Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story

Frederik Peeters

Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story

Young and highly acclaimed Swiss comics artist Frederik Peeters makes his UK debut with "Blue Pills", an intimate, poetic and accessible black-and-white graphic memoir very much in the tradition of works by Marjane Satrapi, Craig Thompson and Alison Bechdel. A deeply moving and universal love story about how we face, and overcome, adversity in our everyday lives - told through the story of Peeters' relationship with his girlfriend Cati and her three-year-old son, both of whom are HIV positive - "Blue Pills" is sure to capture the attention of those memoir fans and comics readers hungry for the next great new work in this emerging genre.One summer night at a teenage house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembers her gracefulness juxtaposed with a wonderful, wild abandon. They meet again at a New Year's Party in 1999, and this time their connection is instantaneous. A few weeks later, when it looks like things might get serious, a very nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positive. With great beauty and economy, Peeters' traces the development of their emotional and sexual intimacy... 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story

Omniscore:

Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Comics & Graphic Novels
Format Paperback
Pages 192
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication March 2008
ISBN 978-0224082396
Publisher Jonathan Cape
 

Young and highly acclaimed Swiss comics artist Frederik Peeters makes his UK debut with "Blue Pills", an intimate, poetic and accessible black-and-white graphic memoir very much in the tradition of works by Marjane Satrapi, Craig Thompson and Alison Bechdel. A deeply moving and universal love story about how we face, and overcome, adversity in our everyday lives - told through the story of Peeters' relationship with his girlfriend Cati and her three-year-old son, both of whom are HIV positive - "Blue Pills" is sure to capture the attention of those memoir fans and comics readers hungry for the next great new work in this emerging genre.One summer night at a teenage house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembers her gracefulness juxtaposed with a wonderful, wild abandon. They meet again at a New Year's Party in 1999, and this time their connection is instantaneous. A few weeks later, when it looks like things might get serious, a very nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positive. With great beauty and economy, Peeters' traces the development of their emotional and sexual intimacy...

Reviews

The Observer

Roger Sabin

There is something very moving about the way in which simple black-and-white illustration is used to convey a psychological situation that is far from black and white. The pacing is expert, too; when the couple have sex and the condom breaks, the silent panels thereafter say more about dread than a thousand words of prose. Thankfully, their relationship is strong, the rhino is kept at bay and the book merits its subtitle: 'A positive love story'.

17/08/2008

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The Daily Telegraph

Sam Leith

The word "positive" in the title works two ways. This, in fact, is a positive book - a highly sensitive and persuasive narrative of the growth of a relationship in unusual circumstances.

22/03/2008

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