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That was a disappointment Starts off as a story about a Russian soldier, now a mob enforcer, looking for redemption Halfway through it turns into a surreal series of alternate histories the character could have lived, completely abandoning the main plot Danijel e elj was an excellent choice as artist His art is made for dour Russian settings. Do you like the idea of a decrepit Coney Island as a cheap metaphor for the insincerity of the Statue of Liberty How about as a symbol for the modern decline of the American empire But you don t feel like taking the train all the way to the edge of Brooklyn Do you think Russians are interesting, but don t feel like familiarizing yourself with Russian history or literature by reading books without pictures Fear not, our intrepid author gives, according to his ability, a panorama of Russian st Do you like the idea of a decrepit Coney Island as a cheap metaphor for the insincerity of the Statue of Liberty How about as a symbol for the modern decline of the American empire But you don t feel like taking the train all the way to the edge of Brooklyn Do you think Russians are interesting, but don t feel like familiarizing yourself with Russian history or literature by reading books without pictures Fear not, our intrepid author gives, according to his ability, a panorama of Russian stereotypes throughout the ages With a limited palette, Luna Park paints a picture of despotic thugs, well read junkies, and shamanic whores These caricatures run around, interact, and, because they have the ghosts of Ivan Grozny, Great Bronze Equestrian Peter, and ol Uncle Joe running around in their DNA, they can t help themselves from causing a bloody goddamn mess The end result is a comic book that is long and boring enough to be marketed as a graphic novel All that s lacking is a foreword by Anne Appelbaum to make this an ideal stocking stuffer for Russophobes too refined for Yakov Smirnoff, and not yet ready for Robert Conquest a great losers tale Reason for Reading The Russian historical aspects and the publisher s summary had me intrigued.This is a very difficult book to give a summary as nothing is as it seems but let me tell you what appears to be happening as the book starts Alik Strelnikov is a Russian immigrant who made a deal back in Russia which got him his freedom in America This freedom lead him to working for a second fiddle Russian mob group in Coney Island as an enforcer Here he lives an existence with his girlfriend i Reason for Reading The Russian historical aspects and the publisher s summary had me intrigued.This is a very difficult book to give a summary as nothing is as it seems but let me tell you what appears to be happening as the book starts Alik Strelnikov is a Russian immigrant who made a deal back in Russia which got him his freedom in America This freedom lead him to working for a second fiddle Russian mob group in Coney Island as an enforcer Here he lives an existence with his girlfriend in an apartment drinking, listening to old Russian records and shooting heroin to forget what he has become But he is plagued with dreams, nightmares actually, the same ones over and over, which show him in various situations in different uniforms and he is always afraid These nightmares will take us back in history to pre revolutionary Russia, to WWI, to the Chechen Wars and back to 1910s New York.This is an awesome, gripping story The reader has no idea of what is really going on for some time My mind contemplated these dreams as possible flashbacks to past lives, psychic visions of the past, a tortured man turning his real problems into symbolic messages and finally a simpler consideration, the raving dreams of a madman Why he keeps having the dreams is not so important but the recurring themes that they carry are With the ultimate one of betrayal being the most affecting on him Then the book takes an extreme magical or psychedelic turn and one can possibly start to put things together until near the very end when the author hits us with a very subtle reveal we hardly notice it until the final page with it s shocking end I actually stared at the last page for some seconds before the reveal sank in A fabulous end The writing and the art combine to make a surreal, strange, semi conscious type of plot This is not going to be a book for everyone Not for the type who like their plots to begin at A and end at Z The plot is incongruous and where it is going the reader cannot grasp until a certain point 2 3s of the way through This is not a bad thing though I found the book utterly captivating to read It s one of those few books that stand out alone as an I ve never read anything quite like it before book The art is fascinatingly done mostly in a palette of terracottas, greys and purplish blues that turn into lavenders atlighthearted scenes not that there are many of those If you ve ever seen old Communist posters or postage stamps from the era, the art reminds me of that style at times Otherwise it matches the mood of the story perfectly This book kind of broke my brain, but not for the twist ending I m so proud of myself I picked up on the first subtle clue Parts of it were staggeringly beautiful, andof it was staggeringly heartbreaking I wish the art had a littledefinition, but that s just personal preference It s strong and evocative and suits the story well The story itself isn t what it seems at first and ultimately asks the question is humanity doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again A kind of surreal trip through current Russian historya man out of time and place must deal with issues that will destroy him if he ignores his past but his past may be the very thing that has put him in the cross hairs of fate. 090411 this is what great graphic work can do that no other medium does intense, horrific, visuals no hard working through text, the darkness is literal no quickly passing scenes as in film you can look, you can build the horror, you can never escape the narrative is gripping, the artwork is beautiful, the layers of images like the best film, immediate and overwhelming as images in robbe grillet great work A major league disappointment Story was very confusing and circular in nature The art was great, but too bad it came in combination with such a poorly constructed story I hate it when people who are really good at another genre come into a popular one like graphic novels or mystery or science fiction and think they re going to write the great American novel or whatever they re going to revolutionize or transcend the genre It generally means that what they ve actually written is a poo A major league disappointment Story was very confusing and circular in nature The art was great, but too bad it came in combination with such a poorly constructed story I hate it when people who are really good at another genre come into a popular one like graphic novels or mystery or science fiction and think they re going to write the great American novel or whatever they re going to revolutionize or transcend the genre It generally means that what they ve actually written is a poor imitation of stories that have already been done to death a million times over by people who know the genre intimately That s what we ve got here Baker, a respected historical novelist, should stick to his novels and let those who know how to write and tell a story graphically do their thing I do not recommend this luckily, I was able to get it through my library and not have to pay for it (Free Epub) ë Luna Park ⛄ Alik Strelnikov vive na sombra de Coney Island, um mundo de passeios silenciosos e parques de divers es enferrujados, que ridicularizam os seus sonhos de se tornar um her i H dez anos, trocou uma exist ncia brutal no ex rcito Russo pela promessa de se tornar um executor da m f ia de Brooklyn, mas as suas noites s o atormentadas por pesadelos em que as atrocidades a que assistiu na Chech nia se misturam com vis es alternativas do passado, que terminam sempre da mesma forma tr gicaNa sua estreia na BD, o popular escritor Kevin Baker, alia se ao ilustrador croata Danijel Zezelj, para criar uma novela gr f ica perturbadora, que marca o regresso de Baker a Coney Island, cen rio da sua aclamada trilogia Dreamland Very circular The present mirrors the past which mirrors the past which is all in the head of well, I ll keep that a secret if you choose to read it.