1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 187-196: The Sandman (Vol. 1-10), by Neil Gaiman

Story telling is an art form.  There is a history to the craft and there is perhaps no story teller on the planet who has as broad an understanding of the history of story telling than Neil Gaiman, and there is no better example of Gaiman’s mastery of the craft of story telling than the Sandman series.  In ten volumes of graphic story telling Gainman acts as a bricaleur who employs the pastiche and appropriation to create a post modern masterpiece that borrows from the Greeks and Romans as much as it borrows from the Judea-Christian tradition and Islamic story telling.  From Asia to Africa to America, from the Renaissance to contemporary story telling,  it seems there is not a single group who traditional story telling is no present in this collection.  But Gaimen doesn’t simply regurgitate stories he’s heard, but rather adds a new mythos around them in order to join them and create something new and fresh.  The tragedy is that there is sadly only ten volumes to this collection.  When you reach the end you know that Gaimen the story teller could easily turn this into an endless collection of stories.  You feel, though satisfied as you may be with the narrative that has unfolded, there is still so much more to read if only Gaiman would continue with the narrative.  But he doesn’t.  Perhaps it is best to leave the audience wanting more.  Perhaps it is better to leave on a high note and know that you haven’t compromised the integrity of the story telling, but when you reach the end of the ten volumes Gaimen has put together, you are left wanting more, unsatisfied and hoping that another ten volumes will be on it’s way shortly.

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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