Dropsie Avenue is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Will Eisner. There is an overarching plot but no clear single arc. In the form of chronicles, each tale only last few pages. The chronicles tells about life, problems, and solutions about inter-ethnic relations of residents of Dropsie Avenue in New York City. The common plot revolves around 'old' residents bemoaning the arrival of 'newer' residents and frictions caused by it.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 17th by W. Norton Company first published January 1st More Details Original Title. The Contract With God Trilogy 3.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dropsie Avenue , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood. I read this book because I had read the first book in the Contract with God trilogy. This graphic novel is the story of "Dropsie Avenue" a fictional neighborhood in the bronx that is also featured prominently in the other two books in the series A Contract with God and A Life Force.
The story follows the neighborhood from when it was a farm owned by a Dutch Family, till it became an English, then predominantly Irish, Italian, Jewish, Hispanic, and Black. Changin with each wave of immigration or m I read this book because I had read the first book in the Contract with God trilogy. Changin with each wave of immigration or migration.
The story is told as a series of vignettes of people who live on the block, and as their lives intertwine with each other, they either set off or witness events that change the character of the neighborhood. This shows the birth, life, death, and rebirth of a neighborhood.
My special lady friend is an urban planner and the sort of issues discussed in this book are exactly the sort of stuff that she studied in school. This book shows many aspects of life in a neighborhood: Prejudice based on ethnicity, religion, or race, prostitution, drug addition, and other crimes.
It shows ethnic and religious intermarriages. Assimilation of immigrants and many other aspects of life. All these personal events leave their indelible mark on the city. Will Eisner is the father of the graphic novel style. This novel excellently showcases his abilities and work. The writing and art are truly superb. View 2 comments. Mar 26, Nicole rated it it was amazing.
It's not just that the illustrations are great or that the storyline is strong. It's more than that. In this book of the Contract with God trilogy, Eisner depicts the history of Dropsie Avenue over the years, beginning with and going well past the 60s. The depiction isn't just about how the land has changed but the rotation of people, memories and how that has affected a community a neighborhood. Reading book 3, reminded me of how I grew up, and where I am now.
Not in th Wonderful. Not in the sense of this personal being but in the sense of place, location. We forget sometimes how land has its own memories of people and things. We forget how my neighborhood may have been yours, though our memories are not. It is easy to forget about place as a being, but on Dropsie Avenue Eisner magnifies it that it is hard to escape and easy to remember. Book 3 doesn't bring a whole to the parts, it doesn't complete book 1 or book 2, in fact each novel stands on its own.
But the idea is the place, the location, the transformation of how so many individuals who are connected and not connected intertwine because of a single entity. You start off becoming attached to these people, those people and their stories but it really is the story of a place of a building, a block, a neighborhood.
I am so glad that I stumbled upon these novels and I completely understand how a place, a physical aspect, a building, a street name, a block a town can carry so much more weight than our own minds and souls can hold. I just know that he has, and the result is amazing. May 03, Aaron Broadwell rated it it was ok Shelves: graphic-novel. The art was terrific, but the storytelling quickly became repetitive. Okay, I get the idea — each group that lives in this part of the Bronx thinks that it is better than the newcomers and the neighborhood slowly gets worse and worse.
But because we are going through decades, we don't have any characters to follow, and it quickly just becomes the same thing over and over again, with differently dressed ethnic types despising each other. Aug 20, D. This graphic novel covers the life-cycle of a neighborhood. Eisner's art and words work together seamlessly to show vignettes about the changing people, ideas, and politics that shape the lives of the people in Dropsie Ave. Very thought-provoking, but Eisner makes the reader work to recognize recurring characters as they age and change.
It's also highly symbolic at times. It's about as far from a "comic book" as you can get, but that's actually a compliment. Oct 14, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , graphic-novels. I have become a huge fan of Will Eisner. I loved this book as well. Good book for anyone who wants to have an experience with graphic novel medium. They will never think of it as just comics..
Another great read from Eisner. Interesting story presenting the life cycle of buildings. Dec 09, Topher rated it it was amazing. I just could not decide how to grade this book at first. And the ending just left me so cold that I wondered for a moment if my copy was missing some pages or something. But then I thought about it more. It's not about immigrants, though it sort of is.
It's not about fear of the other, though it so Man. It's not about fear of the other, though it sort of is. It's about a thread touched on a bit in A Life Force , but really fleshed out here. The life cycle. It's birth and death and birth again. This whole trilogy is a tome I want to have on my shelf forever, so I can go back and reread every few years.
May 24, Jason Furman rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic , fiction. This stunning historical panorama of one Bronx neighborhood--mostly focused on one lot on one street--is the culmination of Will Eisner's amazing trilogy the first two are Contract with God and A Life Force.
It begins with the English displacing the Dutch, skips rapidly through a few centuries, but then concentrates on the twentieth century as waves of immigrants and migrants move in and partially displace the previous waves--Irish, Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Hasids--often with significant This stunning historical panorama of one Bronx neighborhood--mostly focused on one lot on one street--is the culmination of Will Eisner's amazing trilogy the first two are Contract with God and A Life Force.
It begins with the English displacing the Dutch, skips rapidly through a few centuries, but then concentrates on the twentieth century as waves of immigrants and migrants move in and partially displace the previous waves--Irish, Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Hasids--often with significant friction, bigotry, violence and corruption--and less often with the traditional melting pot of American imagination. The characters are great too, many of them recurring over the course of fifty or more years, like Abie Gold who we first meet hitting a baseball through a window in the s or thereabouts but then grows up to be a lawyer, city councilman, and then when his patron is killed a lawyer again helping in an attempt to revitalize the neighborhood.
A number of other characters, including a boxer turned political boss and a succession of ethnically-appropriate priests make a number of reappearances throughout the book. The story is one of constant change and motion but also stasis--as the same patterns occur over and over again. And just when you think the story has a redemptive ending, think again as a new set of immigrants come in, the older residents flee, and the neighborhood goes back into a downward spiral.
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