Dropsie Avenue [Will Eisner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching . Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood. William Eisner, Author, Will Eisner, Author Kitchen Sink Press $ (p) ISBN Dropsie Avenue () is the saga of the death and rebirth of a New York neighborhood where Dutch, Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants built a city and a .

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Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood

This graphic novel was published as Dropsie Avenue: It can be read as a standalone novel, or enjoyed as part of a decades-in-the-making story with minor and major strands criss-crossing and weaving to form a fictional New York Neighbourhood.

Soon there were only small farms which then divided into lots.

The fragile connection of these spiderwebs is a key thread throughout the novel. Stories are drawn and written in a relentless spin of tragedies and bittersweet events.

As time passes the reader learns of the common threads and lives that comprise the evolving web of the neighbourhood. As the reader progresses she realises the implacable force of time, and, how time can sweep cobwebs away in a seemingly endless cycle of death and rebirth. This, for me at least, is part of the genius of the novel. Eisner spins a web that is ever-changing yet familiar.


It fascinates and traps us, just as time and the neighbourhood ensnares those who come to live there. Escape is only for a lucky few. The Dutch are replaced by the Irish who are replaced by the Italians replaced by dro;sie Hispanics replaced by the Blacks. What is evident in the end is similarity- and not any perceived difference- of the aspirations and the bias inherent within all of these communities.

Eisner evokes our sympathy for and dismay of human nature. He conveys the joy rropsie the end of the Second World war in the story of a soldier bringing avejue new French wife back to his old neighborhood. The optimism of this period is captured before being slowly eroded as the soldier is drawn into the corruption of developing and destroying a neighborhood he loves.

In another wonderful story a woman is convinced her husband has been changed into a dog. This storytelling forms part of the joy of reading this graphic novel. We witness and expect tragedy yet are encouraged to love and hope for those whom dropsiee read about. We learn that a neighbourhood is more than its bricks and mortar.


That it is defined by those existing in its streets, tenements and ruins. Even if you have never been to a big city or to New York, if you live in a village or grew up in the countryside, you can still recognise, sympathise and love the stories and characters that inhabit this novel.


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