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Duncan the Wonder Dog, Show One, Adam Hine

2011/07/28

Wow. Just, wow.

This graphic novel, supposedly first in a series of nine, is gorgeous, tragic, painful, and full of intertwined threads, lives of people and animals in an alternate reality where they can communicate with one another. One of the most poignant stories that runs through the novel is that of Bundle, a beagle who lives with an absently neglectful family. Glimpses into the lives of a circus monkey, a downed cow, and others hint at future stories. Interspersed throughout are beautifully written and illustrated philosophical musings and wanderings.

This is not a novel for someone who likes black-and-white, good-and-bad delineations. Nor is it for those who require a neat conclusion with all the threads tied together. Instead, it is for those who can admire the questions. I definitely recommend it for fans of graphic novels, of those who have a particular affinity for “Animal Farm” and such stories.

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