Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim A graphic novel classic from one of the world s best known cartoonists Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs an imaginative toilet cleaner who dissatisfied with his station in life devotes his t

  • Title: Gentleman Jim
  • Author: Raymond Briggs
  • ISBN: 9780241106983
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • A graphic novel classic from one of the world s best known cartoonists Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, an imaginative toilet cleaner who, dissatisfied with his station in life, devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it His walls are lined with books like Out in the Silver West, The Boys Book of Pirates, and Executive Opportunities, which provideA graphic novel classic from one of the world s best known cartoonists Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, an imaginative toilet cleaner who, dissatisfied with his station in life, devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it His walls are lined with books like Out in the Silver West, The Boys Book of Pirates, and Executive Opportunities, which provide fodder for his ruminations on career change Encouraged by his wife, who is also eager to incorporate adventure into her life, Jim sets out to bring these dreams to fruition by accumulating various accoutrements, only to discover that the life of an executive, an artist, or a cowboy is complicated and costly than it appears Jim s childlike understanding of the world that surrounds him is enhanced by Raymond Briggs s subtle and inventive illustrations Fantasies are portrayed as organic clouds that move between and overlap outlined panels of his reality, and myopic Jim is drawn smaller and softer than the policemen and bureaucrats interested in impeding his search for adventure As he begins to infringe seriously on the law, the city workers and their speech boxes become increasingly angular, much like the rigid rules and regulations restricting his sincere quest With this playful style, Briggs expertly transforms common feelings of inadequacy into an endearing and enjoyable experience that speaks across generations, concluding with an optimistic implication that even a misfortunate outcome can be better than no change at all This classic novel, originally published in 1980, is presented by Drawn Quarterly in a new edition.

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    If you know the name Raymond Briggs, it is likely to be the 1978 book, “The Snowman” which first springs to mind. Either that, or “Father Christmas”, which followed the next year, and featured his popular creation of a curmudgeonly Father Christmas, complaining endlessly about the “bloomin’ snow”. Or perhaps it is even “Fungus the Bogeyman”, from 1977, which tells of one day in the life of a working class Bogeyman with the rather boring job of scaring human beings. These three [...]

    A darkly humorous, kafkaesque story about a British middle-aged man Jim Bloggs who has been working as a lavatory attendant his whole life and who dreams of a more exciting, adventurous job with more of a challenge. Looking at the job opportunities, he soon realizes that he needs "the Levels"(grades) to unlock his talents. Inspired by the superhero comics he reads, and with the help of his dedicated wife Hilda, he nonetheless tries to accomplish his dreams. His naivety soon gets him in trouble w [...]

    Briggs may best be known internationally for his wordless children's classic The Snowman and other stories, but he is also a renowned cartoonist, as Seth's introduction makes clear. This 1980 book is one of the earliest graphic novels, based as so much of his work seems to be on his parents. Jim Bloggs has been thinking of changing his job for more than 12 years. He cleans bathrooms, toilets. He's pretty passive, as his supportive wife, who encourages him to follow dreams inspired by comics and [...]

    A bit of a disappointment from a renowned story-teller such as Briggs. Due to the smallish format of the book, at times it is difficult to read the text or spot clues in the artwork. In some pages, the speech within the bubble is black text on a dark blue background! It may look great, but it impedes the reader. The story is simplistic, and except for a couple of cute humorous passages, entirely predictable.The characters are charming in an infantile way, but not enough to justify reading this t [...]

    This is an odd, darkly comic and rather unsettling slim book, an early instance of the graphic novel--assuming something only 30-odd pages long can count as a "novel." Anwyay, our hero, Jim Bloggs, is a shockingly naive, if not outright dense, middle-aged toilet attendant whose sense of reality is informed more by the boys' adventure books he reads than by reality. He yearns for a different career, and the initial pages are rather amusing as he fantasizes about possibilities (possibilities that [...]

    3.5 starsI recently came across my stack of Raymond Briggs' wonderful books for children and adults, and am working my way through them again.Gentleman Jim represents a protest against official Britain and the tyranny of the bureaucracy. It is also a cry of dissent against the disappearance of meaningful work, a tradition of work that had been shaped by the mores and values of a preindustrial world. It is a protest against economic rationalism and the bean-counters, who refuse to take the total [...]

    Ethel & Ernest and When the Wind Blows are both excellent so when I chanced upon this title at the library I was excited to bring it home. However, I was disappointed. I loved the art. Very poignant and one feels for the simple Jim just from his expressions and body positions. The story didn't do anything for me though. His imagining of being a cowboy then a highway man were just too simple-minded to be believable, not funny to me but rather I thought he was a sad man to think he might under [...]

    Charming illustrations. Pretty good story. Funny, sad. A hapless, naive grown-up longs to be a cowboy. When he discovers he can't afford the plane tickets from England to Texas, he decides to become a Robin Hood type character instead. Bureaucracy stifles his dreams.

    I put this on my "kid graphic novels" shelf because of the format and the reading level, but I really don't know if kids will get the story. It's a bit existential as well as VERY British (I have a feeling anyone who's lived in England will be laughing over the many domestic regulations suffered by Jim!)It's a sad, sweet little story about Jim Bloggs, an older fellow who wants to do more with his life than clean toilets, but finds himself foiled every time by cost, experience, and knowledge. Jim [...]

    Aww the guy who did The Snowman! I've also read a pretty awesome comic from him about his parents, and this seemed like the prototype for that, and was also a sweet, sad, exceedingly British story in its own right. The people progress left behind and the trouble that progress gets them in. And living, sweetly and tragically, in one's imagination. The ultimate conflict and the resolution are a bit on the outlandish side, but, eh, I think Briggs was still working out the kinks in what was a pretty [...]

    I actually found this to be really sad an old man who cleans toilets, but dreams of a more exciting job. But he doesn't understand that a cowboy or highwayman is not a legitimate profession, and everything costs more than he can afford. And the ending I don't know- I found it to be surprisingly dark.

    A fascinating early graphic novel from the primordial stew of the form. Seth provides a glowing introduction citing Briggs as one of the father's of the medium. The story is a darkly comic tale of tyrannical bureaucracy with beautiful illustrations.

    I really enjoyed this story of Jim, a toilet cleaner bored of his job. The jobs in the paper all seem to need O or A levels, and Jim doesn't know what 'The levels' are, so he starts to think of other occupations that he might enjoy. and that's when things start to go wrong.WARNING. This book is of it's time, and the joke is often on Jim, who struggles to read, and mispronounces long words. I winced a bit, but was not sufficiently distracted from the story by that, but I lived through the times t [...]

    Middle-aged Jim Bloggs who has worked as a lavatory attendant, dreams of a more exciting, adventurous job with more of a challenge. Darkly funny and Kafkaesque.

    Ever read a book that makes you want to smile, cry, yell, and hug the main character all at the same time? This was the case for me while reading Gentleman Jim. Like most people, I know Raymond Briggs, for his work as a children's book writer and illustrator (The Snowman being the book that comes immediately to mind), so I was a little surprised to read this short graphic novel that is so clearly intended for an adult audience. It retained the sweetness and charm of his picture book illustration [...]

    What is this, I thought - a kids' book in the adult section? Purchased by the high school? Very British and an interesting commentary on "making something of yourself," which we're all supposed to do based on some yardstick. Funny, sweet, endearing, over-the-top, and satirical. "So sweet and yet so foolish," says Seth, in the introduction. (Also, I just learned that Jim and Hilda are based on the author's parents! Hmmm.) Yes, I could recommend this to youth.

    Gentleman Jim's small size and playful cover don’t give much of a hint as to its dense contents and marvelously constructed themes. At just a scant 32 pages, it's a short yet delightful bit of whimsy that wouldn’t be inappropriate for kids but has enough smart edginess underlying its story that mark it as a sweet story for adult dreamers.The title character, Jim Bloggs, has a steady but un-fulfilling job cleaning toilets. He wants to do more, so much more, and he dreams of it constantly, loo [...]

    I'd never read Raymond Briggs before, but I've been missing out, and I'm a bit ashamed to say it given how much a fan of the graphic novel medium I am!For having first been published in 1981, the art in this thin book is remarkably ahead of it's time (at least when compared to cult favorites of the 80s such as TMNT, The Crow, and others); it is beautifully drawn and painted, and betrays Brigg's background as a children's author and illustrator.The story, however, is not exactly children's fare, [...]

    Is reading unhealthy? Sometimes I wonder. Most of the time I would say that reading is the only thing that keeps me sane. Reading Gentleman Jim, though, brought up one of my other thoughts, sometimes reading gives one ideas that just will not work in this world. Jim works in toilets, cleaning them, stocking them, polishing their brass whatsits. What he is more than a lavatory attendant is a dreamer. He reads fantastical things and desires adventure. I really enjoyed reading about Jim and his wif [...]

    "Gentleman Jim" has a surprisingly darker content to what the illustrations may allude to. Jim Bloggs is a simple man who dreams of leaving his day job as a toilet attendant to be someone more important and to do something more interesting, even though he has no clue of how to go about doing it.When he does take action, hilarity ensues. Or, well, hilarious is hardly a word I would describe the plot as although it does have an underlying comic ingenuity, the trials that Mr. Bloggs goes through is [...]

    I picked this up after reading/enjoying When the Wind Blows. This book is an earlier story with the same characters, although nothing is lost by reading them out of order.Jim is basically a British Walter Mitty, but he even tries to implement his grand dreams of becoming a cowboy, highwayman, etc. With his wife's support, no less, although it was never entirely clear to me whether she was humoring him or equally dense. (Probably the latter.) Jim is very sweet but not at all bright. He also seems [...]

    Крошечная графическая новелла о маленьком человеке с большой мечтой. Джим работает в туалете - моет, меняет бумагу. Он совсем простой подданый Её Величества, не получил в своё время никакого образование, а именно оно требуется для того, чтобы сменить работу. Джим многое не п [...]

    What a funny little book! This graphic novel by the author/ill. Raymond Briggs was written in 1980. He has also written other graphic novels, The Snowman, which came out the same year as Will Eisner's Contract with God, but, because the target audience was children, Eisner's book is considered the first graphic novel. Gentleman Jim is for an adult audience (or at least high school) and tells the story of Jim, who wishes to make a career change late in his life (he cleans toilets). He muses, imag [...]

    I grabbed this graphic novel to read because I remembered the author from my days as an elementary school teacher, when I shared his book, The Snowman, with classes each winter. Based on that, I thought this might be a children's story, but was wrong! It took my brain a few frames to get beyond "Raymond Briggs-Cartoonist" and into this story.The main character, Jim Bloggs, finally acts on his dream to stretch beyond his current job as an expert toilet cleaner. Along the way, he keeps commenting [...]

    While this ostensibly might look like a children's book, there's considerable pathos in the plight of Jim Bloggs, the character in this story. Jim is a decent chap, but unfortunately he lives in a world which doesn't reward decency. (That's our world, of course.) Briggs is ever the rueful moralist here. Gentleman Jim tells the story of a council toilet attendant who just can't seem to get ahead and dreams of a better life. Thwarted by a lack of qualifications, and slighted by virtually every aut [...]

    This is a dark satire on bureaucracy and the common man. The protagonist is a toilet cleaner plus a latter day Don Quixote + Walter Mitty who lives in fantasy worlds of adventure novels. He dreams of the possibility of taking up other professions but is unable to get any because he does not have the education (or "the levels" as he calls it). And to get any job seems to require much more money than he has. Until, that is, he becomes a highwayman.This is a sad book about how people in the society [...]

    Strange little graphic novel about a very naive older gentelman named Jim. Jim is tired of cleaning toilets and dreams of doing something more exciting like being a Helicopter, a gun slinging cowboy, an artist, or a highway man. As it turns out the only thing he can afford and is close to qualifying for is strange version of a highway man. He doesn't have the required "levels" needed to qualify for other jobs he finds in the classifieds. The British slang and terminology may be unfamiliar to som [...]

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