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Ice Haven

 
 
Author
Daniel Clowes.
Publisher Pantheon  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 7.85 x 0.45 inches
ISBN 9780375714696
Pages/Publication Date 89/2005
Daedalus Item Code 61666
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Originally appearing in an issue of his occasional comic book series Eightball, Daniel Clowes's Ice Haven is a remarkable, multilayered graphic novel. More than two dozen interconnected stories, rendered in various characteristic styles, look in on the lives and thoughts of several denizens of the midwestern town of Ice Haven, where a strange young boy named David Goldberg has disappeared.

"Already highly regarded in alternative-comics circles for such impressive works as Ghost World, Clowes takes his game to another, higher level in Ice Haven, surely one of the most accomplished graphic novels in recent memory. It is a tour-de-force made up of 29 interconnecting stories rendered in styles varying from mock documentary to pseudo-Peanuts, all depicting life in the town of Ice Haven, which is gripped by anxiety over a missing child. Clowes deftly brings an astonishing depth of characterization to a sizable cast that includes embittered poet Random Wilder; his amateur archrival, the grandmotherly Mrs. Ida Wentz; the husband-and-wife detective team investigating the child's disappearance; and Carmichael, a youngster obsessed by Leopold and Loeb. Although the work has a masterful formal complexity, the story itself is straightforward, and despite the emotional chilliness suggested by the town's name, Clowes exhibits a genuine, if submerged, sympathy for even the most misbegotten members of his cast. Ice Haven is relatively short for an ostensible novel—it's a reformatted version of a story that first appeared as a single issue of Clowes' comic book Eightball—but it possesses a depth that few other graphic novels achieve, regardless of their length."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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