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Adam Taylor lives what seems to him an ordinary life in an ordinary world, where the sun just happens to rise in the west and set in the east, and people begin their lives when they're taken from their graves and end them when they're united with their mothers. But unlike everyone else, Adam has trouble accepting this process. He doesn't seem to have a mother and hence canAdam Taylor lives what seems to him an ordinary life in an ordinary world, where the sun just happens to rise in the west and set in the east, and people begin their lives when they're taken from their graves and end them when they're united with their mothers. But unlike everyone else, Adam has trouble accepting this process. He doesn't seem to have a mother and hence cannot return to her body in the accepted way.Tim Eldred's illustrations bring to life this masterful tale of a future world which chronicles Adam's search for his mother. The journey takes him to Alta, a seer who describes to her incredulous listeners an earlier world where people grew older rather than younger; to Egypt, where he's greeted as a god; and to increasingly distant places that the author reveals with haunting power....

Title : The Man Who Grew Young
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ISBN : 9781893956193
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 209 Pages
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The Man Who Grew Young Reviews

  • Jim Thompson
    2018-12-09 05:07

    This is Daniel Quinn putting out his basic message in a graphic novel. There's a new telling of his "fall" story (which he handles perfectly in "Ishmael" and touches on in "The Story of B"), which I enjoyed. It's a nice effort. It's not his best stuff, but it's neat that he tried to get out there in another format, so he gets an extra star for that.

  • Scott Mills
    2018-11-21 06:01

    What happens when the universe ends? Well, in The Man Who Grew Young by Daniel Quinn and Tim Eldred, the universe starts winding up like a giant yo-yo and everything that has ever lived and died lives again, but in reverse order. Basically, the history of the world begins at the end and moves towards what we know as the beginning. This is the basic concept of the graphic novel, but not nearly where it stops. Like in all Quinn books, the author dissects our culture and society like a surgeon with a scalpel, peeling back the layers of skin to reveal the veins and bones inside. I was somewhat nervous when I first decided to read this graphic novel. For one thing, Quinn has written some of the best novels I’ve ever read, but sequential art is a different beast and not all prose writers are able to make the successful leap from writing to paint a picture to writing about a painted picture. Second, I wasn’t sure if he could come up with an interesting enough plot for a book that relies on visuals. Afterall, Quinn’s first novel Ishmael was on the surface a series of conversions between a man and an ape. Third, I had never heard of Tim Eldred, the man who did the art for the book. All of these worries plagued me as I sat down to read The Man Who Grew Young. But Quinn quickly put my worries to rest with his opening scene, which introduced the protagonist, Adam Taylor, who, along with his son and a bunch of other people, are gathered in a cemetery. We normally associate cemeteries with death, sadness and mourning, but Quinn does an excellent job of reversing this experience. The use of superb dialogue helps reveal the jubilant mood of the scene. “At the party somebody said we were “waking” my mom, is she awake already?” a young boy says to his grandmother. This is a beautiful use of language, because it puts such a unique twist on the concept of death: the dead can be woken. With insightful, internal dialogue we are sucked into the story like lint into a vacuum. We soon learn that Adam Taylor is someone special as he travels back through the years without rejoining with his mother. We see him move back from the Manhattan project, through the discovery of America, back to the first native people of Africa. Tim Eldred, who we learn in the introduction is from the PBS animated television show Dragon Tales, provides the art for the graphic novel. His art is functional and doesn’t hurt the story, which perhaps is highly suited to the subject matter in this graphic novel, because it makes the primary focus the story and allows it to shine through. I would have preferred more panels in some instances, because the panel to panel flow was really jumpy and he was asking the reader on some occasions to do too much work in between panels. Other than that, however, Eldred did a nice job and his full-page spreads were spectacular. The Man who Grew Young is an imaginative, creative and poignant graphic novel that elevates sequential art to an all-time high and raises the bar for every other writer in the field. Quinn’s original concept is so simple it’s genius; it has you wondering, why didn’t I think of that? Most importantly, he doesn’t abandon the concept prematurely, but explores it thoroughly until the reader is exhilarated and left with the need to once again pass on Quinn’s inspirational message to others. Quinn is one of the most brilliant contemporary writers, and The Man Who Grew Young is a wondrous achievement that should win him great acclaim in the comic industry.

  • Conan Tigard
    2018-12-04 23:31

    This is an interesting story that is well told and drawn. Daniel Quinn has taken on the impossible task of having a man live backwards through time, which I think is a hard concept to grasp. Tim Eldred has done a wonderful job of bringing Mr. Quinn's words to life with the bold strokes of a pencil. The coloring is excellent. I did enjoy the story and didn't have any idea how it would end. Not being a religious man myself, I was intrigued by the story of Adam as he ate the fruit from the tree of the Gods and became heady with the power he now had. All people can be corrupted with absolute power, and Adam proves this to be true. A balance must be found, and he finally finds that with both of his sons. The final message . . .well, I cannot reveal that. But suffice it to say, it confused me at first. I had to read the ending three or four times before I got it. And I liked it. You may too. I rated this book a 7 out of 10.

  • Andrea Mullarkey
    2018-12-12 07:04

    This is something of a conceptual graphic novel told in three parts. The first part was a beautifully rendered thought experiment. In this part, a man travels backward through time as the world moves from our future toward the Big Crunch. This part of the book was fascinating to me and I would have liked for that concept to be more fully explored and fleshed out. Unfortunately the book went through a second head-scratching section into a third part which was an odd sort of morality play. In that last section, we get a sort of eco-Genesis story with a punchline about how we are all children of Mother Earth. It was heavy-handed and a little bit odd. It would have felt very out of place if the second part had not already put my brain into a "huh" space. Bottom line, this was a disconnected book that was overly ambitious. The author actually warns the reader about the ambitions of the book in the introduction. I should have been prepared but somehow I was still disappointed.

  • Othy
    2018-12-04 06:31

    An interesting premise, but in the end I've heard the argument before and disagree with it. For a completely closed-system, naturalist point of view, I can think of few as respectable and respecting as Quinn's, but in the end it's not enough. The "mother" in the end (in other words, the end of his quest) is wholly unsatisfactory and, in my opinion, such a viewpoint explains nothing about human need, yearning and quest, let alone other experiences we humans face through our lives.

  • Firda Beka
    2018-11-16 04:13

    The backward storyline got me disoriented for a bit when I had to take a break. Part of the story kind of tied in with Werner Herzog's latest documentary, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" that I saw a couple of weeks before reading this. Of course it was a different take than what the scientists are saying about the cave drawings. I liked this graphic novel but the ending really could've been better.

  • Rebekah Hopkinson
    2018-12-01 23:04

    Best graphic novel

  • Stephanie Mccaslin
    2018-11-14 06:18

    just purchased and read my own copy. brilliant.

  • Melanie Johnson
    2018-12-12 01:12

    Very very good and interesting book! This book would be for jr high students.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-02 07:12

    kind of a children's book, with slightly cheesy art, but it's still Daniel Quinn.

  • Jim
    2018-11-20 02:24

    i saw the ending of this book early on, still a nice hour's read

  • Terrie
    2018-11-13 02:09

    I was able to purchase one of the first printing of this with Quinn's signature. I love his work.

  • carmie
    2018-12-09 00:24

    I like the concept, though it's not a new one (Benjamin Button, anyone?). Of all the creation myths, though, did he have to go with the Judeo-Christian one? So cheesy and predictable.

  • Elizabeth Rival
    2018-12-03 02:17

    L.Reese

  • Timothy Delaney
    2018-12-07 00:23

    I bought the signed copy.Hard cover comic book.

  • Lacey
    2018-11-25 03:29

    loved this concept! but the ending kinda threw me off... I wish it would have gone in a different direction.

  • Megan
    2018-11-24 05:31

    The story is definitely interesting, but it's the illustrations that really make this book fantastic. Go, Tim!!!

  • Lynn Miller
    2018-11-25 05:30

    Disoriented to start with, it is a little unnerving to read a book "going backwards in life." Once that image is over it is another fine work by Quinn. Well worth the short read.

  • Chris
    2018-12-02 04:27

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13562078

  • Amy!
    2018-12-01 02:20

    I really like the concept of this and the execution. I kind of wish the ending had gone a different route.