James Sturm's America

James Sturm's America

God, Gold And Golems

Book - 2007
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Focusing on less sensational times in U.S. history (non-war and pre-Depression) James Sturm's America draws a portrait of the people and their dreams that make up this country. Comprised of three chapters--"The Revival," "Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight," and "The Golem's Mighty Swing"--the stories grow as the country grows: from pioneers searching for a place to call home to ghost towns gutted by greed and racism to the distractions and fantasies of popular entertainment.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2007.
ISBN: 9781897299050
1897299052
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: God, gold and golems

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SkycycleX2 Oct 12, 2012

I recommend this book based mostly on the third story in the book "The Golem's Mighty Swing." The other stories are fine but don't reach the height of story, word and art that "The Golem's Mighty Swing" does. The stories and art seem to develop toward the last story which is very a satisfying double play of words and art. There are some interesting notes in the back, too, about Sturm's process and development of the material in which he acknowledges the influence of a Japanese sport comic artist. I'm not personally into baseball but I do like baseball stories and movies. I don't think I've read a sports comic before and was actually quite taken with how well the action can be portrayed. Sturm ably portrays the specific time and place of middle America in the 20's, the character's are compelling and the story is engrossing.

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