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The Alcoholic ➥ [Epub] ➟ The Alcoholic By Jonathan Ames ➯ – Thomashillier.co.uk Acclaimed novelist Jonathan Ames writes his first comics work with the original graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC, illustrated by THE QUITTER artist Dean HaspielThis touching, compassionate, ultimately humo Acclaimed novelist Jonathan Ames writes his first comics work with the original graphic novel The Alcoholic, illustrated by THE QUITTER artist Dean HaspielThis touching, compassionate, ultimately humorous story explores the heart of a failing writer who s coming off a doomed romance and searching for hope Unfortunately, the first place his search takes him is the bottom of a bottle as he careens from one off kilter encounter to another in search of himself.


10 thoughts on “The Alcoholic

  1. Tina Haigler Tina Haigler says:

    Story 4 stars Art 5 stars I honestly wasn t sure if I was going to like this one It is called The Alcoholic after all I read it in one sitting Apparently I like memoir style comics with good art and writing Who knew I really felt for the main character There were a lot of times I rolled my eyes at him too though The first half of the book was better, orinteresting to me, but that could be because the second half wasmelancholy I would definitely recommend it It s a good sto Story 4 stars Art 5 stars I honestly wasn t sure if I was going to like this one It is called The Alcoholic after all I read it in one sitting Apparently I like memoir style comics with good art and writing Who knew I really felt for the main character There were a lot of times I rolled my eyes at him too though The first half of the book was better, orinteresting to me, but that could be because the second half wasmelancholy I would definitely recommend it It s a good story I believe it s semi autobiographical and the art is good There s sex, nudity, and drugs though, so I would say the age range is 18


  2. Imogen Imogen says:

    I love that when you type alcoholic in the search box, two Bukowsi books that don t have the word alcoholic in their titles come up before anything else Anyway, I like Jonathan Ames You like Jonathan Ames, right We all like Jonathan Ames Just like all of us, he grew up in New Jersey and then moved to New York well, maybe not all of us Most of us though I haven t read all his books and, honestly, the most interesting thing to me well duh is how trans women continuously pop up in hi I love that when you type alcoholic in the search box, two Bukowsi books that don t have the word alcoholic in their titles come up before anything else Anyway, I like Jonathan Ames You like Jonathan Ames, right We all like Jonathan Ames Just like all of us, he grew up in New Jersey and then moved to New York well, maybe not all of us Most of us though I haven t read all his books and, honestly, the most interesting thing to me well duh is how trans women continuously pop up in his books, and in a way that doesn t ever seem to reveal anything, except that, like, hi, I m Jonathan Ames, and trans women are in my life So that happened for a minute in this one I liked it It s definitely a weird little book a bildungsroman I WENT TO COLLEGE all about the bildungs of addiction, with an spoiler ambiguous pessimistic non ending, where some stuff happens but really just a bunch of sorrows get drowned Remember when I told you that I didn t think Jesus Son resonated like it was about real addicts Like how that thing seemed muchto be about, like, what if addiction were grimy glamorous There is something apologetic, meek, and self implosive going on in this one that resonates with me way harder Are you listening to me JONATHAN AMES IS BETTER THAN DENIS JOHNSON And, I mean, it s a graphic novel, which means you can read it in a night, which is always a plus for me The art is, I don t know, functional I m not in love with this artist, but it s definitely expressive without being intrusive or obnoxious I guess functional is kind of a fucked up thing to say about somebody s art all I mean is that it s not the art that made me like this book, it s the story I dunno Sarah Goff, are you on goodreads I can t remember But you re the one with the boner for Jonathan Ames and graphic novels Did you like this thing


  3. Anthony Chavez Anthony Chavez says:

    This was an easy read, great story by Jonathan Ames, really touching, and very awesome art by Dean Haspiel.A true to life almost memoir by Ames, my first read of his I have been a long time supporter of his show Bored to Death, he always entertains me in his noir sort of way He does, in his own way, remind me of Woody Allen He writes humor but there is a great tragic aspect to his characters and the way Ames writes that character is sublime and unique, it truly makes him an artist.The story i This was an easy read, great story by Jonathan Ames, really touching, and very awesome art by Dean Haspiel.A true to life almost memoir by Ames, my first read of his I have been a long time supporter of his show Bored to Death, he always entertains me in his noir sort of way He does, in his own way, remind me of Woody Allen He writes humor but there is a great tragic aspect to his characters and the way Ames writes that character is sublime and unique, it truly makes him an artist.The story itself is one of a very personal nature One that you can t help but feel is a window into the past of Jonathan Ames In Bored to Death the main character is named Jonathan Ames and in The Alcoholic he is named Jonathan A Draw your own conclusions Any addict of any sort will find this graphic novel hitting close to home and too real for comfort The constant ups and downs of life, struggling with interesting subplots concerning family, friendship, homosexuality, virility, and death Endings that aren t quite an ending are sometimes the best ending to me because they leave you thinking, wait did he Is he going to Did this mean that or did it mean this After a wild 136 pages of everything under the sun, from binging, to confession, from detox, to counseling I m not sure if Jonathan A or Ames knew what was going on, so we the reader are left to wonder where he will go from here, is his glass half empty, half full, is it going to be completely full or is it going to stay empty The choice is yours


  4. Kevin Kevin says:

    Though this graphic novel is billed as a fictionalized account of Jonathan Ames struggles with alcohol, I m gonna go ahead and label it a memoir Ames story rings true on ever page and Haspiel s art works really well in this sad and painful book Besides alcoholism, this book also has interesting subplots concerning homosexuality, virility, and death Of course, there are some great moments of Ames humor as well And although readers familiar with Ames will recognize parts of his life that he ha Though this graphic novel is billed as a fictionalized account of Jonathan Ames struggles with alcohol, I m gonna go ahead and label it a memoir Ames story rings true on ever page and Haspiel s art works really well in this sad and painful book Besides alcoholism, this book also has interesting subplots concerning homosexuality, virility, and death Of course, there are some great moments of Ames humor as well And although readers familiar with Ames will recognize parts of his life that he has explored before, there are some new revelations and awillingness visual, visceral from the author to uncover his demons A powerful book


  5. Christina Christina says:

    I didn t have any expectations about this book, and I still hated it The Alcoholic, which is actually written by Jonathan Ames and drawn by Dean Haspiel stupid Web site people , is about Jonathan A., a young man who starts drinking at the age of 15, really enjoys drinking, and becomes guess what an acoholic The book is about his troubles with alcohol and his visit to rehab and his relapse into alcoholism.I m sure I m probably supposed to think that parts of the book are really funny And I didn t have any expectations about this book, and I still hated it The Alcoholic, which is actually written by Jonathan Ames and drawn by Dean Haspiel stupid Web site people , is about Jonathan A., a young man who starts drinking at the age of 15, really enjoys drinking, and becomes guess what an acoholic The book is about his troubles with alcohol and his visit to rehab and his relapse into alcoholism.I m sure I m probably supposed to think that parts of the book are really funny And I m sure that at some spots, I m supposed to feel really bad for Jonathan A.But I don t.The books reads to me as a series of really stupid choices.And, frankly, those choices are boring Oh, drinking is so cool Riiiiigggghhht I drink because Hunter S Thompson and Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac drank, and I want to be just like them Riiiigggghhhht Oh, I drink because I m heartbroken over the loss of my best friend Riiiiiggggghhhht Oh, I drink because I m heartbroken over the loss of the girl I loved Riiiiigggghhhht Newsflash Everyone goes through that stuff And anyone who says they haven t is lying And most people find better ways to cope than drowning themselves in booze.Jonathan A strikes me as just a selfish jerk who makes stupid excuses for his bad habits.And writer Jonathan Ames strikes me as a pretentious ass clown who used a graphic medium which can be truly wonderful when used properly to disguise a really poorly written story.I might have beenimpressed if Ames had actually made the effort to describe some of the people and events in the book you know, with words.But I guess I ll get off my soapbox now, and sum up this review by telling you that I think this book sucks


  6. Reid Reid says:

    Some spoilers Fairly compelling and relatable memoir like tale of a natural born drinker, with plenty of poignant moments and pretty good art work The writing is simple and straightforward, but it works well with the black and white shadowy illustrations and noirish tempo The writer throws in a truck full of drama and heavy themes, including death, mourning, heartbreak, homosexuality, aids, 9 11, coke and heroin use, and lots of spewing bodily fluids, but also keeps a light balance with old l Some spoilers Fairly compelling and relatable memoir like tale of a natural born drinker, with plenty of poignant moments and pretty good art work The writing is simple and straightforward, but it works well with the black and white shadowy illustrations and noirish tempo The writer throws in a truck full of drama and heavy themes, including death, mourning, heartbreak, homosexuality, aids, 9 11, coke and heroin use, and lots of spewing bodily fluids, but also keeps a light balance with old lady dwarf sex and premature ejaculation,than his share of sexy women in pillow fights , and fretting over atypical male pattern baldness The tale doesn t go deep, but the narrator s frank telling of this on again off again drinker s life is interesting and entertaining 3.8


  7. Ill D Ill D says:

    Since it s a new year, I decided to do something new Instead of picking something unread from the bookcase or the hard drive, I dove back into the stack of read books to give one an ol reread Fingers sifted Closed eyes opened and Jonathan Ames lush autobiography was chosen.Underaged eyes I definitely foundto be critical of yet also found a lotto enjoy as well Featuring a highly exposed approach, the author s transparency is as confessorial as it is painfully honest Shyin Since it s a new year, I decided to do something new Instead of picking something unread from the bookcase or the hard drive, I dove back into the stack of read books to give one an ol reread Fingers sifted Closed eyes opened and Jonathan Ames lush autobiography was chosen.Underaged eyes I definitely foundto be critical of yet also found a lotto enjoy as well Featuring a highly exposed approach, the author s transparency is as confessorial as it is painfully honest Shying away from nothing, self deprecation is utilized to strong effect Disdaining the airbrush for an instrumentgenuine, the result resonates with a warmth of pulsating deep self awareness.With the aim of expositional commiseration chosen as the highest goal, the past has been presented with warts there s a lot of them and all From homosexual experimentation to its titular obsession from sexual awkwardness to pathetic crushes that have long lasted beyond their expiration date and from failure to evenfailure Ames has presented us a story that is completely unvarnished in all regards With a heaping helping of tragedy and the excesses of drug abuse to top it all off, an unmistakably human construction is to be read warts and allThere s a lot of good here but there s also some not so good.While the art style is serviceable, it s nothing to write home about Choosing a starkly minimal duochromaticism, blacks and whites illustrate each and every panel within The style is certainly up for subjective interpretation, but it adds an interesting level of contrast considering that the story within is highly colored in all aspects Succeedingas a contraposed backdropthan on its own merits alone, the art style within is definitely the weakest aspect of this work.Moreover, some technical flaws considering pacing, and minimal character development in some instances claw it back from a higher star rating it probably deserves Respectively, multiple pages could easily have ben excised to aggrandize brevity and multiple important characters, most notably his parents, are woefully unevolved Most failures are of the nit picky varieties but they do add up over time All in all, there is a deeply human and unabashedly flawed protagonist presented to us readers within We can hate, love, and or hopefully commiserate with him but ultimately this intimate personal portrait is as authentic as it could have possibly been.Give it a read, you deserve it


  8. Valerie Valerie says:

    This graphic novel focused on Jonathan A the main character and his alcoholism, and how his battle with it affected everything in his life There were so many wonderful, poignant, tragic and even funny details I loved his devotion to his best friend, even when said friend ditched him for no apparent reason I loved it when he referred to his ex girlfriend by the city she happened to be living in at the time and came to refer to himself as her bitch because he couldn t let her go I loved This graphic novel focused on Jonathan A the main character and his alcoholism, and how his battle with it affected everything in his life There were so many wonderful, poignant, tragic and even funny details I loved his devotion to his best friend, even when said friend ditched him for no apparent reason I loved it when he referred to his ex girlfriend by the city she happened to be living in at the time and came to refer to himself as her bitch because he couldn t let her go I loved how he told part of his story while haphazardly self buried in the sand trying to elude the police I loved it when Monica Lewinsky said that the kielbasa looked delicious, causing Jonathan to astrally project to the ceiling out of sympathetic embarrassment for herIt s hard to love some of thetragic circumstances of the book, but while I can t identify 100% with the realities of alcoholism, I think everyone can identify with the feelings of inadequacy and want expressed in this book The feeling of almost achieving something, and then losing it again Hopefulness, and hopelessness, and then hopefulness again.I was actually confused as to whether this book was semi autobiographical The main character is named Jonathan A., after all the author is Jonathan Ames But after doing a little research it seems like it isn t Just a really well told tale that is true for different people in different ways


  9. Václav Václav says:

    This is not an autobiography But it kind of is Autor took his two ideas on comics and stitched them together with his own background Because there is an intention to lell story which would be real, relatable, crude and believable And that was accomplished well I expected it to be story mainly about alcoholism, but it actually is a story about a guy who loves it but can handle it alcohol, life, love, drugs You can hardly generalize here because this is a specific story of somebody whos in This is not an autobiography But it kind of is Autor took his two ideas on comics and stitched them together with his own background Because there is an intention to lell story which would be real, relatable, crude and believable And that was accomplished well I expected it to be story mainly about alcoholism, but it actually is a story about a guy who loves it but can handle it alcohol, life, love, drugs You can hardly generalize here because this is a specific story of somebody whos internal issues ego, mild depressions, tendencies to drugs alcohol abuse drive him through his sometimes tragic but actually not so bad life with the eternal struggle to get yourself right I enjoyed this story There are shards of it which I can relate to well most of us can find something relatable here and things I can t understand because they are character specific I maybe expected something bigger, deeper and complex, but I enjoyed it anyway The story is fun and is very well told the moving back and forth in time is based on a specific storytelling pattern, so it is very organic and not annoying This can be completely biographic of all made up, it doesn t matter It feels real and adventurous Believable, but one step ahead from our mundane lives


  10. Malbadeen Malbadeen says:

    He drinks He stops drinking He drinks again He stops drinking again He does drugs He stops doing drugs He does drugs againand so on and so on and dubby dubby do.but woven in with all that, there are complicated relationships, loss, and confusion that would exsist even if he were always sober.sometimes sad but not crushing.sometimes hopeful but not cheesy.and sometimes funny.


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