Bookish Spotlight (1): The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman

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Bookish Spotlight is a new feature for 2014. I wanted a feature that would showcase — in my opinion — the best books, or, the books that I absolutely love and can’t stop sharing with other people. These can be books, entire series — anything goes! My goal is that my readers might find a great new read after reading this feature. 

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Title: The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch
Author: Neil Gaiman
Released: September 1995


A dark and frightening fully painted novella, MR. PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy’s loss of innocence results from a horrific confrontation with his past. Spending a summer at his grandfather’s seaside arcade, a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy’s family, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined. With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young boy is forced to deal with his family’s dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and guilt.

Why it’s a favourite: I am completely, completely in love with Neil Gaiman’s work. He can write stories that are fun, or stories that are dark, stories for adults, stories for kids, stories for even littler kids — and they’re all good! He’s even written graphic novels AND wrote episodes for Doctor Who. I mean, how can you not love Neil? Admittedly, I haven’t read everything he’s put out, but I do have LOTS of his books on my shelves. This book, in particular, is one of those books that I find myself recommending to people who want to try out graphic novels, or want to try out Neil’s work. It’s a smaller work, so it’s easy to get through, but it’s quite dark AND it has some great illustrations throughout, courtesy of Dean McKean. Definitely worth a read!

Have you read this one? 



2 thoughts on “Bookish Spotlight (1): The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman

    • WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!? You have NOT read ANY NEIL GAIMAN!!!! HOW ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?!?!?!?!?!?!?

      No, seriously … you must! I say start with Stardust. It’s AWESOME! Then some Graveyard Book and Coraline! Maybe his Sandman series? There is so much awesome in Neil Gaiman! And yes! He’s written a few episodes of Doctor Who!!!

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