Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer

Written by: Sylvie Rancourt

First line: This isn't the beginning and it's not the end, but somewhere in the middle with Melody getting started on stage.

Why you should read this book: A cult classic never before available in English, these collected comics are considered the first autobiographical Canadian graphic novel. Melody is young, pretty, headstrong, and without any marketable skills, so when her lying, stealing, cheating, drug-dealing, thief, loser boyfriend decides she should dance naked to support both of them, she cheerfully goes along. It's a slice-of-life story with no true beginning or end, just a series of vignettes about the adventures of an optimistic girl who keeps trying to do the right thing.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Despite the vast quantities of sex and nudity, it's not an especially sexy book.

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