Goliath

Goliath

Book - 2017 | First paperback edition: September 2017.
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"Since the 2011 release of Goliath, Tom Gauld has solidified himself as one of the world's most revered and critically-acclaimed cartoonists working today. From his weekly strips in the Guardian and New Scientist, to his lauded graphic novels You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack and Mooncop, Gauld's fascination with the intersection between history, literary criticism, and pop culture has become the crux of his work. Now in paperback, with a new cover and smaller size, Goliath is a retelling of the classic myth, this time from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah. Goliath of Gath isn't much of a fighter. He would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: 'Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight.' Quiet moments in Goliath's life as an isolated soldier are accentuated by Gauld's trademark drawing style: minimalist scenery, geometric humans, and densely crosshatched detail. Simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, Goliath displays a sensitive wit and a bold line--a traditional narrative reworked, remade, and revolutionized into a classic tale of Gauld's very own."--
Publisher: [Montreal] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
Edition: First paperback edition: September 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781770462991
1770462996
Branch Call Number: 222.4309505 GAULD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

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Vilka May 08, 2018

Simple, understated art briefly yet effectively explores the character of the Biblical giant Goliath as a pawn in a political/military propaganda spin game, giving the familiar story a sad, sympathetic, and thought-provoking personal angle.

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JessicaGma Mar 22, 2018

Completely brilliant, as I expect from Tom Gauld, and such an elegant reworking of a well known tale. It makes you rethink all those Renaissance paintings and statues depicting David and Goliath. An excellent read.


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Vilka May 08, 2018

Simple, understated art briefly yet effectively explores the character of the Biblical giant Goliath as a pawn in a political/military propaganda spin game, giving the familiar story a sad, sympathetic, and thought-provoking personal angle.

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mclarjh
Apr 23, 2018

The drawings are great, but the adapted story falls flat.

JessicaGma Mar 22, 2018

Completely brilliant, as I expect from Tom Gauld, and such an elegant reworking of a well known tale. It makes you rethink all those Renaissance paintings and statues depicting David and Goliath. An excellent read.

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manishma
Nov 29, 2017

This take on a classical tale lifted me beyond a convenient fictional original - from "Goliath was blood thirsty warrior" to "Goliath was a naive outsider who was manipulated by ambitious power seekers" . The moral is - never settle for just a single point of view. You'll never read biblical stories the same way again.

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CraigGraziano
Apr 24, 2014

The tale has traveled far and wide over the millennia. A sinister, gigantic force of evil is vanquished by a young shepherd with a sling and a small stone. The shepherd grows up to be King David, but we know so little about the nine-foot-tall soldier who was slain. What if his real passion was not killing and maiming but filing clerical paperwork?

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abra92
Oct 31, 2013

This comic is just great. It will make you rethink the whole story of Goliath and David.

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