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It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth: This Book Is for Someone, Somewhere.

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there's something about thorogood's way of story telling that makes it different from other peoples, but so enjoyable. I’m glad other reviews seem to have seen something in it that I didn’t and people seem to have benefited from the book. The art is the strongest part of the story, helping convey her very real and very scary thoughts of killing herself. Some might be quick to dismiss some of the book as naval-gazing or too much pop philosophy, I think that those aspects are some of what makes it work best.

But over the course of some 3200 days Thorogood faces her depression, including some suicidal ideation, exacerbated by the isolation of the pandemic, and shares with us the meta-narrative of her stylistic choices. I felt no empathy reading it - rather, I wanted her to take control those times she realised she was enjoying her misery. For whatever reason work like this is created its importance is immeasurable, whether that’s in normalising how depression can be debilitating for many, reminding people that they are not alone, or as an exercise in authorial catharsis. As she takes us through the events of six months she is accompanied (to good effect) by different versions of herself, from the kid-she-was through to the horror-figure of her depression/suicidal thoughts, with whom she discusses her situation and issues. Still, once I was past that, even I'm not (quite) a heartless enough pedant not to feel something from the progression through "I don't want to kill myself because he left me.A poignant and original depiction of a young woman's struggle with mental health―through the ups and downs of anxiety, depression, and imposter syndrome―as she forges a promising career in sequential art and finds herself along the way. This book is presented as an autobiography, and much of it is the author trying to find material to fill the book - and much of the material she finds is her own mental state. What we are gathered for here today is to celebrate Zoe Thorogood and It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth, her marvelous ‘ auto-bio-graphical novel’ that deals with art, depression, suicide, and just living a life. It’s an intricately meta book with frequent commentary on its own creation being a running theme throughout.

It is existence exposed in all its messy flaws and joys, a book teeming with life and the feeling that ‘ you’re getting older but you don’t know how to grow up. No, that sounds trite but the idea of letters colliding into a statement that will give a feeling is pretty cool at least, right?A poignant and original depiction of a young woman's struggle with mental health-through the ups and downs of anxiety, depression, and imposter syndrome-as she forges a promising career in sequential art and finds herself along the way. In my life I'm in a pretty good place, and so reading this I can appreciate her honesty while also not feeling myself going back to that part in my life.

This is a visceral book; one that hits us on an instinctual, emotional level as much as it does on an intellectual, interpretive one. Following the release of her well-received debut graphic novel, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott, Thorogood finds that artistic success is no cure for lifelong depression, which she draws as a looming Babadook-like monster. Thorogood is disparaging about her own early artistic forays, but by this point she's impressively adept, flipping between styles and media as moods shift, or sometimes combining them as a form of digression. It's a good place to get to, but it does illustrate the overall slightness of the narrative, in that whilst the artistic endeavour of the book (hopefully) acted as a literal self-help guide for the author, as readers the less self-absorbed, more engaged-with-other-peoples'-realities person she trails at the end of the book is the author who might, in the end, give us more gifts.IT'S LONELY AT THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH is an intimate metanarrative that looks into the life of a selfish artist who must create for her own survival. I ako zanemarimo nekolicinu mladalačkih ('self-indulgent') krindž momenata, bilo je emocionalno uživanje probijati se kroz ovu knjigu kao kroz neku džunglu, gde ne znam šta se sledeće krije u dubini. At one point, Thorogood is shocked to discover how many people find her work relatable, but reminds herself, "You're sad and mildly insufferable.

It doesn't always take a traumatic event for people to have thoughts of wanting things to end, permanently , and Zoe doesn't shy away from that. Her multiple award-winning auto-bio-graphic novel is IT'S LONELY AT THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH from Image Comics. There's no humility to aid feelings of sympathy; in fact, she comes across as obnoxiously obsessed with her depression and how 'not like other people' she is because of it, which also makes her super relatable. Thorogood is something of a paradox, she can draw herself as an attractive, cute character whilst resolutely refusing to recognise that anyone else might see her as attractive or cute.after a little bit of the way through i was just reading it to get it over with bc it is a short and quick read. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There’s the deepest profundity to the flippancy with which Thorogood often dismisses her struggles and worth here. It’s a baffling phenomenon; the unwanted offspring of an unhealthy union between obscene privilege and a performative rejection of empathy.

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