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The Book of Ballads (2004)

af Charles Vess

Andre forfattere: Emma Bull (Bidragyder), Charles de Lint (Bidragyder), Neil Gaiman (Bidragyder), Elaine Lee (Bidragyder), Sharyn McCrumb (Bidragyder)8 mere, Graham Pratt (Bidragyder), Ken Roseman (Bidragyder), Delia Sherman (Bidragyder), Jeff Smith (Bidragyder), Lee Smith (Bidragyder), Midori Snyder (Bidragyder), Terri Windling (Introduktion), Jane Yolen (Bidragyder)

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A collection of traditional English, Irish, and Scottish songs and folktales, retold in graphic novel form by some of today's top fantasy writers, includes Newil Gaiman's The False Knight on the Road, Sharyn McCrumb's Thomas the Rhymer, and Jane Yolen's King Henry and The Great Selchie of Sule.
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Very meh. There seems to be little value added by the graphic treatment to most of the ballads presented, although the artwork is nice overall. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
Molto interessante l’ispirazione. Rendere a fumetti le ballate scozzesi ed irlandesi, studiate e rese fruibili ai più dal lavoro di Child alla fine del XIX secolo. Ottime le poche pagine di introduzione. Con una interessantissima sintesi dei generi di ballata: le strazianti ballate scozzesi, con musiche tristi, quelle di una madre che ha ceduto l’anima per consentire al figlio di avere ottenere il dono della musica. Ed i tre generi di ballate irlandesi: canti di gioia, canti di cordoglio e di incantesimi sovrannaturali. Il disegno è di alto livello. Ma, in tutta onestà, il risultato finale è appena sufficiente; il testo ed il disegno non si sposano bene; ed è la quintessenza del fumetto. Alla fine, appare che il lavoro di forma prevalga su quello di sostanza. E spesso prevale la noia. Peccato, come direbbe qualcuno. ( )
  grandeghi | Mar 13, 2020 |
Lovely and worth rereading. Artistic renditions and retellings of traditional ballads. I recommend this for any fantasy fan. ( )
  ritaer | May 7, 2017 |
I have had this graphic novel on my shelf to read forever. I finally got around to reading it; I originally picked this up because I love Charles Vess’s artwork and thought the concept of him illustrating a whole bunch of traditional ballads sounded really awesome. It was a very good read. Some of the ballads were retold in really wonderful ways, others were just excerpts from the original ballads.

This book consists of a series of traditional ballads. The ballads are first told via graphic novel format. Some are retellings and some are pretty much word for word from the original ballads. Then after the graphic retelling, the ballad is printed in its entirety.

A lot of these were just the ballads with pictures without much retelling done by the authors. There were a couple that really stood out though with excellent retellings done by the authors. The Two Corbies by Charles de Lint was a very well done retelling and delivered a fantastic story while still referencing the original ballad. The Black Fox by Emma Bull was also very well done, Bull gave an American twist to this traditional ballad.

Most of the Ballads feature supernatural being like fey or witches. All of the Ballads have fantasy or faerie tale bent to them.

Charles Vess’s artwork is as stunning as always. I was a bit disappointed that everything was in black and white, because I love what Vess does with color. Still the drawings were wonderful and did an excellent job of portraying the mood of the story. His artwork ranges from cartoonish (in the Galtee Farmer), to stunningly beautiful (in Tam-Lin and Savoy), and even to disturbingly ugly (in Alison Cross).

I also really enjoyed reading the poems in their original format. I love epic poetry and folklore and these were fun and interesting to read.

Overall an enjoyable read. I was a bit disappointed that so many of the “retellings” were just excerpts of the original ballads/poems. Still there were some excellent retellings in here as well. Charles Vess’s illustration was absolutely stunning and really set the mood for the stories. Recommended to those who enjoy fantasy graphic novels or are interested in folklore/fantasy poetry. ( )
  krau0098 | May 6, 2013 |
Summary: The Book of Ballads is not your typical graphic novel - maybe a graphic poetry collection? In any case, there are thirteen entries, each based around a traditional British or Scottish ballad. For each, a different author wrote the text of the story, and the inimitable Charles Vess provided the artwork. The text of the original ballad is included for each, as well. There's also an introduction explaining the sources and history of ballads in general, and a discography providing listings of artists who have recorded versions of each of the ballads in this collection, for those who want the music to go along with the words and pictures.

Review: Some of the stories in this collection worked better than others for me; a fact that's likely to be true for every collection, but which is unique here, because what worked for me was not the writing or the story or the characters, but the degree to which the author reinterpreted the ballad into an actual story. Ballads are almost always little out-of-context chunks of story lacking most of their history and motivation; we don't know what the lady fair was doing riding alone, how the knight came to be keeping consort with a witch, or why the witch was feeling so witchy in the first place. In the better stories in this collection, the authors created a backstory for us, making it a re-telling of the ballad instead of just a telling.

The ones that didn't work so well for me were the tellings. Several of them even made extensive use of the original text of the ballad within the story, without even re-writing them... and at that point, I had to wonder what the point of having an author collaborator even was - surely Vess could have storyboarded them on his own, if that was all that was required? Vess's illustrations are wonderful, full of emotion, hope and fear and love and hate and life and death and horrible dark things and wonderful bright things... all of the things contained in the ballads themselves, basically. They're not quite enough to carry the weaker stories on their own, but they're lovely, and definitely make this book worth seeking out. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Recommended to fans of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore, poetry, and graphic novels.

Also, I highly recommend reading it (or re-reading it) along with some of the music listed in the discography - this is an interesting idea for a book, but it's hard to take the music away from an art form that's inherently musical and still make the same impact. ( )
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Vess, Charlesprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Bull, EmmaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
de Lint, CharlesBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Gaiman, NeilBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Lee, ElaineBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
McCrumb, SharynBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Pratt, GrahamBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Roseman, KenBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Sherman, DeliaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Smith, JeffBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Smith, LeeBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Snyder, MidoriBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Windling, TerriIntroduktionmedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Yolen, JaneBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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TO
Jacqui McShee, Sandy Denny, and Maddy Prior,
whose singing first brought these old songs
to vivid life for me
AND TO
all those other singers and musicians
that carry on the folk tradition,
I affectionately dedicate this volume.
Charles Vess
Abingdon, Virginia
April 2004
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A tale from Scotland’s Isle of Skye relates how music first came to those lands.
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A collection of traditional English, Irish, and Scottish songs and folktales, retold in graphic novel form by some of today's top fantasy writers, includes Newil Gaiman's The False Knight on the Road, Sharyn McCrumb's Thomas the Rhymer, and Jane Yolen's King Henry and The Great Selchie of Sule.

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