Sugar Skull (Anglais) Relié – 16 septembre 2014
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“The coloring is vivid and captivating, and Burns has written a deeply rewarding, albeit heart-wrenching conclusion.”
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Burns does a great job at continuing the mood that he had set in the previous books, yet gives us an extra helping of the grotesque. I also felt this book had much more emotional pull to it, obviously due to the story winding down to its tragic ending. While the last two books swept us up in a whirlwind of ideas and images and nightmares all seemingly discombobulated, here Burns has masterfully brought all those concepts together. As we link the new images with the previous ones, timelines become present and the big picture becomes clear.
The inevitable demise of our anti-hero has more of a psychological weight to it than a physical one. I was happily surprised by the climax, it was a better ending than I anticipated and brought up some issues of morality now that we could see the true character of the protagonist.
You should read/revisit the first two books before reading this one. And when you're done with this one, you may just want to read all three again, because it's not clear exactly what's going on in much of the story, until you get to the end. Then, it makes sense. You'll realize who "the real Doug" is.
So, was it worth it?
I resoundingly thought so.
With Sugar Skull and this story as a whole, I was not sure how things would turn out and ultimately did not know what I wanted to happen. I tried to avoid anyone talking about it because the other books left me actually looking forward to this, and I was glad I did because spoiler reviews seem to shortchange the experience. Throughout this series, Burns does a nice job making me feel sorry for someone I normally would not, transforming what was ultimately a Hipster's lifestyle into something interesting. He does it with little things like the photographs and his musical additions, through the more outlandish "dream" sequences, through snippets of a relationship, and by adding specific moods. I always liked that about Burns; he can take something minimal and make you examine it until you feel. I also liked that he took the main character and made things about him questionable - for the longest time I wanted to see him as a victim but life is much more complex than that. That is vague, too, I know, I just do not want to ruin anything.
If you have not read the first two books, do NOT read these out-of-order. They are smaller books you will complete quickly enough, books I was honestly surprised to see in hardback form, and ones I have returned to more than a few times. Even if you have them, reread the series before Sugar Skulls.
I am glad I read this. 5/5
Sugar Skull wraps up this three-book series in a very satisfying way. The people that are saying the conclusion of the story is boring or lame or "meh" (or whatever they're saying) must not have understood it. The story is obviously high on symbolism and metaphor as half of it takes place in the mind of the main character. I must say though I was left scratching my head a bit at the last few pages, as I couldn't quite grasp what the symbolism meant. Perhaps going back and re-reading the first two books would help.
Anyway, if you have already been following the story then you're more than likely not going to be on the fence about whether or not to pick up "Sugar Skull". You'll want to get it just to see how the story ends. If for some reason you're undecided about getting the book or not I can say: GET IT! The quality of the printing, the quality of the artwork and the quality of the story all add up to make this a must get book to complete the trilogy.
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