The Hospital Suite

The Hospital Suite

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino--an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 1997, John began to have severe stomach pain. He soon found out he needed emergency surgery to remove a benign tumor from his small intestine. In the wake of the surgery, he had numerous health complications that led to a flare-up of his preexisting tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Hospital Suite is Porcellino's response to these experiences" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Montreal, Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781770461642
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 POR 2014
Characteristics: 241 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Aug 22, 2017

Not realizing that "mental health" is a sub-genre of graphic novel, I stumbled onto "The Hospital Suite" and read it in a single sitting within the course of 90 minutes. Powerful and memorable if not totally satisfying. I immediately ordered another book by this author. I don't really want to know him personally (he seems like quite a head-case) but I'm interested in knowing him through his work.

Though he seems to have more than his share of neuroses and illnesses, there was a universality in the story to which I responded.

I enjoyed about 85% of this book and, because of the simplicity of the art, it makes me interested in trying to craft my own graphic novel. It is, after all, all about the power of the story.

Sep 27, 2015

Great little memoir about living with chronic illness/pain, environmental poisoning, and OCD. Could have done without one comment about his wife's therapist being a "man-hater". But other than that, this book offers a valuable perspective, especially for folks who work in the human services fields.

Jul 29, 2015

Very simple, but effective, pen and ink line drawings. Dialogue is okay, and sometimes the time line is unclear.

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