4,0 su 5 stelleA dazzling collage of written and visual imagery
8 dicembre 2012 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
In these days of e-books, it makes a refreshing change - for me, at least - to find a book that really benefits from the medium of print. This isn't a collection of short stories. It's not a nice sequential comic book. It's a lovingly produced piece of art using the medium of the book, designed to make use of lush double page spreads and simultaneously assault and seduce the reader (viewer?) with the combination of words and images.
The range of styles is what makes Words of Traitors so intriguing: there's line art, photography, collage, drawing, and painting. Even the typefaces vary through the book, carefully chosen to carry more meaning than you'd get with just a standard font.
And the stories? Let's just say they pull no punches. If you've read any of Curcio's work before, you'll know what to expect; triumph through degradation and misfortune, brutal honesty, and a flagrant disregard for social taboos and norms. If you like authors such as D.R. Haney, Kerouac, and HST, then you'll find Curcio's uncompromising style speaks to you. Personally, I find that when extended to novel length, it loses impact, but in the shorter format, it's powerful and poignant. In combination with the rich, multi-layered artwork and typography, Curcio's prose works perfectly. I don't like all the stories on first reading, but I suspect this is a book I'll revisit occasionally, and find that each one is waiting for the right time to speak to me.
This work has paragraphs stolen from mine from 10 years ago by an ex girlfriend Bethany Shorb. After countless tries they refused to respond. This is a work born out of strife. And has no future for that reason. My personal notes and life stories were bastardized into a sex book. One star for effort.
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