Graphic Novel - 2012
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A master of stripped-down, powerful storytelling reworks the David-and-Goliath myth
"Gauld's Goliath is a master class in reduction...a celebration of the Christian underdog becomes a subtle meditation on the power of spin and the absurdity of war."- The Times of London

Goliath of Gath isn't much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: "Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants." Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, andthe isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings.

This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath's side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath's life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld's drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath's battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures. Goliath displays a sensitive wit, a bold line, and a traditional narrative reworked, remade, and revolutionized.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn and Quarterly Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781770460652
Branch Call Number: GAU
Characteristics: 96 unnumbered pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,25 cm


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Vilka May 08, 2018

Simple, understated art briefly yet effectively explores the character of the Biblical giant Goliath as a pawn in a political/military propaganda spin game, giving the familiar story a sad, sympathetic, and thought-provoking personal angle.

Apr 23, 2018

The drawings are great, but the adapted story falls flat.

JessicaGma Mar 22, 2018

Completely brilliant, as I expect from Tom Gauld, and such an elegant reworking of a well known tale. It makes you rethink all those Renaissance paintings and statues depicting David and Goliath. An excellent read.

Nov 29, 2017

This take on a classical tale lifted me beyond a convenient fictional original - from "Goliath was blood thirsty warrior" to "Goliath was a naive outsider who was manipulated by ambitious power seekers" . The moral is - never settle for just a single point of view. You'll never read biblical stories the same way again.

Apr 24, 2014

The tale has traveled far and wide over the millennia. A sinister, gigantic force of evil is vanquished by a young shepherd with a sling and a small stone. The shepherd grows up to be King David, but we know so little about the nine-foot-tall soldier who was slain. What if his real passion was not killing and maiming but filing clerical paperwork?

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/goliath_gauld

Oct 31, 2013

This comic is just great. It will make you rethink the whole story of Goliath and David.

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