Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 8:08 am
This is a spare and pensive retelling that reminds us that there are two sides to every story, even the most familiar.
In the tradition of works like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Wind Done Gone and Lo's Diary, Scottish artist and cartoonist Tom Gauld offers an alternative version of a familiar tale. In the case of Goliath, readers are presented with the biblical story of David and Goliath retold from the perspective of the vanquished warrior.
Unlike the the Old Testament account, the giant protagonist of Gauld's version is gentle and guileless; more at home with administrative tasks than combat. The spare illustrations, limited palette and minimal dialog strike a perfect chord and highlight the loneliness inherent in being someone as physically singular as Goliath.