Schulz and Peanuts
- A Biography
- Narrated by: Holter Graham
- Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 16-10-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
With Peanuts, Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always. It was the central truth of his own life, that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be, we can free ourselves, if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny-looking kids. Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century. But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation: the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar world.
Michaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us, revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American life.
"This fine, exhaustive text is well-organized and knowledgeable....Michaelis offers considerable insight into the semiotics of comics and the psyche of a master of the craft." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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By Harald-Gerd on 29-03-09
Are you a good man Charles Schulz ?
Yes, this is a very interesting audio-book but you really need to be into Peanuts to like it. Despite Sparky Schulz' great achievement of 50 years of Peanuts his life is not so spectacular. Of course: he spent most of his time at the drawing board. However, it's fascinating to understand the deeper meaning of the strip, of finding out how he came up with his ideas and characters. The book manages a good mix between Schulz' life and the coming to life of his characters. It surely is no adventure story, but an insight into the life of one the world's greatest comic artists.
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By B. Steele on 03-05-08
Not as dark as you've heard
This seemed to me to be a fair and overwhelmingly positive portrait of Schulz. I'm not sure what his kids are upset about--so Dad was generally melancholy and a bit removed. What do they think made him a cartoon genius? And his love for them and for his wives is also quite palpable. The stories about where all the ideas and characters for Peanuts came from are quite entertaining. The story of A Charlie Brown Christmas alone is quite revealing. I was rather disappointed not to hear a bit more about the business end of things--how Peanuts became an industry and how Schultz's characters wound up selling snack cakes and life insurance and all that. There's an amazing business story that's not told here, and the author suggests that that's because Schultz himself sort of let it happen via his surrogates rather than directing it himself. But that seems a bit of a copout. On the other hand, the book is quite long enough, there's no real dross here, so I can't complain too much. Recommended.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Michael on 10-04-08
When reading the Peanuts cartoons, I often wondered if the characters were in any way developed from children or people Mr. Schulz knew.
It was interesting to learn they were so interrelated with Mr. Schulz' own family and friends.
It was also interesting to read about Mr. Schulz' life.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful