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Wendal, His Cat, and the Progress of Man
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Publisher:  Kindle Digital Services ISBN-10:  B00789SMYC Type: 

Copyright:  Feb 12, 2012

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Originally published in 1994 by Lonstreet Press. Presently available at Smashwords and Kobo for free.

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Wendal lives in a vey big civilization, and Wendal's job, in this civilization, is to do nothing. One day Wendal's cat disappears and he sets forth in search of her, and finds a great darkness that has come to possess mankind. An illustrated novel.


"...and Wendal's job, in this civilization, was to do nothing."

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Publishers Weekly, April 1994
Campudoni's graphic novel is an allegory of urban alienation and redemption rendered in childish prose and primitive black-and-white drawings. The eponymous protagonist is a white-collar automaton, a neatly dressed homunculus with an egg-shaped head that brings to mind Edvard Munch's The Scream , except that Wendal's face is expressionless. The book attempts to subvert the numbing platitudes of modern life by juxtaposing an allegorical story about ``the never-ending march of civilization' with grotesque artwork depicting scenes of cruelty and mayhem. A clerk at ``a very small office surrounded by a very big civilization called mankind,' Wendal passes his leisure time watching TV and visiting the park, where he finds pastoral solace and muses that life is ``the most powerful and sacred thing in the universe.' Wendal also talks to his cat, Gai-Pan, who, unlike Wendal, grows aware of the hegemonic brutality of the world and runs away. As Wendal searches for Gai-Pan, he discovers that his boss, the police, the church and the media are less concerned with ``the progress of man' than with money, bloodshed and social tumult. When Wendal musters the courage to talk back to them, he is crucified. A weirdly pretentious but mildly touching parable of quotidian angst.

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