In a way that only the medium of comics can, The Book of Hope slows the reader down to the rhythms of the silent life of a retired couple living in a rural countryside. Behind the static, routine moments of everyday life something bigger takes shape. A flash of encroaching death starts to consume the husband, leading to visions and questions. This graphic novel from cartoonist Tommi Musturi is a thoughtful exploration of the human condition, and the series of mostly quotidian moments that make up most of our lives. The strong presence of silence and nature reflect the arctic exotica of Musturi’s native Finland, but with a relatability, eloquence, and economy that will remind American readers of Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan. The Book of Hope is a humane book filled with timeless humor and life itself.
“Filled with weird jokes, funny cartoon gags, and surprisingly poignant observations on aging, death, and—yes—hope, the books' portrayal of the little scenes that make up life and lend it its meaning are uniformly lovely. The illustrations are beautiful, and without trying to spoil anything, the later chapters more than live up to the name of the book. It's a nice, off-kilter story about what happens when you let hope into the darkness that life can seem to hold. ” — Under the Radar
“Musturi’s use of color is particularly strong, reminiscent of ‘60s black-light posters, but applied to less majestic scenes. ... The Book of Hope conveys a lovely strangeness to the stripped-down lifestyle it captures. ” — Paste Magazine
“The book’s visual splendor, especially in its depiction of rural Finland, elevates it into something more magical. ... Those interested in alternative comics, nature illustration, and experimental approaches to storytelling will find much to linger over. ” — Publishers Weekly