I Was a Child (2020)

I Was a Child Bruce Eric Kaplan I Was a Child Here is the first non fiction book by Bruce Eric Kaplan It is a book wholly unique in form and feeling This memoir is both full of wonder and anxiety and is altogether side splitting and heart breaki
  • Title: I Was a Child
  • Author: Bruce Eric Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780399169519
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
I Was a Child Bruce Eric Kaplan Here is the first non fiction book by Bruce Eric Kaplan It is a book wholly unique in form and feeling This memoir is both full of wonder and anxiety, and is altogether side splitting and heart breaking.Above all, it captures what it was like for Bruce Eric Kaplan, and perhaps some of you, to be a child.
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  1. Heidi The Hippie Reader

    I Was a Child is Bruce Eric Kaplan s BEK memoir and is written in a stream of consciousness style with small, hand drawn cartoons interspersed throughout the text Each blurb is a recollection of an event, time, television show, piece of furniture in the house, anything and everything from BEK s childhood.I m not familiar with BEK s work but his bio talks about his cartoons appearing in The New Yorker I can see why he s so popular.The drawings are simple but somehow manage to convey a great depth [...]

  2. David Schaafsma

    I just yesterday reviewed a Big Important Spiritual Travel Book, The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, with lovely rich poetic writing and legit spiritual insights, one of my all time favorites, so you have to consider my reading I Was a Child in this context But I did like this book, the I reflect on it It s maybe a 3.5 for me, though I am acknowledging it might have been higher had I not just reviewed the Matthiessen And a lot of people dislike it for lots of reasons fragmented story, muted, [...]

  3. Aisling

    This is a delight of a book It is not a traditional memoir the book is written in short paragraphs but the sharpness of the picture Kaplan gives is amazing This is a truly talented writer as you would expect from someone who has been writing for the New Yorker, Seinfeld, Six Feet Under etc Bruce Eric Kaplan is most known as an artist, though, and his trademark cartoons enhance every page of this book This is a poignant, honest, amusing and very relatable book Like most reviewers I read it in one [...]

  4. Jessica

    Poignant, funny, at times heart breaking The drawings, about one to a page, are perfect I m a huge fan of BEK the New Yorker cartoonist , and his memoir did not disappoint.It brought to mind Joe Brainard s I Remember, as different as they are, I suppose beacuse of the era they evoke, a time left behind with all of the relics, objects, ways of behaving from heavy black dial phones to tin crates for milk bottles, to expressions like dumb bunny Emotions were confusing things for me and still are I [...]

  5. Reading Harbor

    Note I won a Good Reads giveaway and my review is for the ARC copy.This book is hilarious But it is dark humor I think if you like the type of humor that is on the cartoon called Bob s Burger s on Hulu, you would like this The story is basically an autobiography from day 0 earliest recollection to semi cognizant childhood of a very observant kid the interactions he has had with his family Bruce was probably an overly intelligent kid who noticed everything What makes it funny is the deadpan and t [...]

  6. Peter

    Can I give the rare FIVE STARS to a book that took me about an hour to read Sure, why not This book is much better than a lot of the turgid, humorless memoirs out there, and there s a lot of amusing oddball drawings too It might be because we were both born in the mid 60 s that so much of what he writes about is very familiar to me The clock on my parent s kitchen wall that didn t work, and was still left on the wall for than 20 years The anticipation of watching the Saturday afternoon Creature [...]

  7. Amanda Sheila

    An Advanced Reading Copy of I Was a Child A Memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.The illustrations are adorable That s what popped into my head the first time I read it These illustrations and the short story are simple About Mr Kaplan s childhood memory that when he think again now when he s all grown, those memories are sad but innocently sweet at the same time I enjoyed reading this book, though I rarely read this kind of genre [...]

  8. Karen McQuestion

    I loved this book It was funny and heartwarming and sad, and I think the author and I might have had the same set of parents I loved the way the memoir was structured with each memory being its own little random paragraph It makes me want to write something similar, not for the public, just for future generations.Read it

  9. Diane Barnes

    3 1 2 stars actually A beautiful little book about being a child The simplistic language is deceiving There s here than meets the eye at first glance Wonderful illustrations.

  10. Nancy Ellen

    This book rocks It is a childhood memoir though it extends as far as the death of the author s parents when he is an adult that is both hysterically funny and sharply poignant, without being sentimental at all I really enjoyed the author s straightforward uncluttered style and awesome crude drawings that accompany the text A very quick and excellent read.

  11. Kerfe

    Growing up is like riding a roller coaster on one big psychedelic dream Everyone is clueless.Most adults have either forgotten that fact, or are pretending really hard that it isn t true.Kaplan is 12 years younger than I am, and though his childhood might have varied from mine in its details, he captured the essence perfectly.I laughed, often out loud.I wonder if the advent of ubiquitous technology has changed the experience of childhood so much that those in their 20s will no longer get the wor [...]

  12. shirley

    Well, that was weird I picked this book up because I thought it was written by someone who went to my high school who had a book published last year Who also works in tv Whose name is very similar to this author s It wasn t, they are different people.This guy grew up in Maplewood, NJ which is not far from where I live now It was interesting to hear location names and imagine them through his eyes back when he was growing up in the 70s and 80s, which was also when I was growing up in the neighbor [...]

  13. Anna

    I Was a Child is a memoir written in short unconnected vignettes interspersed with drawings I don t like this memoir for several different reasons I wasn t born until the eighties Kaplan escaped from a complicated upbringing through the T.V shows of his childhood I was born several decades too late and didn t recognize the majority of the shows he s reminiscing about For an older reader I imagine this memoir would be hugely nostalgic Because I m younger than Kaplan, the many pop culture referenc [...]

  14. Laura

    I want to like Ernest Hemmingway s writing, because it is supposedly so sparse and direct and clear But I can t get into it.This is not Hemmingway, but it s my level A simple, sad reflection on a childhood, a family, a marriage, an era Told in stream of consciousness vignettes and cartoons I ve read several books lately from very different authors all harking back to simpler times when children roamed free and parents didn t worry too much Free Range Kids, How to Destroy the Imagination of Your [...]

  15. juliemcl

    Slight, but funny illustrated memoir of growing up in suburban north Jersey in the 60s and 70s This is the New Yorker cartoonist known as BEK, who also writes and produces for HBO s Girls among other shows I laughed out loud alone, in a room at least twice reading this, which always surprises me Roz Chast s Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant did it a lot better i.e substance, better illustrations but this has the same kind of humor and poignancy It also takes almost no time to read.

  16. Michelle

    I think Kaplan is a funny guy based on his comics that have been published in The New Yorker, so I was excited when I found out he was coming out with a memoir The book read really quickly, and I enjoyed the combination of short blurbs and drawings There were a few pages when I laughed out loud, but overall I found my mind wandering and waiting for the next blurb that I could identify with I would encourage people who were born in the 60 s to check this out as I think they would identify a whole [...]

  17. Erin

    I hated this book for a few pages and then fell madly in love with it It took me a minute to recall BEK s New Yorker cartoons but when I did the cartoons in the book made sense some are aggressively bad, which was baffling at first until I came to recognize the sort of crude urgency of memory that he was communicating through both the drawings and written words His writing has the same sort of stripped down bizarreness that his cartoons do, but he will just get you with these little gut punches [...]

  18. Bethany

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is a fantastic example of someone making something beautiful out of the ordinary and mundane Bruce Eric Kaplan writes small snippets usually no longer than a paragraph about various parts of his childhood and accompanies them with simple drawings It is a quick read but is still quite poignant and emotional Readers who enjoy memoirs, particularly non conventional ones, should like this as well I m certainly g [...]

  19. Jessica Creason

    This book was awesome I was a little disappointed with how it ended, though With all that skipping around, it could have ended things at a different point I also think that it could have been effective if written in chronological order, instead of skipping around so much But, all that put aside, I really enjoyed it

  20. Nancy

    Perfect quick blast through someone s childhood that felt EXACTLY LIKE MINE Except it wasn t, so that makes it amazing that he made it seem as if it were Every candy bar, every bad smell, every odd thing he remembers It is like a list, but with the most exquisite frosting of detail and revelation.

  21. Bill Horne

    My wife knew the author in high school, and so she picked up this book last night I picked it up this morning and couldn t put it down It s sweet, melancholy, and funny I could totally relate to some of his observations It s a quick read I think I read the whole thing in less than an hour.

  22. Susan Merrell

    Deceptively simple, this is a memoir that should not be missed Poignant and sad, but loving and understanding at the same time at the end, we have a clear sense of why BEK became the artist he is This is a book difficult to describe than it is to read, which is why you should just go do that.

  23. Jeremy

    Haunting, austere, and full of the sensory memories that define our conception of our childhoods from the other side Moving, wise, and a book that seems to me to get at universal feelings and senses almost effortlessly.

  24. Jeffrey D.

    Not bad Certainly a collection of memories than an memoir since there is no connecting narrative except perhaps chronology There are things about the book that are wonderful memories and delightful moments There are very obvious, mundane observations as well making for a mixed bag.

  25. Carol Feldman

    It is better than a 3 star but too tiny for 4 stars I actually loved this book and felt really inspired to write one like it of my own It was so much accessable and unintimidating than a regular autobiography I could do this

  26. Sri

    Selalu sedih klo BEK menceritakan orang tuanya, terutama ibunya Kenapa BEK seperti tidak bisa mencintai ibunya Jadi mikir sendiri, bagaimana anakku memandang ibunya Apakah aku dilihatnya sebagai ibu yang tidak pernah bahagia Kalau tidak dengan orang tuanya, setidaknya apakah ga ada kenangan manis bersama saudara saudaranya Kenapa sepanjang hidupnya terkesan suram semata Kecuali saat dia nonton TV _ Aku justru jadi lebih bersimpati pada mamahnya Tapi mungkin BEK jadi begitu karena sejak kecil dia [...]

  27. Mary

    Here and there memories of the objects and mysteries of childhood, fast forwarding to Kaplan s parents deaths Essentially an illustrated guide to the complexities of hope and yearning while embedded in a depressed household Touching at points and right on the money at others, as when Kaplan describes his mother as a woman for whom any thing could become a burden In all, this will resonate while leaving some things lacking, which seems to be Kaplan s point.

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