How I Tried to Be a Good Person



How I Tried to Be a Good PersonLust S Follow Up To Her First Internationally Lauded Graphic Memoir, How I Tried To Be A Good Person Picks Up Directly Where Its Predecessor Left Off Revealing And Powerful, Lust Recounts Her Life As A Young, Enthusiastic Anarchist Making Her Way In Vienna In The S And Of Her Love For Two Men The Perfect Companion Georg, An Actor Twenty Years Her Elder, And The Perfect Lover, Kimata, A Nigerian Man About Town As Her Relationships With The Two Men Evolve, Jealousy Increasingly Mounts And Leads To Emotional And Violent Outbreaks That Threaten Her Life

Ulli Lust was born in 1967 in Vienna, Austria Her cartooning work has mainly comprised comics reportages Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is her first graphic novel, and her first work to be translated into English She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • How I Tried to Be a Good Person
  • Ulli Lust
  • 06 May 2017
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10 thoughts on “How I Tried to Be a Good Person

  1. David Schaafsma says:

    I thought of Hitchcock s assertion that all film is essentially voyeurism as I read this book Think of the opening of Psycho a series of shots honing in on a hotel room window where two people dress after having sex We go in there How intrusive, how bad, how fun In 2013, Fantagraphics published the English translation of Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust s graphic memoir, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, a huge, nearly 500 page tale of her late teen punk years, where in 1984 she I thought of Hitchcock s assertion that all film is essentially voyeurism as I read this book Think of the opening of Psycho a series of shots honing in on a hotel room window where two people dress after having sex We go in there How intrusive, how bad, how fun In 2013, Fantagraphics published the English translation of Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust s graphic memoir, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, a huge, nearly 500 page tale of her late teen punk years, where in 1984 she went on the road with a friend after a punk concert and made mistake after mistake, many of them sexual ones, almost leading to the ultimate disaster My review of that international award winning book was perfunctory, curt I didn t think she could say she learned much about the experience, really, and I thought at the time it was almost a glib, sensationalistic story I might be wrong, not sure.I might reread it, though, as this 2019 release of the English translation by Fantragraphics of this second memoir, published originally in 2017, features yet another series of screw ups that also nearly get her killed, and I liked it It begins, as Hitchcock suggests, with Lust opening the shades so we can see voyeuristically into her polyamorous life She was for a time living with Georg, an actor whom she loved and had a strong artistic and intellectual relationship with, but had an unsatisfying sexual relationship with They agree to stay together and see other people Lust almost immediately meets Kimata, newly in country from Nigeria, and they also fall in love, though withsexual compatibility and electricity Georg is okay with the relationship as it proceeds, but Kimata gets increasingly jealous, needs citizenship to stay there, and eventually seems to require marriage that s the title reference, how she tried to be a good person As you may have assumed, things don t ultimately go well, after a seemingly blissful that is, hot several months of her being with each of them well, it s hot with one of them, at least As with her earlier book, the wild Lust s lust seems to turn from passionate heat to fevered illness to health crisis Both books could almost be shared with young people as cautionary tales Here s what NOT to do with your body, kids Now why do I like this one better than the first one Both are great train wreck stories, and it may just be that I am getting to know and like her as I learnabout her, but this book only little bit shorter, at just under 400 pages is a better accomplished tale I like her cartooning, I like her honesty, I like her better She re creates interesting characters She s certainly not wholly admirable, but she s a basically good and fun and openly sexual person living life according to her own rules, and she is never boring Okay, okay, maybe it is finally a bit of voyeurism that keeps me in it, as it is pretty graphic sexual comix, but I recommend you check it out Reminds me just a bit of Mimi Pond s tales of her own wild party years, in the seventies, in The Customer is Always Wrong and Over Easy, or Jade Sarson s For the Love of God, Marie Women that like to have sex and are not ashamed to admit it

  2. Rod Brown says:

    One of those graphic memoirs where I find the author s life choices completely alien As the book starts, Lust is around 20 and living in Vienna as her Her parents raise her young son from a previous, um, relationship in the country She is considering a green card marriage with a Kurdish immigrant and dating a man almost twice her age named Georg Ulli and Georg decide to have an open relationship, and Ulli begins seeing a Nigerian immigrant named Kimata In addition to being polyamorous, Ulli One of those graphic memoirs where I find the author s life choices completely alien As the book starts, Lust is around 20 and living in Vienna as her Her parents raise her young son from a previous, um, relationship in the country She is considering a green card marriage with a Kurdish immigrant and dating a man almost twice her age named Georg Ulli and Georg decide to have an open relationship, and Ulli begins seeing a Nigerian immigrant named Kimata In addition to being polyamorous, Ulli is sex positive, and there are a lot of very graphic sex scenes.And despite all that going on, the book is rather dull and meandering in the first half.Around the midpoint, one of the relationships takes a turn for the worse and the domestic violence gives the book focus and momentum, even as her choices remain alien to me

  3. J.T. says:

    I haven t read Ulli Lust s first book, but I ll definitely have to track down a copy How I Tried To Be A Good Person is an unflinching look at Lust navigating an open relationship in which she seeks emotional fulfillment from one partner and sexual fulfillment from others, most notably with a possessive, jealous and sometimes violent Nigerian man She also tries to work through feelings of inadequacy as both an artist and a mother.

  4. Jennifer Abdo says:

    I don t read many graphic novels, but this was a nice change It was a reality great, honest look at various things like race, domestic violence, family, culture clash, human rights It was nice to see a womans sexuality and libido expressed this way as normal and healthy and active instead of the usual peripheral and cursory way I love the way she has a strong moral character and seeing the choices and struggle on the page in a way that would usually be portrayed as weak and indecisive This i I don t read many graphic novels, but this was a nice change It was a reality great, honest look at various things like race, domestic violence, family, culture clash, human rights It was nice to see a womans sexuality and libido expressed this way as normal and healthy and active instead of the usual peripheral and cursory way I love the way she has a strong moral character and seeing the choices and struggle on the page in a way that would usually be portrayed as weak and indecisive This is why women should write The part with the child living away from her was very sad Ten years elapsed in the blink of an eye while she allegedly was trying to get settled but she seemedinterested in bad relationships than her kid But at the same time, it makes you think about these social attitudes surrounding sex, pregnancy and motherhood just because that aspect of biology happens to women, does that mean the woman should be or should want to be a mother and make all the sacrifices society believes she should It s a hard situation The book gives lots of food for thought with very nice illustrations

  5. Adèle Odette says:

    read in French I was excited to read this after having read and loved another one of her other autobiographical graphic novels, Too much is not enough However, I was disappointed While she paints a painfully accurate portrait of an abusive relationship, I found the novel to be slow moving and masturbatory, lacking that spark of genius that turns a mundane diary into a work of art.

  6. Becky Loader says:

    Ugh Not my cup of tea, and so depressing

  7. Williesun says:

    I grabbed this graphic novel on a whim at the library and I enjoyed it The story depicts a lot of graphic sex and an abusive relationship though so if those things are your nemesis, maybe this isn t for you.I was surprised how quickly I got through the entire thing because once I held it in my hands it seemed longer than it actually was Ulli is in a relationship with two men and for a while it s everything she wanted it to be, great sex with one, great everything else with the other dude until I grabbed this graphic novel on a whim at the library and I enjoyed it The story depicts a lot of graphic sex and an abusive relationship though so if those things are your nemesis, maybe this isn t for you.I was surprised how quickly I got through the entire thing because once I held it in my hands it seemed longer than it actually was Ulli is in a relationship with two men and for a while it s everything she wanted it to be, great sex with one, great everything else with the other dude until life does what life does and becomes complicated The story felt honest, I mean, it s autobiographical so it would be weird if it wasn t And since it s about a time in the 80s and or 90s, Vienna feels different and not so different at all Reminders of a time before the Euro are odd in a way I cannot fully explain Probably just because they re not reflective of my own experiences there And then there is Austria s relationship to foreigners and it feels like nothing has changed much in the last couple of decades Not that Germany is so much better at it All in all, this was my first work by the author and I enjoyed it

  8. George K. Ilsley says:

    The first line is The alley was swept every Saturday, and I asked myself, is this book German Close it s Austrian Knew nothing of Ulli Lust or her work when I picked this up It s a interesting graphic memoir of a young artist struggling with being a part time mother, part time worker, part time lover, part time adult She has a boyfriend and they navigate an open relationship Lust develops an attachment with Kim, who is from Nigeria, and many of their scenes really put one meaning of gra The first line is The alley was swept every Saturday, and I asked myself, is this book German Close it s Austrian Knew nothing of Ulli Lust or her work when I picked this up It s a interesting graphic memoir of a young artist struggling with being a part time mother, part time worker, part time lover, part time adult She has a boyfriend and they navigate an open relationship Lust develops an attachment with Kim, who is from Nigeria, and many of their scenes really put one meaning of graphic into graphic memoir It s a complicated tale, as life often is It feels real, neither burnished or exaggerated It is always special to encounter stories that feel real

  9. Dakota Morgan says:

    Ulli Lust has certainly led a fascinating, enraging life There are few moments in this book or its predecessor, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, where I wasn t simultaneously enthralled with her exploits and blown away that she didn t see the poor choices she was making The naivete on display unbelievable But, I mean, we were all young once, we all made mistakes Lust just made a lotmistakes and bigger ones So be it it makes for wildly engaging reading Unlike the watc Ulli Lust has certainly led a fascinating, enraging life There are few moments in this book or its predecessor, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, where I wasn t simultaneously enthralled with her exploits and blown away that she didn t see the poor choices she was making The naivete on display unbelievable But, I mean, we were all young once, we all made mistakes Lust just made a lotmistakes and bigger ones So be it it makes for wildly engaging reading Unlike the watching a train wreck nature of its predecessor, How I Tried to Be a Good Person isof a watching a car crash read There s no rape although some domestic violence and less drug use still plenty Her now five year old son is still abandoned in the countryside with her parents For the most part, though, Lust s poor decisions result in expected consequences, nothing truly outrageous To summarize the plot Lust tries to love two men at once and fails Numerous graphically illustrated sex scenes ensue You also learn quite a bit about the status of African immigrant men in Europe easily the worthiest part of the book How I Tried to Be a Good Person filled me with weird feelings of dislike and confusion and interest I also couldn t put it down So, probably a pretty good read if you want a stomachache

  10. June says:

    An interesting read, although not exactly an enjoyable one Earnest, sticky sincerity bleeds throughout each drawing and its words, which makes itpalatable, easier to read, easier to see the author as a person, and not a character to be judged The story she s telling, it would be easy to pass judgment but she crafts it in such a way that allows for understanding, instead It broadened my perspective, added a small ounce to my understanding, granted me an extra feathersworth of patience An interesting read, although not exactly an enjoyable one Earnest, sticky sincerity bleeds throughout each drawing and its words, which makes itpalatable, easier to read, easier to see the author as a person, and not a character to be judged The story she s telling, it would be easy to pass judgment but she crafts it in such a way that allows for understanding, instead It broadened my perspective, added a small ounce to my understanding, granted me an extra feathersworth of patience I am prone to snap judgments and these gifts are rare and valuable when encountered Easily the most NSFW graphic novel I ve ever read, if that matters to anyone Not unnecessarily lewd nothing, in fact, feels unnecessary in this memoir but very artistically in your face with the sexytimes I d originally started reading this book on public transport and decided that wasn t a great idea Content warning there are depictions of domestic violence in this book that will be triggering difficult for some readers to go through

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