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ゴリアテゴリアテ
(2013/03/20)
トム・ゴールド

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ブログを新しくしてからも取り上げさせてもらったダビデとゴリアテのお話し。小さいものが強大なものに挑戦する場合のこのイメージが用いられるようです。

(オックスフォード)
David and Goliath ADJECTIVE
used to describe a situation in which a small or weak person or organization tries to defeat another much larger or stronger opponent
The match looks like being a David and Goliath contest.
From the Bible story in which Goliath, a giant, is killed by the boy David with a stone.


よく参照されるイメージたくさん知っておくと楽しみの幅が広がります。最近以下のようなグラフィックノベルが発売されたようです。

(アマゾンの説明)
今、世界中で話題のグラフィックノベルが遂に日本初上陸!

「この物語をどう味わうのか、そこは読者に委ねられている。
何かと忙しい日常の中で、これを何時じっくり味わうのか、それも読者に委ねられている。……岩井俊二」

体は大きいけれど、優しい番兵ゴリアテは、敵に一騎打ちをいどむ任務を与えられる。
それも負けた側が勝った側の奴隷になるという条件つきでーー。
トム・ゴールドのとぼけた絵がなんともいえない切なさをかもしだす、旧約聖書のエピソードをもとにした物語。

下記の書評ではit retells the famous biblical story of David and Goliath from the point of view of Goliathと説明されています。ゴリアテの視点からこの話を捉えたらどうなるか、そしてもしゴリアテが争いを嫌う心優しい人物だったらという視点で書かれているものでした。

英語版の抜粋はこちらから。

BOOK REVIEW – Goliath by Tom Gauld (Graphic Novel)
By Marty Mulrooney

Goliath is a graphic novel by Scottish cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld. Published by Drawn & Quarterly, it retells the famous biblical story of David and Goliath from the point of view of Goliath of Grath himself, a gentle giant who actually prefers doing paperwork to fighting.

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Goliath tells a familiar story from a fresh angle and the results prove delightful. Graphic novels have the power to move and stir emotions as successfully as any novel. The only real negative of Goliath is its brevity – at 96 pages, this charming tale will easily be consumed within an hour, if not less. Perhaps more graphic novella than graphic novel then, but don’t let that put you off. Goliath is one of the very best of its genre and shouldn’t be missed, especially by those who like their humour spiked with a healthy dose of melancholy – the ending, when it comes, is a total knockout.

下記の書評にある以下の部分に共感を覚えます。

In Goliath, Gauld renders his obsessions with various aspects of daily life which we can all relate to: the middle management of the army captain serving his superior; the fantastically personal questions of the boy shield-bearer; and Goliath's put-upon reluctance to be part of the army's puffed up, gung-ho spiel.

we can all relate toにあったcan relate toという表現は、感想を述べる時に使えそうですね。

(英辞郎)
I can relate to your feelings because I had a similar experience.
私も同じような経験があるから、あなたの気持ちに共感できる。

Some readers can relate to the subject.
一部の読者はこのテーマに共鳴[共感]できる。

The generation now can relate to film very easily.
今の世代にとって映画は身近なものだ。


When Goliath met David
Books, Illustration
Posted by Mark Sinclair, 2 March 2012, 15:12

In Tom Gauld's new story, the Biblical tale of David and Goliath is retold from the giant's point of view, making for the comic book artist's most accomplished and moving work to date...

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In Goliath, Gauld renders his obsessions with various aspects of daily life which we can all relate to: the middle management of the army captain serving his superior; the fantastically personal questions of the boy shield-bearer; and Goliath's put-upon reluctance to be part of the army's puffed up, gung-ho spiel.

As a character, Gauld's Goliath gets our sympathy from the outset and his story is beautifully brought to life by one of the UK's best. A win for the giant.


一番共感できて、よくまとまっている書評は下記のアマゾンの読者書評でしょうか。

5.0 out of 5 stars David V Goliath, Man vs Myth..., 4 May 2012
By Stephen Collins (UK) - See all my reviews

Goliath is a beautiful, thought-provoking meditation on the myths we make from people's lives, and one of the best graphic novels to come out of Britain in recent years.

Tom Gauld has made something of a trademark of witty, calm storytelling with a dark undertone, and Goliath shows him at his best. We know the tragic ending to this tale already, so the discoveries the reader makes give the tale a kind of backward structure with all unknown elements - the big man behind the big myth, his backstory and character - being delicately fleshed out over the course of the tale.

Gauld's artwork is elegant as ever, with not a line wasted and everything sitting in its right place on the page. There's a beautifully light touch to the writing too, with apparently inconsequential - and often very funny - chatter between characters sometimes stretching out for pages. It's a slow, meditative and beautiful build to an inevitably tragic end.

It's not giving too much away to say that it all ends badly for Goliath, but it's Gauld's use of the 'violent noise' comic book convention at that climactic point, that really got me in the eye. It's the saddest noise you'll ever read.

せっかくなんんで、イマイチとしている書評も合わせて確認しておきます。

3.0 out of 5 stars Minimalistic, December 9, 2012
By Kaikaikiki - See all my reviews

I was a bit disappointed by the artwork when i opened the book. But when i started tor read it i found the style was fitting the story very well. I liked the mood of the book very much but wasn't always convinced by every drawings.

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great, November 16, 2012
By Federico Huffmann - See all my reviews

It is Rather simple. It has few dialogues. Not bad, but I enjoy reading more.
Nice drawings. A twist to the story we all know.

ゴリアテからこの話を捉え直してみるのは自分にとっては「コロンブスの卵」的なものでした。他の人の立場に立ってみるというのは口で言うのは簡単なんですけど、知らず知らずのうちに自分の世界からしか物を見れなくなってしまいます(汗)

音が小さめですが、作者のインタビューです。
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