TITLE: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
AUTHOR: Stephen Collins
GENRE: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Beneath the skin of everything is something nobody can know. The job of the skin is to keep it all in and never let anything show.
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One day, on the island of Here, an enormous, unruly beard explodes from Dave’s face. It disrupts society, throwing life into chaos as the beard begins to threaten the order of things. It is too reminiscent of There, the dark unknown land beyond the edge of Here. The people work together to contain the beard, but it just continues to grow and grow…
I have (almost) nothing but praise for this book. What I expected to be just a funny story about facial hair ended up being something so much more. Of course, it was still funny – a gigantic beard is a funny thing; the entire concept was hilariously far-fetched, but it was the message that really moved me.
In a safe, organised society, the beard represents the uncontrollable, the unknown: change. And what do we do with these things that disrupt our sense of “normal” – we fear them, try to remove them. Even if that means hurting people.
The question of where the beard came from is still unclear, but I don’t think that matters. Change is inevitable. It made me consider some of the current situations happening in the world today – perhaps with a little more flexibility, a little more tolerance, there would be less “Here” and “There”, less “Us” and “Them”.
For a book about a beard, it certainly was a thought-provoking read. Was the beard really evil? Personally, I don’t think so. It just needed the space to grow.
Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)