepolis to far from that. It would be cool to see what they do with the art, though! We spent hours in the Lourve when we went to Paris several years ago.

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