A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
A.D. follows each of the six from the hours before Katrina struck to its horrific aftermath. Here is Denise, a sixth-generation New Orleanian who will experience the chaos of the Superdome; the Doctor,...more
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The stories and pictures from the city were grim — people drowned in their homes because the water rose so fast; others were stranded on rooftops, sometimes waiting days to be rescued. And thousands took shelter at the Louisiana Superdome, which quickly became overwhelmed by the humanity.
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My only complaint is that I would've liked even more st ...more
The characters I found most interesting were Abbas, who along with his friend Darnell, decides to stay in the city to protect his convenience store from looters, Denise and her relatives who end up being shunted to the convention center, and a wealthy doctor who throws a "hurricane party" at his French Quarter home.
It's something of a nerve wracking read. You know bad things are go ...more
Two spooky things happened surrounding the reading of this book. The first was that—completely by chance, I swear—we scheduled our bookclub meeting on the actual anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The second was that the week before said meeting, New York had our very own super-mega-huge-ass hurricane… Well, that’s what we were led to believe was coming, anyhow, that Irene was howling toward us with her screaming rage, ready to visit upon our city destruction of a magnitu ...more
I appreciated the documentary style of this book. ...more
I wanted something that went deeper into the people's lives. This seemed to just skim the surface. There were a few good parts where each person's life and personality came through (especially with the comic book lover, its almost as if the creator could relate). I wanted a whole comic full of those moments, endi ...more
That said, oh, wow, the use of color was atrocious. The illustrations are done in a single color at a time, and the colors alternate every few pages. At first I assumed each character had thei ...more
the city floods.
okay, I admit I knew that before I read the book but I hate to say I was embarrassed by things this book brought to my attention, things I hadn't considered before. Things that made sad and horrified and all that jazz.
I mean nature can suck and government can suck and that's nothing new but for whatever reason seeing it panel by panel while following specific people made it feel more real than a lot of other stuff I've seen. Maybe I need to watch the news more- ? ...more
A warning, however: the text contains a lot of strong language. Most of it comes from the same character. The afterward reports the characters are real people and the text comes from interviews with them, so the profanity is probably from the source. This hinders my ability to recommend it.
My local library includes the book in the YA sect ...more
Summary: Follows the lives of seven individuals before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Each of these people come from different walks of life giving very different experiences as they share the same devastation of a natural disaster.
Comments: The book is quite powerful, especially the beginning and middle. The coming of the storm is handled very dramatically with wordless panels and was my favourite part of the ...more
"How can this be happening? Don't the authorities know about us? DON'T THEY CARE?" -Denise
"Look at me. I've only got about $100 in my checking account. What if I didn't have a credit card? $100 ain't gonna buy much gas. What these idiots don't realize is that when the evacuations were called, it was only th ...more
I can't fathom what these people went through and the simple, wood-block like images said more than one would think. I suppose this is a good example of Scott McCloud's argument that simplistic, cartoonish characters allow the reader to identify with them more. You see these post-apocalyptic scenes and then suddenly real ...more
Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- ...more