“Talisman is a book about a book:
It’s the book that’s never there when you wake up, no matter how hard you try to take it with you.
The book you steal when you’re too young to understand it’s not the only copy in the world.”
I picked up this graphic novel because the cover reminded me of the cover for The Neverending Story. I read the description above and felt it was a book I needed to read. It speaks of books from the past, and stories half-remembered that you look for by habit every time you go to the shelf. As I usually do, I flipped through it real quick to check out the art. What I found was crisp and clean. No flash and pizzazz, just straight forward art that tells the story of a little girl, and her favorite book.
As I read the story I fell in love with the main character, Marcie and her quirky family. Marcie draws you into her story, and then leads you along it’s path. A story that is fun and sad at the same time. Marcie introduces you to her favorite book, filled with all the wonders of imagination you remember from the first novel you ever read. When you first meet the book it is being read to her by a family friend, and her mom’s lover I think. You also meet the rest of her family as you read through this graphic novel. Her transgender brother, snobby older sister, a father drowning in an illness that drives him mad, and her career oriented mother. You see the impact these people have on her life. As she grows older Marcie decides that she wants to write a book. Marcie’s search for her muse, and the perfect book to write her story in take her through life moments that have an impact on the outcome of her story.
I really hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It’s a book about the exploration of the love of a good book, the struggle of writing, and the never-ending need for imagination.