So I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons. I usually stick to stuff I know I love, like mysteries, thrillers, autobiographies, etc…but I’ve recently discovered a new genre of amazing books with stunning storytelling (and PICTURES):
OK, now I know I’m late on this literary train…but I’ve had little to know experience with comic books or graphic novels in the past. I only recently started reading The Walking Dead comics (more on that to come later in the month!) and I LOVED them…and that was really my only introduction and experience with this format. Needless to say, I’m quickly working through my library’s stock of graphic novels and I really can’t put them down. The illustrations are often amazing and I truly find myself getting wrapped up in these stories, some of which are quite deep and profound.
Today’s book fits into this category. A story I really just picked up on a whim, The Sculptor is one that has stuck with me for a good long while now. A story about love and heartbreak, this book tells the tale of a man named David and his love of art.
David is a struggling artist. He’s lost his motivation and his will to create. When he’s approached by Death at a local café, he strikes up a deal…literally giving his life for his work. David is given the ability to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands…he can transform metal, brick, skin, whatever he wants into whatever he wants. However, this magical gift comes at a price…he only gets to live another 200 days before Death takes him forever.
In the moment, this seems like a great deal for David. All his family is gone, he doesn’t have anyone in his life…this gives him time to create his one amazing masterpiece and leave the world peacefully…however, as life would have it, at the 11th hour, everything changes.
Enter Meg, a light-hearted, warm, caring, fun and energetic muse who captures David’s heart instantly. Now knowing he only has a handful of days to live, he must not only create his one amazing masterpiece, but must tell the love of his life about this deal that will eventually destroy everything they’ve built together.
A story that will pull at your heartstrings, The Sculptor is a beautiful book about the choices we make and how those choices influence the rest of our lives. With whimsical prose and lovely illustrations, this graphic novel is one that will have you smiling through your tears.
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