The Heart of Thomas

The Heart of Thomas

Book - 2012
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"The setting: A boys' boarding school in Germany, sometime in the mid-20th Century. One winter day, fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death, immediately after sending a single, brief letter to another boy at the school: 'To Juli, one last time. This is my love. This is the sound of my heart. Surely you must understand'" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781606995518
1606995510
Branch Call Number: [GN] FIC/HAGIO
Characteristics: 515 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thorn, Rachel - Translator

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Nakkid
Mar 24, 2019

This is a good book if you're interested in a nice, long read. An emotionally complex bildungsroman, "The Heart of Thomas" is considered a classic manga, and has aged pretty well for being published over 40 years ago. It covers themes of love, grief, suicide, trauma and forgiveness. The moody plot however is punctuated with moments of adorable humor and youthful antics, sometimes with cute Charlie Brown-esque artwork to match. The story is not as volatile as the summary might make it seem. It's actually very quiet and well-paced, something the author insisted on doing at the expense of making the the story seem longer. You have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the characters' world and empathize with their individual situations. Coming in at a little over 500 pages, this tankobon collects all three volumes that were originally published in the Shojo Comic magazine back in the 70's.

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blue_ram_39
Jun 08, 2017

The Heart Of Thomas is a deceptively deep book that's both beautiful and heartbreaking. The story line has no clear pro or antagonist and changes with every page turn.
The book is a story about a boy's quest of love and innocence after another boy's death at his school and the boy's note
A raw book that you'll find yourself rereading and decoding, The Heart Of Thomas' stunning illustrations and compelling is truly an incredible find.

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blue_ram_39
Jun 08, 2017

blue_ram_39 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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