I Was a Child

I Was a Child Here is the first non fiction book by Bruce Eric Kaplan It is a book wholly unique in form and feeling This memoir is both full of wonder and anxiety and is altogether side splitting and heart breaki

  • Title: I Was a Child
  • Author: Bruce Eric Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780399169519
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Here is the first non fiction book by Bruce Eric Kaplan It is a book wholly unique in form and feeling This memoir is both full of wonder and anxiety, and is altogether side splitting and heart breaking.Above all, it captures what it was like for Bruce Eric Kaplan, and perhaps some of you, to be a child.

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    1. I Was a Child is Bruce Eric Kaplan's (BEK) memoir and is written in a stream-of-consciousness style with small, hand-drawn cartoons interspersed throughout the text. Each blurb is a recollection of an event, time, television show, piece of furniture in the house, anything and everything from BEK's childhood.I'm not familiar with BEK's work but his bio talks about his cartoons appearing in The New Yorker. I can see why he's so popular.The drawings are simple but somehow manage to convey a great d [...]

    2. I just yesterday reviewed a Big Important Spiritual Travel Book, The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, with lovely rich poetic writing and legit spiritual insights, one of my all time favorites, so you have to consider my reading I Was a Child in this context. But I did like this book, the more I reflect on it. It's maybe a 3.5 for me, though I am acknowledging it might have been higher had I not just reviewed the Matthiessen. And a lot of people dislike it for lots of reasons--fragmented story [...]

    3. This is a delight of a book. It is not a traditional memoir; the book is written in short paragraphs but the sharpness of the picture Kaplan gives is amazing. This is a truly talented writer (as you would expect from someone who has been writing for the New Yorker, Seinfeld, Six Feet Under etc). Bruce Eric Kaplan is most known as an artist, though, and his trademark cartoons enhance every page of this book. This is a poignant, honest, amusing and very relatable book. Like most reviewers I read i [...]

    4. Poignant, funny, at times heart-breaking. The drawings, about one to a page, are perfect. I'm a huge fan of BEK (the New Yorker cartoonist), and his memoir did not disappoint.It brought to mind Joe Brainard's I Remember, as different as they are, I suppose beacuse of the era they evoke, a time left behind with all of the relics, objects, ways of behaving--from heavy black dial phones to tin crates for milk bottles, to expressions like "dumb bunny."Emotions were confusing things for me and still [...]

    5. Note: I won a Good Reads giveaway and my review is for the ARC copy.This book is hilarious. But it is dark humor. I think if you like the type of humor that is on the cartoon called Bob's Burger's on Hulu, you would like this. The story is basically an autobiography from day 0 (earliest recollection) to semi cognizant childhood of a very observant kid & the interactions he has had with his family. Bruce was probably an overly intelligent kid who noticed everything. What makes it funny is the [...]

    6. Can I give the rare FIVE STARS to a book that took me about an hour to read ? Sure, why not! This book is much better than a lot of the turgid, humorless memoirs out there, and there's a lot of amusing oddball drawings too! It might be because we were both born in the mid-60's that so much of what he writes about is very familiar to me. The clock on my parent's kitchen wall that didn't work, and was still left on the wall for more than 20 years. The anticipation of watching the Saturday afternoo [...]

    7. ****An Advanced Reading Copy of I Was a Child: A Memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.The illustrations are adorable! That's what popped into my head the first time I read it. These illustrations and the short story are simple. About Mr. Kaplan's childhood memory that when he think again now when he's all grown, those memories are sad but innocently sweet at the same time. I enjoyed reading this book, though I rarely read this kind [...]

    8. I loved this book! It was funny and heartwarming and sad, and I think the author and I might have had the same set of parents. I loved the way the memoir was structured with each memory being its own little random paragraph. It makes me want to write something similar, not for the public, just for future generations.Read it!

    9. 3 1/2 stars actually. A beautiful little book about being a child. The simplistic language is deceiving. There's more here than meets the eye at first glance. Wonderful illustrations.

    10. This book rocks. It is a childhood memoir (though it extends as far as the death of the author's parents when he is an adult) that is both hysterically funny and sharply poignant, without being sentimental at all. I really enjoyed the author's straightforward uncluttered style and awesome crude drawings that accompany the text. A very quick (and excellent) read.

    11. Growing up is like riding a roller coaster on one big psychedelic dream. Everyone is clueless.Most adults have either forgotten that fact, or are pretending really hard that it isn't true.Kaplan is 12 years younger than I am, and though his childhood might have varied from mine in its details, he captured the essence perfectly.I laughed, often out loud.I wonder if the advent of ubiquitous technology has changed the experience of childhood so much that those in their 20s will no longer "get" the [...]

    12. Well, that was weird. I picked this book up because I thought it was written by someone who went to my high school who had a book published last year. Who also works in tv. Whose name is very similar to this author's. It wasn't, they are different people.This guy grew up in Maplewood, NJ which is not far from where I live now. It was interesting to hear location names and imagine them through his eyes back when he was growing up in the 70s and 80s, which was also when I was growing up (in the ne [...]

    13. I Was a Child is a memoir written in short unconnected vignettes interspersed with drawings. I don't like this memoir for several different reasons. I wasn't born until the eighties. Kaplan escaped from a complicated upbringing through the T.V. shows of his childhood. I was born several decades too late and didn't recognize the majority of the shows he's reminiscing about. For an older reader I imagine this memoir would be hugely nostalgic. Because I'm younger than Kaplan, the many pop culture r [...]

    14. I want to like Ernest Hemmingway's writing, because it is (supposedly) so sparse and direct and clear. But I can't get into it.This is not Hemmingway, but it's more my level. :-)A simple, sad reflection on a childhood, a family, a marriage, an era. Told in stream-of-consciousness vignettes and cartoons. I've read several books lately from very different authors all harking back to simpler times when children roamed free and parents didn't worry too much--Free Range Kids, How to Destroy the Imagi [...]

    15. Slight, but funny illustrated memoir of growing up in suburban north Jersey in the 60s and 70s. This is the New Yorker cartoonist known as BEK, who also writes and produces for HBO's Girls among other shows. I laughed out loud (alone, in a room) at least twice reading this, which always surprises me. Roz Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? did it a lot better (i.e more substance, better illustrations) but this has the same kind of humor and poignancy. It also takes almost no tim [...]

    16. I think Kaplan is a funny guy based on his comics that have been published in The New Yorker, so I was excited when I found out he was coming out with a memoir. The book read really quickly, and I enjoyed the combination of short blurbs and drawings. There were a few pages when I laughed out loud, but overall I found my mind wandering and waiting for the next blurb that I could identify with. I would encourage people who were born in the 60's to check this out as I think they would identify a wh [...]

    17. I hated this book for a few pages and then fell madly in love with it. It took me a minute to recall BEK's New Yorker cartoons but when I did the cartoons in the book made more sense - some are aggressively bad, which was baffling at first until I came to recognize the sort of crude urgency of memory that he was communicating through both the drawings and written words. His writing has the same sort of stripped down bizarreness that his cartoons do, but he will just get you with these little gut [...]

    18. * I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *This is a fantastic example of someone making something beautiful out of the ordinary and mundane. Bruce Eric Kaplan writes small snippets - usually no longer than a paragraph - about various parts of his childhood and accompanies them with simple drawings. It is a quick read but is still quite poignant and emotional. Readers who enjoy memoirs, particularly non-conventional ones, should like this as well. I'm [...]

    19. This book was awesome! I was a little disappointed with how it ended, though! With all that skipping around, it could have ended things at a different point. I also think that it could have been more effective if written in chronological order, instead of skipping around so much. But, all that put aside, I really enjoyed it!

    20. Perfect quick blast through someone's childhood that felt EXACTLY LIKE MINE. Except it wasn't, so that makes it amazing (that he made it seem as if it were). Every candy bar, every bad smell, every odd thing he remembers. It is like a list, but with the most exquisite frosting of detail and revelation.

    21. My wife knew the author in high school, and so she picked up this book last night. I picked it up this morning and couldn't put it down. It's sweet, melancholy, and funny. I could totally relate to some of his observations. It's a quick read I think I read the whole thing in less than an hour.

    22. Deceptively simple, this is a memoir that should not be missed. Poignant and sad, but loving and understanding at the same time--at the end, we have a clear sense of why BEK became the artist he is. This is a book more difficult to describe than it is to read, which is why you should just go do that.

    23. Haunting, austere, and full of the sensory memories that define our conception of our childhoods from the other side. Moving, wise, and a book that seems to me to get at universal feelings and senses almost effortlessly.

    24. Not bad. Certainly more a collection of memories than an memoir since there is no connecting narrative except perhaps chronology. There are things about the book that are wonderful memories and delightful moments. There are very obvious, mundane observations as well making for a mixed bag.

    25. It is better than a 3 star but too tiny for 4 stars. I actually loved this book and felt really inspired to write one like it of my own. It was so much more accessable and unintimidating than a regular autobiography. I could do this!

    26. Selalu sedih klo BEK menceritakan orang tuanya, terutama ibunya. Kenapa BEK seperti tidak bisa mencintai ibunya? Jadi mikir sendiri, bagaimana anakku memandang ibunya? Apakah aku dilihatnya sebagai ibu yang tidak pernah bahagia? Kalau tidak dengan orang tuanya, setidaknya apakah ga ada kenangan manis bersama saudara-saudaranya? Kenapa sepanjang hidupnya terkesan suram semata? Kecuali saat dia nonton TV -_-. Aku justru jadi lebih bersimpati pada mamahnya. Tapi mungkin BEK jadi begitu karena sejak [...]

    27. Here and there memories of the objects and mysteries of childhood, fast forwarding to Kaplan's parents deaths. Essentially an illustrated guide to the complexities of hope and yearning while embedded in a depressed household. Touching at points and right on the money at others, as when Kaplan describes his mother as a woman for whom any thing could become a burden. In all, this will resonate while leaving some things lacking, which seems to be Kaplan's point.

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