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A best-of collection of literary humour cartoons from the critically-acclaimed Guardian cartoonistIn his inimitable style, British cartoonist Tom Gauld has opened comics to a crossover audience and challenged perceptions of what the medium can be. Noted as a "book-lover's cartoonist," Gauld's weekly strips in The Guardian, Britain's most well-regarded newspaper, stitch togA best-of collection of literary humour cartoons from the critically-acclaimed Guardian cartoonistIn his inimitable style, British cartoonist Tom Gauld has opened comics to a crossover audience and challenged perceptions of what the medium can be. Noted as a "book-lover's cartoonist," Gauld's weekly strips in The Guardian, Britain's most well-regarded newspaper, stitch together the worlds of literary criticism and pop culture to create brilliantly executed, concise comics. Simultaneously silly and serious, Gauld adds an undeniable lightness to traditionally highbrow themes. From sarcastic panels about the health hazards of being a best-selling writer to a list of magical items for fantasy writers (such as the Amulet of Attraction, which summons mainstream acceptance, Hollywood money, and fresh coffee), Gauld's cartoons are timely and droll--his trademark British humour, impeccable timing, and distinctive visual style sets him apart from the rest.Lauded both for his frequent contributions to New Scientist, The Guardian and The New York Times, and his Eisner-nominated graphic novels, Tom Gauld is one of the most celebrated cartoonists working today. In Baking with Kafka, he proves this with one witty, sly, ridiculous comic after another....

Title : Baking With Kafka
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ISBN : 9781770462960
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Baking With Kafka Reviews

  • karen
    2019-03-11 06:53

    gather ‘round, booknerds! this is a collection of tom gauld’s cartoons, most of which (all of which?) appeared in the guardian, and most of which are book-centric in theme and somewhere on the spectrum of insightful <————————>absurd in tone. or, to represent that visually:<————————>he cracks me up, and i’m glad this collection exists, because it’s one of those perfect gifts to give to other booknerds during gift-exchanging holidays. tom gauld is one of us.and we can only nod along and murmur, “draw it, friend,” to his often silly but spot-on depiction of book life:and not for nothing, he also draws an excellent sharkthese are two of my favorites, with a variation-on-theme bonus:it’s just fun, funny, booknerdy stuff. and again - a (f)unexpected gift for your booknerd pals. that's not me dropping hints - i already have it. and while i am boasting of my possessions, marvel at these buttons connor got me featuring characters from this book:MARVEL AT THEM!!!

  • Richard Derus
    2019-03-23 01:44

    Rating: 5* of fiveYou're welcome. Now go buy one.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-03-13 03:01

    Tom Gauld produced these cartoons and short comics mostly for The Guardian, some for The New Yorker and NY Times. He has a sort of literary bent in much of his work. I have read his Goliath, a wry story from the perspective of Goliath, and liked it a lot. Subtle, understated, elegant. I read his Mooncop and thought those elements worked less to his advantage in that story. Those are two graphic novels. The other collection of his cartoons/comics I read and liked quite a bit is You're Just Jealous of my Jetpack. This one, Baking with Kafka, is almost all about books, yay for book-lovers like me. You can see them as part of a trend including things like Out-of-Print T shirts and memes with books piled in the shape of chairs or whatever. And why not?I liked this collection just fine, smiled quite a bit and wished I had been reading it as a series of tweets I could have retweeted or posted on Facebook or Instagram. I like his simple, minimalist style, that some people find tepid and boring. It's perfect for the Guardian and The New Yorker audience, which includes me. Mildly amusing, technically solid, aesthetically pleasing, not alt-comix. I sat tomayto, you say tomahto. Oh, what would it be like to bake with Kafka? Predictably, ironic, a maybe a little grim! Not little Debbie Cupcakes, that's for sure. The idea and title are catchy, right?Here's Dov Zeller's review:'s Karen's review, which has some of the book on it if you are curious:

  • Dov Zeller
    2019-03-08 02:57

    Sort of New Yorker humor with extra lots of literary references and absurdity--a dash of Kate Beaton, a touch of Hanawalt, a pinch of Nicholas Gurewitch--work that seems tailor-made for the McSweeney's crowd? (Is this a fair assessment?) Some really great individual comics in here--smart, bitterly intelligent and playfully astute. But a bit hit or miss as a whole.I do think it would make a great gift for those who would appreciate his style.Here are a few gems are a few from the book that were actually in the New Yorker (most, I think, published originally in the Guardian.)

  • Quiver
    2019-03-22 00:59

    Entertaining, most likely to be enjoyed by literary enthusiasts, as well as, aspiring authors (despairing of various parts of the writing process).Five stars for humour in this specific, narrow field. But four overall in the graphic novels category—it's noThe Complete Maus orWatchmen.

  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    2019-03-23 06:53

    Nejvíc nejlepší! Chci další ❤️

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-02-25 02:57

    Book blurb: Noted as a "book-lover's cartoonist," Gauld's weekly strips in The Guardian, Britain's most well-regarded newspaper, stitch together the worlds of literary criticism and pop culture to create brilliantly executed, concise comics.This is a compilation of previously published comics strips, and it would make a wonderful gift for the readers/writers/biliophiles in your life who already have all the books. The art itself is rather basic and stick-figurey with lots of crosshatching, but it's the content of these comics that are the main attraction. While I didn't love every one, there is much that is true here. Don't believe me? Give it a try and see for yourself.

  • Sébastien Coutu
    2019-03-03 06:49

    Je suis content de retrouver finalement mon préféré inclus dans cette collection. C'est celui qui se termine avec Spider-Man et Allen Ginsberg en bobettes.

  • Javier Curbelo
    2019-03-15 07:08

    Sublime. A “must read” for bookworms everywhere

  • Thomas Edmund
    2019-02-27 04:04

    SOOOO funny :)

  • صهبا
    2019-03-19 00:59

    The most most most favorite graphic book for nerds and bookwormsThis book is available in book,audio book,E-book,drone-book,Nanobook,holographic information crystal,recited by a mechanical raven,odourless gas,explained by a patronising robot and T-shirtfavorite parts:''Reality is an illusion created entirely within the human mind,but it's the only place you can get a decent cup of coffee''The sex scene...the characters: OooooHHHH! This is amazing!the writer: Hah! That's great!the editor: Hmm... This needs works.the reviewer: YAWN... This is boring.the reader: UGH! That was awful."To die would simply be to surrender a nothing to the nothing...the meaning of life is that it stops''

  • Vivek Tejuja
    2019-03-01 02:03

    Till now, I have just read one book by Tom Gauld and that is “Mooncop”, which I absolutely loved and couldn’t stop raving about for a long time. And now, the same is the case with “Baking with Kafka”. This one is a series of comics, some of which have been previously published in various publications and most of which focus on books and reading. There are some here and about on pop culture references, but essentially, this one is a treat for all booklovers. Gauld has this minimal sense of drawing which works wonders for me (it isn’t for all, let me also tell you that). The words may not have that kind of impact (mostly, they do) but the drawings most certainly do and sometimes I thought to myself that maybe the words weren’t even needed. I found myself smiling a lot at the literary cartoons. It reminded me of the times when I was growing up and would wait eagerly for the newspaper, only to read the comics page. For instance, there is this cartoon on Jonathan Franzen and how he is averse to any kind of marketing to how a romance novel should be written to when the book is adapted to a movie and the book’s reaction to my most favourite one of how books are classified on bookshelves. As a reader, I could connect to most of what is there in this book. I had never read any of these strips before, so the experience was new and refreshing and did not seem jaded at all. “Baking with Kafka” is a funny, wry book that will leave you with a lot of laughs. If you are having a bad day or in general a grim time, this is the book to go to. Will cheer you like no other.

  • Stevie Finegan (SableCaught)
    2019-02-25 05:50

    This is it, the ultimate book for booklovers. If you have friends who are the slightest bit interested in books, buy them this for Christmas and they will never stop thanking you.

  • Quynh Than
    2019-03-10 01:49

    I would rate this 100 stars if I were able to! Witty comic strips that will definitely make not only writers, but also any bibliophile laughs out loud within 10 seconds. My truly soul-book. Ai hối lộ đi tui mang ra cafe cho đọc ké hihi

  • Suzy
    2019-03-02 01:03

    Hilarious cartoons that especially appeal to readers and writers - and who does that NOT apply to here on Goodreads?!!

  • Hanna
    2019-03-17 05:56

    Some really good pieces, but the majority were just ok.

  • Sara
    2019-03-17 04:08

    *cackle cackle**tee hee hee hee**snap**send*Tom Gauld's got all the literary jokes.Especially great to read just before NaNoWriMo.

  • Elle
    2019-02-28 02:55

    If you are a reader or a writer, this collection of literary-themed cartoons by Tom Gauld will tickle your funny bone. I don't give many five-star ratings, but this one gets one for sure. Highly recommended.

  • Allie
    2019-03-17 01:50

    Loved it! A lot like You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, but almost all literary cartoons. I think I'm going to have to buy a copy for myself and copies as gifts for upcoming birthdays/Christmas.

  • Ryan Werner
    2019-02-22 01:52

    About a third of these were good for a chuckle. Some real prim and proper cornball shit here, the side of British humor that doesn't quite work for me. It sits at about the same level of nonsense as Alan Partridge fantasizing about lap-dancing.This is the fourth Tom Gauld book I've read! I don't know why! Goliath was pretty good, Mooncop did nothing and passed that nothing off as the point, and You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack would have been even better with the good strips from here substituted in place of the not-as-good ones. I'm sure I'll read a fifth Gauld book as soon as it shows up regardless, as I like his art and when his wit can match an idea for it to exist in, he's very enjoyable.

  • Tabrizia Jones
    2019-02-23 05:47

    These comic strips were hilarious! Tom Gauld is very talented. His comics are perfect for book lovers all alike!

  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    2019-03-19 00:00

    3.5 stars.Still fun and funny. Some are better than others, but I think this is something anyone with a quirky sense of humor would enjoy.

  • Tam G
    2019-03-13 06:00

    Enjoyable graphic novel. Each page is a different subject. Writers and readers with literary interest should enjoy this. It would make a good casual gift for a serious reader.

  • Ben
    2019-03-15 01:08

    Even better than 'Jetpack'. Gauld achieves a consistent mixture of the literary, the clever, and the silly.

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-02-24 05:01

    In which Tom Gauld makes a lot of quippy jokes about books and writing, and I am very amused :) This particular release made me laugh more than his previous compilations, which is probably more telling of my sense of humour than his writing skills. Gauld has a delightfully dry wit, and if you are a literature lover, his comics will amuse!

  • Francis Thibeault
    2019-03-15 02:45

    L'humour de Tom Gauld est subtil, mais si réfléchi et absurde à la fois. L'on a l'impression de lire les caricatures d'un homme instruits dont les moments de folie l'ont amené à ces créations. L'auteur nous illustre ici une belle satire du monde du livre et de l'édition, en faisant quelques détours dans les autres domaines de l'art, afin de toujours trouver ce punch qui nous fera réfléchir sur la nature même de la littérature! J'adore!

  • John Lamb
    2019-02-25 01:50

    This is some gentle comedy.

  • Wendopolis
    2019-03-05 02:52

    I laughed out loud

  • Marjolein
    2019-03-02 23:44

    4.5 starsFull review to come!

  • Mia
    2019-03-25 07:06

    Some were funny, most were not.