This title is the winner of the Rene Goscinny Prize.
With “Lucille”, Ludovic Debeurme takes on the difficult world of adolescence, following the life of a young anorexic woman and the difficult relationships she has with others, who have significant problems of their own.
Influenced by psychoanalysis and the exploration of dreams, Debeurme explores life and fantasies with elegant clean graphics and a profound love of the games of childhood.
— Publisher’s Blurb
I picked this one up on my last trip to Forbidden Planet while I was in London. Knowing nothing about it, I picked it up solely on the cover and blurb on the back. I didn’t even look inside as it was wrapped in protective cellophane.
So, when I got back to the hotel and first opened it up, I was a little disappointed, as the
artwork appears initially unimpressive.
But you know what? I was totally wrong.
The simplicity of the style; the use of lots of white space; the apparent lack of detail; all perfectly suit the rawness of the story being told. It comes across as really intimate and personal.
The story itself follows two messed up teenagers, Lucille and Arthur, as they start to deal with their demons (Lucille is anorexic and Arthur suffers from O.C.D), coming to terms with their past, lots of dysfunctional family issues and expectations, and starting a relationship in amongst it all, and not letting those demons destroy what they are building together.
It is a large tome at over 500 pages, but I am mixed over whether it is worth £22.50 I paid for it.
The quality of the story telling certainly is, but the amount of content, even with all those pages maybe not. I read the whole thing in less than a couple of hours, which wouldn’t necessarily bother me; apart from the fact, it’s the first of two books and I’m going to have to pay out the same again next year, so that’s around £45 for what? Three to four hours reading?
So is it worth it? Well, when all is said and done, I think it probably is (I will most likely be getting the 2nd book as soon as I can, if that’s any guide.) But I would certainly recommend flipping though a few pages yourself first, not buying blind like I did, because at that price, you are really are going to need to fall for the style, or it would maybe better to borrow a copy from your local library.
I should also point out, that as the book deals with all sorts of teenage issues including an awakening sexuality, there are a few somewhat explicit pictures depicting this.