This is a book that will take you days to really read. Beyond the introduction by Thomas Mann, it will take you about ten minutes to look at the 165 woodcuts that tell the story. Then you will go back to the start and re-scan the whole story. And again. And again. The intricacy of Masereel's woodcuts aren't apparent at first, but as you go on in the story and as you re-read the book, the raw emotion and verve of the main (and really only) character in the narrative will grad you and pull you into this black-and-white world; the emotion in this story provides more color than many full-fledged novels out there. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone.