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Hardback 180 Pages / Published: 24/03/2016
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Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially 'Clowesian', and utterly unique in the author's body of work. This 180-page, full-colour story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet. The story opens in 2012, when Jack Barlow, returns home to find Patience, his pregnant girlfriend, murdered. We meet him next in 2029, still haunted by the murder. He hears of a guy who thinks he's invented a device that enables time travel. On the next page Jack is in 2006, watching Patience on her dates with boys. Is one of them the killer?

"This is a deeply affecting book and, despite its gritty prose, colourful language and hard-boiled trappings, a tender one" - The Guardian

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781910702451
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 842 g
Dimensions: 255 x 199 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Patience is a new high watermark for the author, but also for the medium as a whole... Clowes is a singular voice, not just in comics but in American literature." * Independent *
"No cartoonist alive devotes as much effort as Daniel Clowes to mapping the differences between the way people see themselves and the way they really are... Clowes's work is characterized by such technical perfection and well-calibrated acidity... Clowes's new book, Patience, is an enormous undertaking, not just in length but visually and in narrative scope." -- Sam Thielman * Guardian *
"Clowes does realism impeccably...but he is also fond of letting the irruption of the hyperreal or fantastical not so much shift gears as change the entire vehicle... This is a deeply affecting book...its sustained undertow of tenderness and melancholy giving it a surprising delicacy." -- Neel Mukherjee * Guardian *
"Clowes' drawings are as uncompromisingly honest and deadpan as ever, and the twists towards the end are expertly plotted, making Patience a brilliant addition to his great body of work." -- Doug Johnstone * Big Issue *
"A naturalistic feel and the confidence that many contemporary fiction writers try to achieve... It's a time-travelling love story by a beautiful, twisted genius." * Vice Magazine *
"Clowes mixes retro-styled visuals with eye-poppingly colourful surrealism and although it has the pace of a thriller, it's also soaked in a feeling of helplessness as its characters struggle to control the world in which they live." * Metro *
"Patience by Daniel Clowes is the NEXT great book you are going to read... But this book is so good it should cross over into the arena of those who don't normally partake of books in which images and words intersect... read this, fall in love with its majesty... Don't miss out." * Bookmunch *
"Tender and heartfelt, exciting and bizarre, Patience is interested above all in the stories we tell ourselves about love." -- Rachel Cook * Observer *
"As the time travel escalates the book heads towards entropy, gripping us to the very last panel and reminding us just why Clowes is held in such high regard. This is an essential purchase." -- Pete Redrup * Quietus *
"Creating weird worlds, subverting genres and confounding expectations is what Clowes does best." -- Tim Noakes * Dazed Digital *

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“A cosmic timewarp deathtrip to the primordial infinite of everlasting love”

Patience has had a hard life, which isn’t improved by her murder. After finding her dead, her husband Jack goes into free-fall and spends the next seventeen years turning into a combustible loner until he meets a man... More

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