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Gentleman Jim

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It's a bit existential as well as VERY British (I have a feeling anyone who's lived in England will be laughing over the many domestic regulations suffered by Jim!

A new printing of a 1980 book by Briggs, a famed children's author, Gentleman Jim is a quaint, but interesting book about a toilet cleaner who pursues his dream of becoming a Robin Hood-esque "highwayman. Now, I admit, it is a little sad towards the end and I can honestly say I've never felt truely sorry for a character in a book, apart from Jim. It's a sad, sweet little story about Jim Bloggs, an older fellow who wants to do more with his life than clean toilets, but finds himself foiled every time by cost, experience, and knowledge. Encouraged by his wife, Hilda, also eager to incorporate more adventure into her life, Jim sets out to bring these dreams to fruition by accumulating various accoutrements, only to discover that the life of an executive, an artist or a cowboy is more complicated and costly than it appears. Jim's idiocy gets him in trouble, but the world can't tell the difference between simplicity and criminality, any more than Jim can tell the difference between fantasy and reality.It is a protest against economic rationalism and the bean-counters, who refuse to take the total human experience when evaluating the living standards of those who work for a wage. Gentleman Jim" is essentially about one man's midlife crisis and attempts to find purpose, and it ends up being a tragicomic tale. No tiene la profundidad de 'Cuando el viento sopla' compartiendo el mismo esquema: persona inocente que choca con el mundo real, pero el personaje es igualmente tierno y se lee con agrado.

Scatological humour aside (and there's more than a whiff of that), there are also moments of fine gentle humour in this short graphic novel.Let's talk about graphic novels – from action-packed adventures to intimate memoirs, from meticulous non-fiction to wild surrealism!

But the authority figures look like cruel, vicious robots, and all largely the same as one another; utterly impersonal. This book was turned into a two-handed radio play with Peter Sallis in the male lead role, and subsequently an animated film, featuring John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft. The topic was inspired after Briggs watched a Panorama documentary on nuclear contingency planning, and the dense format of the page was inspired by a Swiss publisher's miniature version of Father Christmas. Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, an imaginative toilet cleaner who, dissatisfied with his station in life, devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it. Jim's dreams are immense, photorealistic depictions where he imagines himself in a new life, while his reality is simpler and often compartmentalized into small narrative boxes.His work has won numerous awards and been adapted for film on several occasions including Ethel and Ernest. But we also recognise all the complicated forms and procedures involved in daily life, and understand what is likely to happen in the real world. in its view of how easily destructive the world can be for those naive fools who complacently follow along, ignorant of the dystopian nature of their lives. James Bloggs is a creature of poverty and ignorance, and his fantasies are limited and conventional. The jobs in the paper all seem to need O or A levels, and Jim doesn't know what 'The levels' are, so he starts to think of other occupations that he might enjoy.

English illustrator Raymond Briggs is best known in Britain for his 'books without words', told entirely though full color illustrations. Jim Bloggs is dissatisfied with his station in life, and devotes his time to fantasising and imagining a wonderful world beyond his confines.I stumbled across this after hearing a Radio 4 adaptation - and to my delight, the book is even better. The story explores common themes we can all relate to such as venturing out looking for a new job with the hurdles it entails, looking for something that excites the senses but confused at the world in general, with all its rules and regulations.

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