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"It's unlike anything I've read before. I loved it." —Chris Ware on ChimoA graphic memoir lamenting the loss of train travel, the grip of family, mortality, art, and the human condition, with many other digressions thrown in for good measure. David Collier's dream is to travel with his wife and son across the country by rail before it is too late. Through the passing lands"It's unlike anything I've read before. I loved it." —Chris Ware on ChimoA graphic memoir lamenting the loss of train travel, the grip of family, mortality, art, and the human condition, with many other digressions thrown in for good measure. David Collier's dream is to travel with his wife and son across the country by rail before it is too late. Through the passing landscape he tries to track down the many characters with whom he has lost touch. With Morton, Collier, who has been called "a national treasure," has produced his most ambitious work to date....

Title : Morton: A Cross-Country Rail Journey
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ISBN : 9781772620122
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Morton: A Cross-Country Rail Journey Reviews

  • Michelle
    2018-11-30 20:23

    As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for travelogues. Normally, I like to read them to discover places I've never been, or would like to go. Morton on the other hand is all about my home country Canada. Collier's memoir details how he and his family travelled through much of Canada via train travel. I admittedly haven't travelled much in my home and native land (I live in Ontario and the only other provinces I've visited are Quebec and Alberta), so I was excited to dive in.While Collier's memoir does involve a lot of travel, it didn't read much like a travelogue. Instead, what I got were the random and meandering musings of a middle-aged man who makes shallow statements that try to be deep. Some of the anecdotes in here are fun - for example, Collier details how sleeper trains are designed (they look like bunk beds) - but then he would ruin it with his random judgements, like mentioning how some passengers are too obese for the top bunk of the sleep compartment. This led into a short musing on the obesity epidemic the world is in, and ughhh, I just don't care??? I really wish some of those asides had been left out. I also wish we had gotten to know Collier's family a bit more. He's travelling with his wife and son, and while they do have dialogue, you never get to know them as people. There are some mentions of how Collier and his wife met, but not much else. I understand that the focus here was supposed to be travel, but even that all felt like an aside. My expectations sadly made this book a miss for me. Where I was expecting an exciting travelogue of my home country, what I got instead was a narrative that had train travel, but was mainly about Collier's thoughts and feelings. Not terrible, but not what I had in mind when I picked this up.

  • Erica
    2018-11-18 18:48

    The first half of this graphic novel travelogue will be interesting to people who like Canadian history and trains. I found it slow going. Then the author gets some bad news, a friend has died, and the journey and the story takes some different turns. A gentle story about a train trip across Canada, with a lot of brief encounters with interesting characters and memories.

  • Anthony Woodward
    2018-12-10 20:30

    I'm a big fan of Colliers work and he can be an acquired taste. There was the sual Collier mix of real life mixed with interesting historical facts. The part where he was camping in his old publishers back yard had me in tears of laughter! There's something about the quality of the trip that i think not many people would experience these days, a kind of seat of your pants bare bones experience, that although difficult must have also been rewarding.The pace of the book could have benefited from being broken up a bit more. Intersperse pages with larger panels to give the reader a sense of place. but other than that, classic Collier.

  • Sasha Boersma
    2018-12-03 20:44

    Thoughtfully done memoir, exploring Canada and the author's past experiences in various cities. It is a whole lot in only a few pages. Difficult to get into because it's so dense - put it aside for a couple of days and you can easily forget where the story is going.Timely read for Canada's 150th anniversary.

  • Randy Hendrickson
    2018-11-12 00:36

    This is an OK graphic novel, but the best thing about if was that it reminded me of last summers road trip up into Canada and of the coming summers road trip into Canada. Other than that, and a few historical tidbits that were interesting, there isn't much there. This guy sounds like me at times (oh god please don't remind me) and I can't fathom how his family put up with him on this trip without more visible strife. The fam seems curiously mute while the author obsesses about his past and the niggling details of his trip itinerary. The artwork was decent but the layout, story structure and even the grammar at times, were lacking. That said, could I do a better job? Hell no.

  • Rod Brown
    2018-12-01 20:25

    A disappointing and boring mess. There are so many digressions, flashbacks and asides that the ostensible travelogue sort of gets lost in the static. And when the travel portion does get a little attention, the author tends to talk more about his past experiences in a place and his already set impressions instead of what it is actually like now, and none of those experiences and judgments are particularly interesting.

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    2018-11-12 21:36

  • Mike
    2018-11-15 16:34

    Scattered, boring and too old-fashioned.

  • MK King
    2018-11-28 18:48

    Collier is Canada's answer to R. Crumb. He is a master storyteller and artist who is full of adventure as he explores a variety of subject matter in his work. My cousin Steve was his neighbour for a couple of years and Steve told me that Collier was out in the local lake in his kayak regularly. He was fit and was a devoted father and husband according to Steve. I never had a chance to meet Collier but I have a feeling after reading this book ( and several others plus a handful of comix) that we would have been fast friends. Morton is a travelogue done in the unmistakeable Collier style. Interesting, engaging, full of history and written and drawn with a master's touch. He really is a treasure to the medium.

  • Mark Schlatter
    2018-11-15 20:22

    My wife picked this up and said "It's Harvey Pekar gone horribly, horribly wrong." My evaluation isn't that harsh, but I can see where she's coming from. This is meant to be a story about David Collier and family taking a rail trip across Canada, but it's interspersed with Collier's anecdotes about growing up, historical tales of the towns they pass through, and even the occasional dig/regret about Collier's former publisher, Drawn & Quarterly.The problem is that Collier is exhaustingly didactic. It's like the infodump you get from a dense Pekar piece, except that it almost never stops and jumps from topic to topic seemingly randomly. Trust me, there are good bits (I'm a big fan of how Collier's military background informs his thinking and particularly his packing), but you need to be willing to wade through a lot. (I will concede that you might get a lot more out of this if you are Canadian.) My other issue is the linework, which features extensive shading and crosshatching. The art is almost as dense as the story-telling. Basically, unless you're a big fan of Collier, Canadian history, or Canadian rail, I would give this a pass.

  • Daniel Patterson
    2018-12-08 00:22

    At the top level Morton is a great graphic memoir recounting a family semi-cross Canada trip by train drawing on the experience of trying to keep a train journey cheaper by camping and crashing in some unusual spots. However beyond that is a layer of reminisces of Collier's own history as they family revisits placed they've been before plus some occasional historical divergences as well. Overall an enjoyable read.