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Admitted to a home for the elderly because he suffers from Alzheimer's disease, for Ernest community life feels like an ordeal. But soon he accepts his new environment and decides to fight to escape from giving in to his awful destiny. For the author, the human community is like a library where books are piled up in mountains populated by yellowing paper of dreams and fantAdmitted to a home for the elderly because he suffers from Alzheimer's disease, for Ernest community life feels like an ordeal. But soon he accepts his new environment and decides to fight to escape from giving in to his awful destiny. For the author, the human community is like a library where books are piled up in mountains populated by yellowing paper of dreams and fantasies....

Title : Wrinkles
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ISBN : 9780861662371
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Number of Pages : 104 Pages
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Wrinkles Reviews

  • Ilse
    2019-02-05 17:20

    Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.Jonathan SwiftOld age should burn and rave at close of day, a poet told us, and as long as one isn’t in that stage of life yet, one could tend to agree vigorously with him. Assuming that living a life in human dignity requires a certain degree of freedom, autonomy and individuality, people sometimes postulate that if they would find themselves debilitating and in a situation deprived of the essentialities of what makes us human and which define a certain quality of life, they would prefer having their lives shortened. In that respect, ending up one’s life in a care home easily turns into a doom vision, seeing these institutions as a necessary evil, something not for us but for others, as a perspective one barely dares to give a thought out of fear ever to find relatives or ourselves there, envisaging them as grim waiting-rooms to die. Ernest, a former bank manager, abruptly finds himself living in a care home when his children feel no longer up to taking care of him when his mind gets more and more confused. Observing sceptically the other residents in their growing frailty, he gradually gets accustomed to communal life and to the tedious pattern of sleeping, bingo-playing and chair gymnastics, befriending some of the residents by sharing the dinner table. Roca, inspired by visiting retirement homes and the stories of their residents, delicately evokes the progressive fading of Ernest’s mind into the haze of forgetfulness. Ernest eventually is told that he suffers from Alzheimer. Haunted by fear of having to move to the frightening ward at the first floor, the place where the ones who have lost their mind already, reside, Ernest tries to hold off what is inevitable with the help of his room-mate Emile. Together they try to keep Ernest out of the final stage, hoping to counteract his deteriorating condition by mental exercises like reading Márquez and tricking the staff about the increasing disabilities of Ernest, not giving in to despair. Paco Roca’s graphic novel serenely deals with the theme of aging and the wilting of the mind. Without shying away from the unsettling realities of life in such an institution, he conveys how life with dementia and memory loss, and the confrontation with the loss of individuality and autonomy really is, however also illustrating how much life there still is in those lives and how simple pleasures and mostly friendship can still enhance and colour life, even if in that stage of life we are denied much of what we were and were able to. Wrinkles really gets under the skin when Roca poetically visualises some of the memories still lingering in the foggy minds of the residents, picturing them when they were still young and full of dreams, portraying their finest moments, like the lady forever travelling in the train to Istanbul, or the man who doesn’t recognise his wife anymore but still dreams about how they met when they were still children – illustrating that, in their hearts and minds, they stay who they are, and that aging doesn’t detract from the intensity of life experiences and how we never stop being moved by love and beauty. As the lively colours and some of the dreamy sequences give the story a touch of magic, I recommended this to my 11-year-old daughter to make her acquainted with more serious comics and to raise her awareness on life in a care home. Although she thought the subject rather depressing at first sight, she read this in one sitting, stirred by the story and some of the characters.A subtle and deeply touching tale on the last phase of life, with much respect for both the residents and the caregivers, on a significant theme of which the social relevance is only increasing with a growing older population.

  • Orsodimondo
    2019-02-04 22:22

    LA BANDA DEGLI INVISIBILI Non è facile trovare una graphic novel che racconti la terza età, che si dedichi agli anziani.Qui, di questa fase della vita si è scelto un aspetto che trovo sconvolgente, la malattia chiamata Alzheimer, la perdita di memoria, di contatto con la realtà, lo smarrimento del sé.Paco Roca ha studiato, si è documentato, si percepisce, e si vede. Non prende scorciatoie, racconta tutto, senza compiacimento, senza cercare la lacrima facile. Che proprio non serve perché tanto la commozione arriva ugualmente, la storia è toccante, impossibile restare distanti.Ma Roca non dimentica di farci sorridere qui e là, sa trovare leggerezza senza perdere in profondità.Mi ha colpito in modo particolare il progredire della malattia che non risparmia i momenti di lucidità nei quali Emilio è cosciente del suo deterioramento senza scampo, rimane indifeso di fronte al suo scivolare sempre più lontano da sé. Non ci sono didascalie, solo dialogo, mai esagerato. Infatti, non mancano silenzi, pause, sospensioni.Il disegno degli ambienti e degli sfondi è minimale, mi è apparso limitato, più volte ho avuto la sensazione di essere davanti al trova l’errore di una settimana enigmistica.Le figure e i volti funzionano meglio, i colori sono una manna, ma l’attenzione di Roca è soprattutto per la storia.Il titolo che ho scelto per il mio commento è un omaggio a un altro bel libro sulla terza età (che forse nel frattempo, con il consistente allungamento della vita che abbiamo raggiunto, si dovrebbe definire quarta età), scritto da Fabio Bartolomei.”Away From Her - Lontano da lei” è un film tratto dal racconto ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain‘ della scrittrice canadese Alice Munro che affronta l’Alzheimer. È del 2006, diretto dall’attrice regista canadese Sarah Polley, e interpretato come sempre magistralmente da Julie Christie, e da Gordon Pinsent.

  • erigibbi
    2019-02-23 21:18

    Dal mio blog www.erigibbi.itRughe – Paco Roca: un graphic novel toccante, commovente ma anche umoristico che parla di anzianità e AlzheimerIl protagonista di questo graphic novel è Emilio, un anziano direttore di banca affetto dal morbo di Alzheimer e che verrà ricoverato dalla sua famiglia in una residenza per la terza età. Qui Emilio verrà a conoscenza della sua malattia e cercherà di contrastarla: vuole mantenere la sua memoria e la sua indipendenza e vuole evitare a tutti i costi l’ultimo piano della residenza, quello del non ritorno.Ho voluto intraprendere questa lettura principalmente per motivi personali ma anche per un mio interesse nei confronti di questo disturbo degenerativo.La perdita progressiva della memoria, dai ricordi alle parole, dal come mangiare al come vestirsi, la perdita progressiva del contatto con la realtà, il disagio dei familiari e dei pazienti nei confronti della malattia stessa sono descritti meravigliosamente. Per questo motivo mi viene da pensare che o Paco Roca ha vissuto questa malattia che può aver colpito i suoi genitori o ha intrapreso un lavoro di studio e approfondimento molto curato.Rughe è un graphic novel molto triste e molto commovente ma in qualche modo anche umoristico e divertente. I vecchietti ospiti della residenza con cui Emilio stringe amicizia sono dolci e adorabili; è impossibile non sorridere in certe occasioni. Se l’argomento non fosse così tragico ci sarebbero anche degli aneddoti divertenti ma è difficile ridere sapendo qual è la storia che stiamo leggendo.Ho apprezzato anche alcuni flashback inerenti la vita passata di altri anziani della residenza che, ad esempio, mostrano al lettore cosa sta pensando quel vecchietto che in quel momento sembra in uno stato catatonico. Molto molto dolce e commovente.Trovo che lo stile di disegno sia semplice, le tavole non sono ricchissime di dettagli ma trovo il tutto perfettamente bilanciato e giusto per la storia che si sta narrando. Nella vecchiaia, che si sia malati di Alzheimer o meno, si ha bisogno di essere circondati dalla semplicità e spesso anche dalla routine quindi mi sembra giusto che in questo graphic novel venga in qualche modo rispettato il bisogno dell’anziano.Questo graphic novel mi ha ricordato in tutto e per tutto la situazione che stiamo passando io e la mia famiglia: mi ha ricordato quanto è facile perdere la pazienza e quanto sia difficile per l’anziano assistere fino ad un certo punto in modo cosciente alla propria degenerazione.Arrivare a non ricordare il nome degli oggetti che si utilizzano tutti i giorni fin da quando è stata acquisita la capacità di parlare, non ricordare come ci si deve vestire, non ricordare più il viso dei tuoi figli è devastante.Consiglio Rughe a chiunque; non solo a chi ha un nonno o un genitore affetto dal morbo di Alzheimer ma anche a chi ha semplicemente a che fare con la vecchiaia e l’anzianità. Ora siamo giovani e spesso poco pazienti, ma un giorno ci saremo noi dall’altra parte del campo e saranno i nostri figli e i nostri nipoti ad essere poco pazienti.Leggete Rughe, potrete imparare molto.

  • Seth T.
    2019-01-24 16:07

    [Boing!]There are books and movies that I hate but recommend to everybody. They are good books and movies—and often times are even great books and movies. I recommend them because they are good or great. I am able to recognize their nearness to whatever we might be tempted to describe as objective quality. They are well-composed and well-accomplished. Their artistry is evident and clear. And more than that, they speak to some integral aspect of the human condition. They, through craft and talent and effort and grace, say something to the alert reader—and often, something valuable to the proposal of How should we then live?I recommend these books and movies often and without hesitation. Because it is right to do so. And yet these books and movies I’m talking about: I hate them. Because ignorance is blissful. Because I have a heart. Because I am empathetic. Because I am tuned in to our existence and its fragilities. Because I am not immune to horror or terror. Because the metaphorical nights are long and they threaten always the metaphorical days. Because I too, like many of you, can be undone by simple stories told well.One of the great glories of the comics medium (and one that is continually being probed and explored) is its ability to propose a visual-narrative reflection of psychological phenomena. Dreams, visions, thoughts, emotives. This has been especially useful in comics’ navigation of mental disorders.[1] Comics offer all the toolbox of a relentless CGI but married to a character-driven Dogme 95 production. Comics can do anything and that paves the way to a complex psychological narrative—one that unveils effortlessly to the reader.Meaning that: authors can vividly convey states of being and mind that would be otherwise difficult or costly in other media. And Paco Roca uses this gift of the medium to wring out the experiential nature of the elderly in a home for those gradually giving in to the disenfranchisement of the mind—suffering through troubles as benign as simple senility or as aggressive as Alzheimer’s. He does a fantastic job conveying lives surrendered to permanent convalescence. He does such a good job, in fact, that I hate Wrinkles. I hate it because it is so good and you should definitely read it.When I was younger, say twenty-one or so, my brother read me an account of an unpopular man in the 1600s who had been driven from a town while being pelted with stones. As a result of the injuries to the man’s head, his personality, character, and beliefs changed. He was unmade and remade because of a bad afternoon. Years later, he reverted again to his former self, but for me the damage was well accomplished. Before I had kids,[2] my only real fear in life was losing who I was to some catastrophe like brain injury—or to one of the many handfuls of maladies that assault those of old age. Cognition, the particular way that I perceive the world, who I am: those are the essentialities to my existence. After all, if I am not me then who on earth am I?In Wrinkles, Paco Roca underlines, circles, highlights, and writes in the margins of my fear. His protagonist, Ernest, is an older gentleman (a former bank branch manager) who suffers from Alzheimer’s (though he rarely seems cognizant of his own suffering). The text begins with his admission to an assisted care facility equipped to interact with tenants of varying degrees of dementia. Ernest’s case, when compared with some of the other guests, seems almost benign. Ernest will live out the remainder of his days here, a life mediated through the fog of medications.Roca uses the toolset of comics to seamlessly transport guests of the home into the world as they are experiencing it. In one moment a man is seventy-two and standing alone in a foyer, and in the next he is six and is stood up awkwardly before a room of his new classmates. A woman is pictured, seated by the window in her wheel chair, old and haggard; in the prior panel she is a young woman of beauty and elegance, riding the window seat of the Orient Express. Another resident sees members of the Legion everywhere. Another is transported again and again to the moment when he secured the heart of the love of his life.[This is excerpted from one of the the happiest, most sublime, most tragic moments in the book. It made my heart soar and drown simultaneously.]The drama of daily living with a fading mind is told with humour and verve and a lightness of being. And I found myself growing more and more anxious. These amusing anecdotes and funny bits and pieces of lives gone askew were toying with my deepest and tremblingest insecurities. On the surface I was enjoying Roca’s book and the story of Ernest’s progressive psychological collapse. It’s bright and colourful and lovely and well-illustrated and well-paced.[3] But in the midst of my enjoyment, the terror of existence roiled and rumbled. By the end, I was panicked and undone. Roca had done so good a job of exploring the gradual dissolution of selves that I was entirely exposed, my oldest fear made raw and calamitous—all within one hundred pages in which nothing incredibly terrible happens save for that a handful of people gradually forget themselves. And that’s the magic of story._______[Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad.]_______Footnotes1) EXAMPLES:Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown:David B’s Epileptic:Joe Kelly’s I Kill Giants:2) Now that I have children whom I cherish, there are any number of terrors that stalk the corners of my waking existence. Death, cancer, bullies, leukemia, pedophiles, them growing up to not like me.3) Though in what may approach a caveat, I will warn that this story about elderly residents in a home, like all stories about elderly residents in a home, includes the obligatory escape-from-the-home-and-joyride-awhile trope. It was the only moment for me that skirted being a false note. But really, if you’re in a home waiting to die, I’d guess that this sort of thing probably actually happens not infrequently so I gave it a pass.

  • Roberto
    2019-02-07 21:14

    Quando la nostra memoria lentamente si cancellaTolgo il libro dal cellophane, lo apro lentamente, con le pagine che scricchiolano perché è la prima volta che lo sfoglio. Non so assolutamente di cosa tratti, mi sono fidato solo di buone recensioni, la sorpresa mi piace sempre molto.Guardo le prime immagini e... vengo risucchiato nella storia del libro.Emilio è un uomo anziano; ogni tanto dimentica qualcosa, a volte si infuria per questo, a volte si alza in piena notte per "andare a lavorare", scordandosi di essere in pensione. Non può più essere lasciato solo e il figlio, impegnato con il lavoro, non può fare altro che ricoverarlo in una casa di riposo.In quel luogo, insieme a Emilio, Roca fa entrare di soppiatto anche noi; il disagio e la tristezza del primo impatto, il tempo statico, i dolori, gli acciacchi, i ritmi scanditi solo dal cibo e dal sonno, la TV accesa che nessuno guarda, l'attesa della visita di figli e parenti che non arrivano, un vicino che non sente, uno che non vede, uno che non ricorda, uno che muore.È crudele la vecchiaia per chi la vede con la mente lucida. Ma può essere ancora più crudele quando, senza che si possa far nulla, inizia il male dell’Alzheimer, con il degenerare progressivo delle facoltà mentali.Disegni essenziali, colori tenui, vignette mute. E, a volte, cambi di prospettiva con immagini del passato, a ricordarci che quelle persone che vediamo anziane ora, sono le stesse che un tempo erano bambine.Rughe è un libro bellissimo per me, anche se va letto sapendo che ci lascerà spossati, tristi, amareggiati, delusi, consapevoli del futuro che attende quasi tutti. Ci attende perché diventeremo anziani o perché potremmo dover accudire persone anziane, magari malate di Alzheimer, come nel caso del libro.Ma in questa tristezza c'è un fiore, una speranza, un lato positivo. Una amicizia che sboccia proprio lì, nella casa di riposo, con Miguel. Che si prenderà cura di Emilio, cercando di posticipargli al massimo la salita al "piano di sopra", quello dei non autosufficienti, la fine.Dice Roca: "La vecchiaia è un tema secondario nel cinema, nella letteratura, nella pubblicità, nei fumetti. Nessuno ne vuole parlare, la società isola gli anziani come se li volesse cancellare. Tocca a noi, di un'altra generazione, rendere la loro vita più piacevole".Un libro di livello superiore, toccante, delicato, tenero, malinconico, umano. Un capolavoro, sì. Avevo deciso di limitare a 4 stelle la valutazione delle graphic novels. Ma in questo caso faccio una eccezione.

  • Tom Tabasco
    2019-02-13 20:12

    Beautifully drawn, finely balanced between humor and drama, this graphic novel about a group of spanish folks struggling with senility is a pearl.

  • Phèdre Banshee
    2019-02-12 21:32

    «Dolores, che dici a Modesto per farlo sorridere?»«Oh, niente, gli dico: imbroglione»«Imbroglione?»

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-02-16 21:08

    I read this because I first read Seth T's actual professional-level review that can be found on his amazing website Good Ok Bad: Home of the 3-Star Review. If you like comics, I would check it out, definitely.This is my first experience with Roca's work, for which he did research by hanging out at retirement homes. The main character is Ernest, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and is not a big community person. Along the way he becomes more of one, making a friend or two along the way. There is a sort of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest escape-the-home story in it that is a little less funny than Kesey's, though intends to make the same basic point.Not many comics focus on old age. Comics are for the young, largely. And ones about Alzheimer's, which in an aging population looks something like an epidemic? Rare, of course. This one looks for some temporary hope in friendship and resistance to the tide of despair. This one is predictable in many ways, but also features highly accomplished artwork and often sweet storylines and characters, but it's not really finally romanticized. he shows us what he found in his work, visiting retirement homes, and it's not all fun and games, as you might imagine. Still, I liked it quite a bit. Maybe 3.8, rounded up! :)

  • Sara
    2019-01-26 17:04

    You'd think that a book chronicling an old man's abandonment by his son at an old age home and subsequent decent into dementia would be the single most depressing thing you read all year.Instead Paco Roca, the straight up brilliant author and illustrator for this astoundingly beautiful graphic novel turns a forgotten man grappling with a horrifying disease into something very like a fairy tale. Emilio, a former bank manager, is taken to an old age home by his bitter son when his rapidly worsening dementia becomes too much for him to deal with. On his first day he meets his new roommate Miguel, a sort of geriatric Artful Dodger, who shows him the ropes. Unaware of his diagnosis Emilio is nonplussed by his new surroundings where the residents spend most of their time sleeping until their next meal.Miguel on the other hand is determined not to give in to old age without a fight. He gleefully fleeces the less cogent residents of the home out of their meager savings and warns Emilio to stay away from the second floor of the home that houses the residents who can no longer take care of them selves. He scoffs at the gentle and loving Georgette who gave up her own life to follow her husband Marcel, another Alzheimer's patient, and care for him. He has no family of his own and he assures Emilio he's never needed anyone but himself.But as Emilio slips further and further into forgetful darkness Miguel becomes almost desperate to keep his new found friend from being moved to the second floor and devises a daring and dangerous plan to help Emilio hang on to life.This is a beautiful, beautiful story that handles one of the most heartbreaking and terrible diseases in existence with a graceful and very loving hand. While its true we do see the darkness that comes with this illness, the tantrums, the violence and the damage done to loved ones Roca also weaves a sort of magic through the narrative through the eyes of those who are lost in their foggy memories. In one lovely scene Miguel introduces Emilio to Mrs. Rose who believes she is on the Orient Express bound for Istanbul. The next panel reveals a beautiful young woman with a fur muff staring out the window of a moving train. When they leave her room she is once again an old, confused patient staring out into darkness. This is a story where subtlety counts. Because this is a disease that robs its victims of literally everything that defines them Roca recognizes and emphasizes the incredible importance of even the smallest glimpses of a rapidly disappearing past. A tiny rise in the corners of the mouth or a subtle furrowing of the brow conveys volumes about a character.When asked how she's coaching a smile out of the otherwise blank faced Marcel Georgette reveals that all she is doing is repeating the word "cheater." Then the reader, Georgette, and Marcel drift together into the one shared memory the couple has left, the day Marcel brought Georgette to the highest tower he could find because Georgette would only go out with him if he brought her a cloud. As the low hanging clouds drift over the young boy and girl she smiles and calls him a "cheater." There is a deeply moving melancholy in the almost imperceptible smile the old couple share every time she says it. This book is by turns touching, heart breaking, and really funny. Roca's use of warm reds, browns, and oranges soften some of the darker scenes and his melancholy flashbacks to the days when the residents were whole and happy are uplifting rather than depressing. Miguel's antics, which could be taken as downright mean spirited, instead make him rather endearing and his gradual, deep affection for Emilio that will ultimately lead him to a startling decision feels very real and right. There's a real sense of whimsy and delight throughout that I simply was not expecting.I truly loved this book. Its a reminder that even in the grips of such a devastating illness the people it affects are still people. Roca is reminding us of the value and surprising beauty in every stage of life. Even at the end when it seems as though the world has forgotten us there is still the possibility of connection, of love and friendship.

  • Derek Royal
    2019-02-22 17:17

    Wow, what a powerful and moving book. I've got a father in a long-term care facility, and this story particularly hit home.

  • Isaura Pereira
    2019-02-11 22:22

    O blogue deu-me a conhecer novos autores, novos géneros de leitura. E este foi um deles. Até então desconhecia as graphic novels e, confesso, que até fui um pouco conservadora nesse aspecto. Mas arrisquei. Estou cada vez mais a gostar de ler Gaphic Novels. Já li algumas e têm sido leituras muito agradáveis.Já tinha visto este livro pelo Goodreads e fiquei curiosa pela temática abordada: o envelhecimento. Até que o descobri na biblioteca da minha zona e veio comigo. Tinha mesmo que o ler. Já me tinham recomendado várias vezes este livro e soube logo que acertei nesta escolha. E acertei mesmo. É um livro fantástico, com uma história maravilhosa. É certo que ainda só li 4 graphic novels, mas este é de longe o melhor que já li. Aborda o envelhecimento, a solidão, e amizade e o amor no seu estado mais puro.Emílio tem a doença de Alzheimer e é internado num lar de terceira idade. Contudo, Emílio não se revê muito naquilo que encontra. Idosos envoltos em solidão e acções mecânicas (comer, dormir), ambiente sombrio. Contudo, Emílio conhece algumas pessoas que o ajudam a ultrapassar a monotonia.É fantástico como vemos a amizade entre personagens crescer e evoluir de uma forma bonita. Miguel, o companheiro que é um pouco aproveitador e oportunista. Um casal em que o marido tem Alzeimer e a sua esposa lhe conta uma história da altura de namoro apenas para o fazer sorrir. Uma senhora que não ia sozinha a lado nenhum pois tinha medo de ser raptada por marcianos, entre muitas outras. Não há mais palavras. Há que ler e reler.Recomendo.

  • Rita Piovan
    2019-01-30 21:21

    Come ha detto il mio professore, leggetelo quando siete al culmine della felicità perchè vi spezzerà il cuore. Ma è fatto benissimo

  • Carmen
    2019-01-29 17:15

    Hard and heart-breaking but cute and sooo necessary. Most of the times we don't want to face how our lives will be when we get old, we don't want to consider the possibility of aging. We just know how to be young and we believe we'll always be. So we turn our backs to old people, banning them from our every day lives and visiting them just once a week or a month at caring homes or residences, not paying too much attention to them. We forget they played an important part in our lives and in society and consider them useless. We are so wrong. Because they are still the person they once were and they still have wishes and hopes and desires. Regardless of our age we never stop dreaming. There's so much to learn from them, sometimes they are hard to understand and difficult to live with (I guess life shapes you constantly so at the end of it you are never unscathed), but it's worth the effort. The group this graphic novel depicts fights loneliness and isolation by bonding, understanding and teasing each other, creating a new family in the weirdest of places. They even try to fight Alzheimer but that's always a lost battle. Slowly forgetting who you are, feeling you no longer understand the world around you is the cruelest, most terrifying thing. But these grandpas and grandmas look at it straight in the face and scream " No retreat and no surrender" They keep their rebeliousness , they love each other and even run away in a porsche. This story touches me specially because my grandmother suffers from something similar to Alzheimer and she is almost like a baby, she just demands affetion, love, care and protection. I guess in a weird way she has grown older just to go back to her childhood or youth at the same time. The point is Wrinkles/Arrugas is not only a warning but it triggers in you the need to act and to understand and to love

  • antónio alves
    2019-02-22 20:15

    Paco Roca é um consagrado ilustrador, guionista e autor de comics e novelas gráficas. Nasceu em Valência, em 1969, estudou Belas-Artes e trabalhou brevemente em publicidade, antes de abrir o seu próprio estúdio de ilustração. A sua obra é amplamente louvada pela crítica. Uma novela gráfica sobre a batalha contra o envelhecimento, ”sem melodramas e com pinceladas de um humor delicioso!""Emílio, um bancário reformado, sofre da doença de Alzheimer e é internado num lar de terceira idade. Rodeado de vários outros idosos, cada um com um quadro «clínico» distinto e com uma personalidade bem vincada, vai aprendendo as diversas estratégias para combater o tédio e a erosão da rotina. Ao mesmo tempo, Emílio e os seus companheiros vão tentando introduzir, num quotidiano marcado por medicamentos, refeições, «terapias ocupacionais» e sestas de duração indefinida, alguns vislumbres de encanto e alegria de viver."“Rugas” foi adaptado ao cinema em 2012 e o filme foi galardoado com 2 prémios Goya, incluindo um para Paco Roca pela adaptação da sua obra.

  • Don Witzel
    2019-02-16 21:14

    This was a fantastic emotional read. Having put a grandmother in assistant care this brought up all the emotions all over again. We all have to deal with aging family members and the stress,love, guilt,pain. I don't want to spoil, I'll paste the description below.... Fantastic ( if you been through this, get ready to be choked up) Paco Roca Two elderly residents of an assisted living facility employ clever tricks to mask their ongoing deterioration, culminating in a riotous nighttime breakout. With echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Cocoon, Paco Roca's acclaimed graphic novel squarely addresses the fears of growing old in a work of humor, humanity, and sensitivity. Wrinkles was adapted into a successful animated film in 2011 and has won numerous international awards.

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    2019-02-16 21:30

    Beautifully illustrated and touching story about life in an aged-care home. The main character grapples with the onset of Alzheimers, while his roommate runs scams to raise enough cash to escape. It's not a long story, but it touches on so many issues of aging in such a heartfelt but somehow light-hearted manner. I read it in a single sitting and it left me with an air of melancholy for the rest of the day.

  • Calzean
    2019-02-07 17:15

    In old age is life for living or for existing?This is a beaut graphic novel telling the story of Emilio who suffering from dementia enters an old persons home. He settles into communal life where the day revolves around waking, eating, sleeping, pill popping and the occasional game of bingo. There is not a lot to keep for the residents to be excited about, even with Emilio's roommate Miguel's attempts to liven things up.The story packs a punch in the short flashbacks of residents where there lives are revealed and when Emilio finds he has Alzheimers. Then it becomes very powerful when Emilio's condition worsens and Miguel tries a variety of ruses to convince the staff that Emilio is still able to look after himself. In the end, Emilio is sent to the second floor of the facility - the place where no one comes back.A respectful, truthful and realistic picture of the lives facing those with Alzheimers. The use of a graphic novel to tell the story was very, very effective.

  • Chiamartini95
    2019-02-13 22:18

    Una storia struggente e emozionante, delicata nelle tematiche e nelle modalità utilizzate per affrontarle. Emilio é un anziano signore che viene 'abbandonato' dal figlio in una casa di riposo ed è proprio qui che avvengono le azioni della nostra storia. Fra amicizie, paure, tristezze e tanto altro Emilio vive i suoi ultimi anni affetto dal morbo dell Alzheimer che sempre più lo priva dei ricordi importanti della sua vita. Parlare di malattia e morte non è mai una cosa facile, si rischia di cadere nel pietismo o nel cliché ma Paco Roca ci è riuscito benissimo e ci ha regalato un'opera meravigliosa.

  • pierlapoquimby
    2019-02-19 16:21

    Un buon fumetto non cerca di essere ciò che non è. Perché un fumetto non è un romanzo o un racconto, né una serie di illustrazioni o un film su carta.Niente di tutto questo. Il fumetto è fumetto. Vive una vita propria, forse relegata ai margini delle forme d'espressione artistica, ma usa i suoi strumenti che sono solo suoi e lo rendono unico.E Rughe di Paco Roca ne è un perfetto esempio.

  • Sara
    2019-02-23 22:26

    La trama si concentra su Emilio, un anziano che soffre di Alzheimer e che per questo viene portato dalla sua famiglia in casa riposo.La lettura è veloce e il finale anche se prevedibile lascia un po' tristi. Ho apprezzato come Paco Roca abbia esplorato questa malattia, il suo modo di rappresentarla è semplice, chiaro e suggestivo (come secondo me si vede bene già dalla copertina). L'autore ha scritto di un mondo, quello degli anziani, poco considerato e l'ha fatto nel migliore dei modi. Una delle letture che ho preferito quest'anno!

  • Feather Mista
    2019-02-06 21:09

    Me encantó el dibujo, me encantó el guion, me encantó la narrativa, me encantaron los personajes, la temática, la ambientación. Me encantó prácticamente todo, incluso el horrible, triste e inevitable final. Pero lo que más me gustó de este libro fue lo cabalítico que resultó: Cuando lo leí me quedé pensando en mis abuelos, los dos que ya no están y mis abuelas, que por suerte sí están -y esperemos que por muchos años más y muy saludables-, pero que ya dan muestras de senilidad, en cosas graciosas como que confundan nombres y en otras más preocupantes como saludarte dos veces un mismo día. Al otro día, se me da por ir más temprano al trabajo y mi abuela Zulema justo estaba por la ciudad y pasó a saludarme, lo que me dio unos veinte minutos de abuelaje que me alegraron el día. Gracias, Paco Roca, por invocarme a la Zule, fue uno de los mejores regalos que me hizo un libro.

  • Postcards from far away
    2019-01-24 17:08

    Rughe è la prima opera che leggo di Paco Roca ed è stata eccezionale e sensibile al tempo stesso.I disegni sono chiari e puliti e i colori fantastici!Sebbene questa storia si legga in due ore scarse, il livello emozionale è elevato.Si narra della storia della vecchiaia di Emilio, un anziano signore spedito dal figlio in un ricovero per anziani. Qui farà la conoscenza di Miguel, un altro anziano signore che si ritiene fortunato ad essere solo senza figli, nipoti o amici che lo vanno a trovare. Si evita una delusione.Altre storie di altri personaggi si incroceranno in questa narrazione, tutte esaminate dal tocco sensibile e abile di Paco Roca. Sicuramente leggerò molto altro ancora di questo autore.Lettura consigliata!!

  • Javier Muñoz
    2019-02-22 17:27

    Historia triste y entrañable sobre la vida diaria de un grupo de ancianos en una residencia, Paco Roca ofrece una visión personal acerca de algo cercano a todos, la vejez, la de nuestros seres queridos y la nuestra. Puede parecer aburrido pero la historia tiene buen ritmo y nos implicamos emocionalmente muy rápido con los personajes, el sentimiento y la nostalgia que el autor imprime en esta obra puede llevarnos a las lágrimas con mucha facilidad.

  • Ana
    2019-02-19 14:26

    Um livro poderoso que nos fala sobre o envelhecimento e a angústia que causa aos seus protagonistas.Um idoso, impossibilitado de continuar a viver sozinho, é levado para um lar, que passará a ser a sua nova casa, vê-se confrontado com toda a espécie de problemas que a velhice acarreta: as limitações físicas, a doença, a perda de memória e em última instância de autonomia.Muito bom!!

  • Diana
    2019-01-30 22:19

    «Qué se yo. Cambiemos el mundo. Cambiar el mundo es algo muy serio como para dejárselo a los jóvenes. Ellos ya tienen bastante con pensar en sexo y drogas...»

  • Kimberly Carrington-Fox
    2019-02-07 14:16

    Durísimo y maravilloso. El Alzheimer es tremendamente cruel y este libro refleja la enfermedad tal y como es. Es una lectura difícil pero en mi opinión muy necesaria.

  • Lahierbaroja
    2019-01-28 15:19

    Cómo afrontar el tema de la vejez y de la enfermedad de una forma tierna e inteligente a la vez.Muy recomendable.https://lahierbaroja.wordpress.com/20...

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-08 16:30

    Estas historias hacen falta. Una situación a las que todos llegaremos y sin embargo tan ignorada por la mayoría de nosotros. Nuestros mayores pasan de llevar una vida propia y sentirse útiles a resultar un estorbo y una molestia para todos los que le rodean. Es una situación compleja y que se agrava puesto que cada vez somos más longevos y requerimos más atenciones al llegar a una edad avanzada.

  • Marta_QC
    2019-01-30 17:08

    Una mirada sensible y tierna hacia la vejez y el Alzheimer, ilustrada en cómic. .

  • Fran
    2019-01-29 16:31

    Delicato e toccante.