WEEKLY WONDER: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (#52)

Hey everyone!

Welcome to Weekly Wonder, our weekly addition to your TBRs!

This week’s wonder is:

THE SCULPTOR BY SCOTT MCCLOUD

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The Sculptor tells the story of a young sculptor with passion and talent who blew his chance to be successful in the industry and is now struggling for recognition. In his dedication to his art, he makes a deal with Death and decides to give up his life after 200 days in exchange for the ability to make sculptures with his hands. But life intervenes and he finds the love of his life. Now what will he do? Read the book to find out!


A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

  • This book is written by an author who literally wrote the book on comics; Understanding Comics
  • It depicts the anguish of an artist very well.
  • The artwork is superb!
  • This book deals wonderfully with the theme of art and commerce.
  • It also discusses what art itself is.
  • It depicts the protagonist’s existential crisis well.
  • There is a wonderful Easter egg in the book that relates well to the end. Let me know if you find it or email me at ultimatelibrophile@gmail.com if you want me to tell you what it is.
  • The ending!

PER CONTRA

  • The book is very clichéd, both as a romance and as a Künstlerroman.
  • This book fails the Bechdel test.
  • Meg is a very interesting character who has not been explored as much as she deserves.
  • I’m no sculpture and I may be wrong but it seems to me that if David really wanted to be able to make his sculptures by moulding them with his hands, he would choose to work in clay. Given the fact that he chose to work in stone, I don’t see how he thinks being able to manipulate stone like clay a gift.

WHO IS IT FOR?

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Well! I hope you like the book!

Happy Reading!

Jeannie

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