Goliath by Tom Gauld


*Note the odd date: Since we have low attendence at the end of November (Thanksgiving) and the end of December (Christmas and New Years) we're scheduling one meeting for both November and December, hopefully after the business of Thanksgiving and before the business of Christmas and New Years.


Description

Goliath of Gath isn’t much of a fighter. Given half a choice, 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. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants.” Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings.

This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath’s side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath’s life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld’s drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath’s battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures.

Goliath displays a sensitive wit, a bold line, and a traditional narrative reworked, remade, and revolutionized.

Reviews:

"Gauld’s stylistic toolkit—clean lines, simple shapes, and crosshatching so thick it’s nearly fabric—makes it all a pleasure to behold. He mines comedic gold from deadpan reaction shots so well timed you could set a watch by them and, weirder still, some tragic oomph for the hapless sucker."–Booklist

"Satan, as we know, has had all the best tunes and much of the best literature since Milton's Paradise Lost (1666). [Goliath is] a graphic novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Tom Gauld, the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah."–The Independent


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  • Jennifer

    Just so everyone knows, Katherine and I are bringing loads of reading suggestions. And I'll also bring some questions.

    December 9, 2013

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