Glenn Gould was a fascinating man – a genius, troubled, difficult. And with her graphic memoir Sandrine Revel gives us an impressionistic take on Gould; it’s a rather brilliant book if you know anything about the man and/or his music. But it could be a head-scratcher for graphic-novel enthusiasts walking in unknown. There are whole pages of wordless panels that delve brilliantly into Gould’s psyche and assess his mental state. This could all seem like some weird mystery though.
The artwork is wonderful. The writing is spot on – taut, occasionally dreamy.
As a book, a story and artwork, it takes you there. As close as is likely possible to the internal dilemmas of the hypochondriac/obsessive-compulsive traits and the seemingly god-given talent.
The details are all there, in Gould hunched over the kids sitting low on a cut-down chair; never perfectly poised at a purpose-built piano stool. Read More