Book Review: The Underwater Welder

โ€œ๐˜๐˜ต’๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ’๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ดโ€

Any @jefflemire fans in the house?? I read this in one sitting and itโ€™s fantastic! Because of quarantine (and a tight budget) I have been using my free Kindle Unlimited trial more and more to find free books to read. I’ve been wanting to read more Jeff Lemire for awhile, so I was stoked to find this title on there. It was my first time reading a comic on the tablet, but I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would.

SUMMARY: Pressure. As an underwater welder on an oil rig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. But then, something happens deep on the ocean floor. Jack has a strange and mind-bending encounter that will change the course of his life forever! Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending science fiction epic, The Underwater Welder explores fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and truth, and the treasures we all bury deep down inside.

Briefly, the the graphic novel focuses on a man named Jack who is/was/will be an underwater welder (that will make sense if you read it). His wife is pregnant and his dad disappeared on Halloween when he was ten. Jack dives to escape his uncertain present, but one day he encounters a mysterious and supernatural event that will force him to uncover his hidden past and come to understand his future

Lemire is great at writing real pain, trauma, grief, and loss into his works. These haunting emotions come out of the page in very believable and humanistic ways. He also likes to play around with memory and time jumps (we see scenes from Jack’s present and past as the line between the two begins to blur). All of these facets are on in incredible display here. It reminds me of an episode of The Twilight Zone, but even more heartfelt.

Also, his black and white style with illustration is perfect for the stories he creates. Take a look at some of the screenshots below and you’ll see what I mean. Some consider โ€œEssex Countyโ€ to be his magnum opus and, while thatโ€™s very good, I think I like this little gem even more!

Rating: โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

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๐Ÿ“Review of ๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•Œ๐•Ÿ๐••๐•–๐•ฃ๐•จ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•Ž๐•–๐•๐••๐•–๐•ฃ +++ โ€œ๐˜๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ดโ€ +++ Any @jefflemire fans in the house?? Read this in one sitting and itโ€™s fantastic! +++ Briefly, the the graphic novel focuses on a man named Jack who is/was/will be an underwater welder (that will make sense if you read it). His wife is pregnant and his dad disappeared on Halloween when he was ten. Jack dives to escape his uncertain present, but one day he encounters a mysterious and supernatural event that will force him to uncover his hidden past and come to understand his future +++ Lemire is great at writing real pain, trauma, grief, and loss into his works. These haunting emotions come out of the page in very believable and humanistic ways. He also likes to play around with memory and time jumps. All of these facets are on in incredible display here. It truly is like an episode of The Twilight Zone, but even more heartfelt. Also, his black and white style with illustration is perfect for the stories he creates. Some consider โ€œEssex Countyโ€ to be his magnum opus and, while thatโ€™s very good, I think I like this little gem even more! +++ Rating: โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ . . . . @jefflemire #readingvicariously #booknerd #bookporn #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksarelife #booksaremagic #booklover #bookworm #book #books #bibliophile #reading #readerlife #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookreviewersofinstagram

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