Paul Up North

Feb 11, 2016 by

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Paul Up North
Michel Rabagliati

 

Translation by Helge Dascher
Graphic Novel / YA
ISBN 978-1-77262-001-6
7.5×10 inches, 184 pages, b/w,
trade paperback, $20

May 2016

 

 

Rabagliati continues his award-winning semi-autobiographical Paul series in this coming-of-age story. The action takes place in 1975-76, just before and during the summer Olympics in Montreal. Remember gymnast Nadia Comaneci or Canadian high-jumper Greg Joy? Paul is now 16 and in the throes of adolescence. He changes schools, hitchhikes, falls deeply in love, gets dumped, smokes pot and drinks beer. All of this over a soundtrack of Quebec prog rock and Peter Frampton. Paul rides his new moped “up north” to the Laurentian cottage country of Quebec where he makes new friends. In the end Paul Up North is a story about Paul’s struggle to leave his adolescence behind. It is also a stellar graphic novel from a master of the form at the height of his powers.

Also from Michel Rabagliati the award-winning Paul Joins the Scouts and The Song of Roland, now a major motion picture.

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