The Cartoonist

The Cartoonist

by Betsy Byars (The Bodley Head, 1978)

Book cover: “The Cartoonist” by Betsy Byars (The Bodley Head, 1978)

A downbeat exploration of emotional neglect and escapism. Byars is deft as a cartoonist herself in capturing Alfie’s circumstances: his drifting isolation from family and peers; his retreat into drawing and his nihilistic attic ascent. Not exactly a fun read, but affecting.

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