Gentleman Jim by Raymond BriggsGentleman Jim by Raymond Briggs

Gentleman Jim

byRaymond BriggsIntroduction bySeth

Hardcover | June 3, 2008

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A graphic novel classic from one of the world's best-known cartoonists, Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, an imaginative toilet cleaner. Dissatisfied with his station in life, Jim devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it. His walls are lined with books like Out in the Silver West, The Boys Book of Pirates and Executive Opportunities, which provide fodder for his ruminations on career change. Encouraged by his wife, also eager for more adventure in her life, Jim sets out to bring these dreams to fruition by accumulating accoutrements, only to discover that the life of an executive, an artist or a cowboy is more complicated and costly than it appears.Jim's childlike understanding of the world that surrounds him is enhanced by Raymond Briggs' subtle and inventive illustrations. Fantasies are portrayed as organic clouds, and myopic Jim is drawn smaller and softer than the policemen and bureaucrats interested in impeding his search for adventure. As he infringes more seriously on the law, the city workers and their speech boxes become increasingly angular, much like the rigid rules restricting his quest. With this playful style, Briggs transforms common feelings of inadequacy into an endearing experience that speaks across generations.This is a new edition of the classic novel originally published in 1980.Ages 14 and up
International bestselling cartoonist/illustrator RAYMOND BRIGGS (b. 1934) has been writing and drawing children's books and graphic novels for over 40 years, including his best-loved books Father Christmas and The Snowman. An early pioneer of literary graphic novels with his brilliant satire on nuclear war, When The Wind Blows (1982),...
Title:Gentleman JimFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 8.92 × 6.58 × 0.36 inPublished:June 3, 2008Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897299362

ISBN - 13:9781897299364

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sad, simple gentleman "Gentleman Jim" has a surprisingly darker content to what the illustrations may allude to. Jim Bloggs is a simple man who dreams of leaving his day job as a toilet attendant to be someone more important and to do something more interesting, even though he has no clue of how to go about doing it. When he does take action, hilarity ensues. Or, well, hilarious is hardly a word I would describe the plot as although it does have an underlying comic ingenuity, the trials that Mr. Bloggs goes through is not all that fun. The narrative started off tedious and our gentleman protagonist's silliness bordered on annoyance, but it soon takes a turn and one can't help feeling maddeningly sympathetic towards him. The drawings of Raymond Briggs, the overlooked pioneer of comics novels, are wonderful, and while they look kiddish, they have a maturity to the crisp and clean lines and colourings. Coupled with the unexpected story, "Gentleman Jim" deserve more attention.
Date published: 2012-11-26