That Salty Air

That Salty Air Hugh is a fisherman with a special relationship to the sea a relationship based on respect and reverence But when Hugh feels that the sea has betrayed him his whole existence is thrown out of whack H

  • Title: That Salty Air
  • Author: Tim Sievert
  • ISBN: 9781603090056
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hugh is a fisherman with a special relationship to the sea a relationship based on respect and reverence But when Hugh feels that the sea has betrayed him, his whole existence is thrown out of whack Hell bent on settling the score, Hugh takes his revenge to the extreme, jeopardizing not only himself, but his family in the process Ultimately, That Salty Air is story aboHugh is a fisherman with a special relationship to the sea a relationship based on respect and reverence But when Hugh feels that the sea has betrayed him, his whole existence is thrown out of whack Hell bent on settling the score, Hugh takes his revenge to the extreme, jeopardizing not only himself, but his family in the process Ultimately, That Salty Air is story about change, and learning the price for trifling with the natural progression of things.

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    1. I liked That Salty Air. I did. The art is simplistic but fulfills its function with a rather spare kind of beauty, propelling this small book's small story. And while the art did its job, mostly what I liked was Sievert's evocation of that unique flavour and weight that air only exhibits in close proximity to the ocean. I passed by my old beachfront home last Father's Day as we drove home south along PCH. Through a flood of memories, the thing that stood out most—the thing I most missed—was [...]

    2. Maybe next time this guy should illustrate someone else's writing, because he can draw some beautiful stuff, but he has no idea how to tell a compelling story.

    3. In this tale of loss, anger, and ultimately, redemption, the ocean serves as an allegory for the parts of our lives that are beyond our control. I really liked Sievert's artwork, which to my eyes looks like a cross between Jeff Smith (Bone) and Craig Thompson (Blankets). It was a quick read, sparse on dialogue, which I'm sure was intentional on the part of Sievert. It's a very introspective piece of work. But because of this, I had a difficult time understanding and relating to the protagonist, [...]

    4. I enjoyed the art which worked well with the sparse dialog and captured the expanse of the sea and the feelings of loss.What irked me a bit was the male protagonists actions. Pain is a selfish thing and many times I can be empathetic towards that, but sometimes I feel pushed too far and he was starting to push.Overall I liked the book despite some misgivings about the character.

    5. I could HEAR this book, which was amazing. There's not a ton of dialogue, but I could hear the waves, and the fish, and the whales, and the sounds (and there's not like cartoony onomatopoeia noise things either you just can hear each panel, it's weird and amazing). Remarkably well-crafted graphic parable of the complicated relationships we have with the things that sustain us, and what we do when we feel those relationships have been betrayed. Also there's a squid so of course I liked it. Can't [...]

    6. Fantastic graphic novel. The art is exceptional and masters the use of negative space. The story, though simple, is deep, emotional and resonates well. In a world where comic books often pile on flashy art and convoluted stories, That Salty Air is a celebration of the power of simplicity.

    7. This book is remarkably sprawling for how short it is. The dialogue is sparse, which I think make the incredible ocean panels read that much more strongly. Not perfect, but an impressive debut which tackles a huge subject (the loss of a loved one) in a pretty powerful way.

    8. life, love, loss, bereavement, the ocean as a powerful metaphor and a cephalopod as the god-like figure who giveth and taketh away and helps to heal wounds.

    9. There was some beauty in the art, specifically in the representation of the sea, and I think the cover is beautiful. I didn't really care for the drawing of the main character, though.Where the story really fell apart for me is the reprehensible attitude of the main character. I'll give a certain amount of leeway to a character who has suffered loss, but there's a point where you're just being a spoiled asshole.

    10. Loved the stark contrast of color and artwork of land and sea. Story not so much, been done before.

    11. I found this vaguely boring and pointless. Nice art I suppose, but not my preferred style. I didn't find much to like here. Can't like 'em all, I guess.

    12. That Salty Air is a graphic novel that has a simplistic story line with a moral message. Our main character, Hugh, is a fisherman who provides for himself and his wife by catching fish. They live a simple life in a small cottage that is set by the sea. Hugh is at good terms, with mother nature, or mother sea in this case, until he receives some devastating news. The result? He takes out his anger on the sea for taking away something he loves.Not only does this novel show a great depiction of the [...]

    13. A lyrical and bittersweet debut graphic novel that explores themes of loss, respect, and duty to family and nature. Though it's a slim, quick read, Sievert packs a lot of intensity into his story.The artwork is simply gorgeous. Sievert's black-and-white line work is bold, beautiful, and perfectly captures the nautical landscape. He nails all the details; you can practically feel the sea breezes and smell the salty air of the title. Furthermore, the story is brief but confident; it has a wonderfu [...]

    14. So, I can use some help here. I am looking for some graphic novels (preferably story types, not superhero, at least for now) for my reading class (7th graders). I picked this book up yesterday to check it out, and it was awesome, but I'm afraid it was a little too cerebral for 7th graders who are reluctant to read, and may not really like the story here. The story is a little bleak, but it has an element in it that is just heartbreaking and pretty awesome. The main character, Hugh, his mother ha [...]

    15. Tim Sievert offers a unique look at loss and life in his debut graphic novel. Long-time fisherman Hugh has always held a hearty respect for the sea. When a letter arrives to notify him of his mother's death by drowning, Hugh becomes unhinged. Forsaking his newly-pregnant wife MaryAnne, Hugh seeks to take his revenge on the very ocean itself. Though the tome requires a little suspension of belief, this haunting tale looks at the devastation that a death in the family can cause. Having lost both m [...]

    16. With news of his mother's death, Hugh spirals out of control hellbent on revenge at the cost of his immediate family (his wife and soon to be born child), but when things get hairy on the open water, Hugh gets another chance to save himself and his family.The black and white illustrations make the graphic novel what it is-- with overtones of revenge and redemption paired with the adventurousness and seriousness of the open water and what's truly important.

    17. Off-kilter but deeply felt comic deals with loss in a manner that somehow manages to come across as both fantastical and convincing. A sequence in which our inarticulate protagonist sets about exacting revenge on the ocean by systematically destroying its inhabitants is alternately appalling, heartbreaking, and exactly right; I know almost nothing of death, but I've rarely felt so close to it in literature as I have with those few panels. Not quite perfect, but lean and mean and hopeful.

    18. It seemed too fast- it got intense really quickly and I hadn't had time to really connect with the characters, so it was all a little overwhelming. But Sievert did some nice stuff with word bubbles (incorporating them into the objects in the panel- as if they were objects themselves)- something I think artists could explore more. and the wordless panels of the ocean and ocean life were beautifulNice layouts.

    19. Can't things get a two and a half? Because this is a two and a half. The drawing style was pleasant if not particularly consistent. The story was clear and well paced, although I feel the protagonists would have benefited from further characterization. I'm interested in seeing how Sievert will develop in the future, given more time and maturity, but it's a fine debut. Clearly, a split down the middle.

    20. This book has some lovely passages. Its greatest strength is in the drawing of the environment, particularly in the undersea sections, which were often the most moving parts even when the human story was at its most emotionally fraught.The story has the simplicity of a fable which serves it well, but I found I was unsympathetic to the main male character through most of the book. I thought he allowed his grief to make him a jerk and an idiot, which sort of undermines the pathos.

    21. A quick read about the relationship of a man and the sea. Beautifully drawn underwater scenes, but at least for me, one of the relationships isn't super believable, which is unfortunate since that relationship is the one that motivates the rest of the action that takes place. At any rate, the story is still moving and the relatively sparse dialogue lets the images tell the story, which really propels the reader forward when the real action happens. Nice job for a first-time comic author!

    22. Hugh throws his and Maryanne's simply life along the sea into jeopardy when he reads bad news as betrayal and turns toward vengeance.A man VS the sea tale that is interesting but could have used more character development.Lots of symbolism. Not sure if it'll appeal to teens (the intended market) but I'm curious to see what he does with his second book.

    23. I loved the sparse graphics, and the intensity of the story but it felt a little TOO depressing in many ways. I did love the cephelopod-like (oh I know I have spelled that wrong squid/octopus kind of beastie) creature that repeatedly shows up as if it were an embodiment of the sea and a godform of it's own it wasn't the best book I have read but it was interesting, and well crafted.

    24. When non-comic book/graphic novel readers ask me what makes graphic novels so great, I will refer them to this story. Heartfelt, patient, and tasteful - this graphic novel is a stunning debut. If Sievert continues to produce such honest art, he will be widely recognized for his gifts. Highly recommended for all ages and readers.

    25. A man, distraught with the sea over the drawing of his mother makes a mess of his life while his wife tries to hold everything together. Intentionally primitive and slightly ugly drawing style, a simple message conveyed in a slightly clumsy way. The giant squid is kinda cool, but not too much there over all.

    26. it's funny that you can hang out with a person a bunch and never realize one thing that makes you gutturally similar. life experience is what made this book spectacular. the art is beautiful, the words are true and emotional and this story is a relationship the author is allowing others the opportunity to grow from.

    27. This graphic novel/novella made me feel uncomfortable. Maybe because, like the lead character, I am still coming to terms with my own issues on dealing with events beyond my control. What I liked about the novella is the presence of a loved one who is willing to stick around no matter what happens.

    28. This excellently cartooned meditation on the inexplicableness of loss by Tim Sievert was an absolute treat. The story was brief, and the plot doesn't even really require summation, but it was affecting in all the ways you've come to expect from Top Shelf books. An excellent start to a career, and I can't wait to see what Sievert comes out with next.

    29. The drawings are expressive and tell a full story, though the words are spare. It's a dark tale, and it felt desolate and cold and a little hopeless to me. They live so cut off from everyone else, and all of the emotions in the book are powerful and deep, making for an intense read. It's a well-written allegory (is that the right word?) and gets its point across.

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