The Complete Essex County
by Jeff Lemire
Overall rating: 5
BEWARE! It might not look that way, but this book will emotionally damage you beyond repair.
gathers the Essex County Trilogy “Tales from the Farm”, “Ghost Stories” (my
favourite) and “The Country Nurse” (which actually includes a couple of extra
stories). And let it be know, I will read anything from the hands of Jeff Lemire from now on. Complete Essex County
Some people will find the art off-putting, but truth is, I quite like it. Yeah, at the beginning it might look a little odd, and some people will confuse that with lack of talent. But there’s boldness to those lines, drawn with confidence that comes with years of practice and anyone who draws will notice that. It’s a whole other thing that THIS exact way of portrayal sets the mood, something I believe could never be accomplished if done in some generic drawing style. Also, I couldn’t help notice how the landscapes were impeccable and you can’t help like the characters, not for their beauty or design but for the human qualities they represent.
The story itself starts with introducing just one character, a boy named Lester living at a farm, and throughout the three volumes we meet people and see thing that are connected to this boy and how he got there. A storytelling method that gives the reader a trill of discovering bits and piece, putting a giant, exciting, even if sad, puzzle. I’m tempted to start talking about each volume individually, but I’m afraid of reveling too much and spoiling your own experience.
And the thing is…it’s a story about family; about loneliness and regrets and fears and mistakes. Wishes.
It’s oddly realistic and painfully human; a little bittersweet like life itself. It is told in a different, and I stay my ground, unique way and I would be happy to have it on my bookshelf 20, 40 years from now.
If you are one of those people that didn’t read it because they didn’t like the art, brave it.
It’s a book worth reading.