When David Lost His Voice, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The doctor's verdict is final: David has cancer. There is still a possibility of remission, but it is very small. And if the tumour kills him, David won't have a chance to see his baby granddaughter Louise grow up.

We see his wife become progressively consumed by the looming shadow of death, in Vanistendael's sensitive portrayal of a family battling cancer.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 280 pages, chiefly col. illustrations
  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 9781906838546



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A graphic novel about chronic illness? Sign me up. The watercolors in this book do an amazing job at conveying the sudden lack of definition when confronted with dire news from a medical professional. I was never entirely sure about the relationship between some of the characters, but that just felt like the book was forcing me to identify what was important versus what was not when facing David's diagnosis. The juxtaposition between David's reactions and his youngest daughter's really highlight the change in understanding of life and death as a person moves from childhood through adulthood. The silence from David was palpable in the artwork and text, though the ending was a bit puzzling for me, and it made me question if I really understood his relation to the female characters in the story.

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Sometimes I feel that I read graphic novels too quickly. This is a very sad and moving account of cancer. The images are amazing.

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