Howl

a graphic novel

No cover

Howl (2010, Harper Perennial)

223 pages

English language

Published Sept. 19, 2010 by Harper Perennial.

ISBN:
9780062015174
OCLC Number:
630452383

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5 stars (3 reviews)

The famous poem that began a major censorship trial. Illustrated with stills from the computer animation that was included in the 2010 movie by the same name.

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I read the poem as a teenager, and I've gradually been getting more interested in graphic novels, so when I saw a graphic novel version--with Ginsberg's involvement, so I knew it wouldn't be a horrible hack job--in Powell's recently I couldn't resist.

The poem is just as viciously powerful as when I first read it; though I can only imagine it would have had more impact when it was published, in 1956. The only detail that marks it as in any way dated is the repeated references to typewriters. The significance of the age is more that it shows the disaffection and societal failure it recounts as not only not being novel--I knew that, though it's good to be reminded--but even older than I had realised. The boomer generation has somehow managed to spin this fable of rebellion having been invented in the mid-late 60s, whereas here is a long …

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