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Mild-mannered Myriam is diagnosed with macular degeneration in her right eye, but that doesn't explain the strange things she's been seeing: children in bright red helmets dancing on the doctor's ceiling, exotic vines growing from her television set, and thousands of colored castles forming patterns on her kitchen walls. Her husband Fred is certain that Myriam's visions arMild-mannered Myriam is diagnosed with macular degeneration in her right eye, but that doesn't explain the strange things she's been seeing: children in bright red helmets dancing on the doctor's ceiling, exotic vines growing from her television set, and thousands of colored castles forming patterns on her kitchen walls. Her husband Fred is certain that Myriam's visions are a bunch of nonsense, and her family dismisses her odd observations as the results of old age and an addled mind. So when Myriam begins to notice something "off" about the house next door, she has only her own instincts to trust: can she tell the difference between a trick of the eyes and a real crime?The surreal lives side by side with the everyday in this graphic novel about life with Charles Bonnet syndrome, a condition in which a person with partial or severe blindness has complex, often bizarre hallucinations. Gareth Brookes's rich, artistic crayon drawings pull the reader into Myriam's vibrant and unnerving world, showing the frustration and fear that arise as a result of this unique condition--and the moments of unexpected beauty....

Title : A Thousand Coloured Castles
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ISBN : 9780271079271
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Thousand Coloured Castles Reviews

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2018-12-06 23:42

    A woman suffers from Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) even as her family doubts her visions. Excellent 'gateway' book that explains this complex and (often) misunderstood syndrome. The art only adds to the story; placing the reader in close relation to someone who is trying to make sense of this drastic and terrifying change in perception - highly recommended.

  • Stephen
    2018-12-07 02:33

    Another wonderful book by Brookes (who is a friend of mine — full disclosure fans). He is an avant-garde Raymond Briggs, which may actually be the highest praise I am capable of conceiving of. The main characters of this comic are Myriam and Fred, a couple getting into their senior years, living in suburbia much as they always have. But Myriam has started vivid hallucinations, so that that when she does see something truly strange she cannot be sure what is real and not, much less convince anyone else. The plot is solid, but where Brookes really excels is in his mordent, well-observed dialogue — the characters this conjures — and, naturally, his art. As can now be expected, he has used a novel technique here, creating coloured pages conventionally, then entirely covering it in black crayon only to scrape the crayon off. This gives texture and interest to his pages, and also, of course, alludes to Myriam's own occluded vision, placing the reader in a position akin to hers. In this way, Brookes continually disconcerts the reader, making the cosy suburban setting uncomfortable and slightly off, much as it must be for poor old Myriam.

  • Derek Newman-Stille
    2018-11-16 06:22

    A Thousand Coloured Castles is Gareth Brookes’ exploration of Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Featuring an older woman, Myriam, who is diagnosed first with macular degeneration, this graphic novel explores Myriam’s strange visions as she sees figures like soldiers with ladders on their heads, plants growing out of telephone wires, and people with dressers on their heads. Myriam questions her own sanity and isn’t certain she wants doctors to diagnose her condition. When she eventually discovers that she has Charles Bonnet Symdrome, a condition related to deteriorating vision that causes complex visual hallucinations, she still has to deal with her husband and daughter who don’t understand her condition and disregard her, calling her barmy. Not only does Gareth Brookes bring attention to Charles Bonnet Syndrome in his comic, he brings attention to the way that the medical conditions of women, and particularly older women, are ignored or treated as personality quirks. Myriam is constantly ignored by her family and perceived as being someone whose perspectives and insights aren’t worth paying attention to.To read a longer version of my review, visit my website Dis(Abled) Embodiments at https://disabledembodiment.wordpress....

  • Ketzie Diaz
    2018-11-22 03:48

    Just awesome.

  • Catherine
    2018-11-24 04:42

    Fascinating info on this condition. Beautiful drawings, nice characterization...Though tending to stereotype perhaps. The drawings though, became somewhat repetitive and the end of the story felt abrupt to me.

  • Joe Decie
    2018-12-04 02:22

    Fans of Brookes previous works will know that he doesn't approach drawing comics in a traditional way. Unconventional but fitting to the story he is portraying, that's his way. This graphic novel is painstakingly rendered in wax crayon. You know, like those scratch board firework pictures you did at primary school? this is a whole book drawn like that, but unlike those crude firework pictures, it's beautiful. I can't really talk too much about the story without giving much away, but it's a lovely story of elderly suburban life, with some great pockets of conversation and some fantastical twists in the tale. But that isn't really selling it, "oh I don't much go in for the elderly suburban life genre" I hear you say. Well, maybe you should. Brookes is a master of understated little moments, colloquial quirks and nostalgia. I like a bit of that. He creates characters you feel at home with, people you may well have sat next to on the bus. It's a rare skill to get right without falling into shallow stereotypes. A joy to read. And the kind of book you'll want to keep, a tactile treat.

  • Emily
    2018-11-19 01:49

    I'm not a regular graphic-novel reader, but I wanted something easy on my brain. Fewer words but more pictures suited me. The pastel illustrations were nice to rest my brain on and I felt as a conventional medium they captured everyday life - such as the husband's stubborn focus on the mundane over the everyday magic of the wildlife in the garden - along with the surreal elements really well. The characters were believable and felt real.It's a serious topic but was enjoyable to read. A graphic novel felt like the best way of telling the story.

  • Matthew Noe
    2018-11-23 01:40

    A brilliant mashup of the mundane, the traumatic, the surreal, and the stigmas of aging and mental health. Brookes artistic style is like nothing else you'll read. A fantastic addition to the graphic medicine cannon - and an important one as ocular conditions are rare in the literature thus far.

  • Emily Richards
    2018-11-12 04:41

    Ahhhh Gareth I really wanted to give this 4 stars and I very nearly did ! I just had terrible trouble figuring out the illustrations which in turn, left me struggling a lot with getting to know the characters and I couldn't get to grips with the story becuase of it. I am a huge fan of Brookes , I picked his first book up at a comic convention and was astounded at his work ethic and sheer determination to create such wonderful pieces of art. And I think a reason why I chose the lower rating for this book is because my standards have been set so high after the black project. With all that said, the book is beautiful. The amount of work that has obviously gone into creating each pastel illustration goes beyond my comprehension. Myriam, the main character is such a sweet lady, and I found myself laughing out loud at her interactions with her challenging husband. Overall a good read.

  • Julia
    2018-11-25 02:36

    Really interesting. Love the way the art style dictates the feelings of the reader. I felt off balance, confused, frustrated, and got a headache when I read half the book in one sitting. It was so hard to figure out what was happening, and this feeling really contributed well to the beautiful story of a woman with undiagnosed Charles Bonnet syndrome trying to figure out reality when she suspects something nefarious happening next door. I also love the grumpy ways of her husband, Fred. He’s reminds me of Mr. Fredricksen in the beginning of Disney’s Up: grouchy and fussy and displeased with everything.

  • Rangarajan
    2018-12-06 06:23

    It's quite interesting, really.

  • T.J.
    2018-12-10 02:43

    While I didn't really enjoy the book, I did find out about Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a fascinating condition that I'd never heard of before.

  • Johanna
    2018-11-30 04:26

    wow. i've been really impressed with everything i've read in the graphic medicine series but this one is really terrific. perfect marriage of pictures and story.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-23 00:46

    wow. an upsetting but important read. especially with the looming specter of aging parents.