The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson | Book Review

I’m typically not a graphic novel reader, but I am a huge Dickinson fan and so I thought it was worth trying something new.
I think it’s important to mention that this is not something a student studying Dickinson should read. Obviously, this is designed to be taken as comedy, but facts and fiction have an unbelievable power for getting mixed up in your head – best to wait until the exams are over in my opinion.
If like me, you’ve studied Dickinson in the past and enjoyed her work and life, this might be for you. Personally, I had great fun thinking about my school days, recognising the poems and hearing the anecdotes of my teacher as I read.
The illustrations were very unique, Bruno used a very organic drawing style, I particularly appreciated the monochrome colouring and scrawly pencil work. However, I did find it difficult to read in places.
I downloaded this novel to try something different, and ultimately, I don’t think I’ll be travelling back to this genre anytime soon. However, despite it not being my medium of choice, I did enjoy the subtle humour and nostalgic elements of the concept.
Overall, I gave this novel 3/5 stars, although there was nothing expressly wrong with it, it simply wasn’t my cup of tea. If you’re a Dickinson fan, you can check out this book when it’s released on the 7th March.
I’d love to hear what you think about it!

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