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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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A stunning graphic novel that makes plain the undeniable horrors and humanity triggered by Hurricane Katrina in the true stories of six New Orleanians who survived the storm.

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,

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Hardcover, 197 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Pantheon (first published 2009)
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Diane Librarian
I was working in a newsroom when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005. I remember the ominous breaking news alerts that the levees had failed and the city was being flooded.

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.

The book "A.D.: New Orlea
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Greg
This powerful graphic novel interweaves the true stories of 7 separate people who survived Hurricane Katrina, beginning before the storm and continuing through the aftermath. Some searing moments, especially in the horrifying aftermath, hordes of people dumped at the Convention Center with no food or water, buses promised again and again that finally arrived only to drop off more people at the Convention Center instead of taking anyone away.

My only complaint is that I would've liked even more st
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Melki
This graphic novel follows the lives of a good cross section of people before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina.

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
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Oriana
#16 for Jugs & Capes!

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
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Teresa
What I said of Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story can be said of this book: Though its author "isn't from New Orleans, he got every non-fictional detail of the days immediately following the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina right, even down to the types of people who live in the section of N.O. he concentrated on. Amazingly accurate." Perhaps it's even more amazing in this book, since it is completely non-fictional, relating the experiences of seven real people who come from five different par ...more
rhea
I met Josh Neufeld when I bought this, I was just going to borrow a friend's copy but while talking to him I picked it up and had him sign it. He was there signing because this had just come out in paperback. It was at a comic shop, Crescent City Comics, that is in a different location after Katrina and still a great shop, if not better by now! One of the characters, Leo, works there now is a nice guy who is ready to talk to you about comics and everything when you go into the store. At the orig ...more
Dan
The artwork was beautiful but, after reading Zeitoun and watching Treme along with Spike Lee's documentaries on Katrina, I'd already heard the majority of what is covered in this comic.

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
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Malbadeen
spoiler alert -
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- ?
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Amanda
I read this in a day. However it is a graphic novel. But I could not put it down. I stayed up past my bedtime to finish the last 40 pages last night. A nice story. I actually didn't know much of what went on during Katrina so this gave a little bit of a perspective. It is an actually account from a few survivors who stayed instead of evacuating. Well there was one family who evacuated and told their side.
Robin
This was a really fantastic chronicle of a real-life event. Being in the midst of hurricane season now, this book reminds me that we are not safe from the force of nature. Great illustrations and interesting characters (based on real people, according to the author's note)make this a great book.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Cybil Awards nominee. I'm on the panel for GNs this year (09)

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
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Jacki
I thought this book effectively accomplished its goal: it showed a small cross-section of the horrors of life in and out of New Orleans right after Katrina. I think it's less important at this time than it will be in the future, when it can serve as a reminder long after the news footage has been forgotten.

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
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Monica
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Dionisia
Dec 09, 2012 Dionisia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone, Anyone, You
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"Look, tonight we can sleep on the tool shed. And then there's the roof. That's 14 feet. And if it gets real bad, we can hang onto the telephone pole. That's like 20 feet above ground." -Abbas

"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
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Samantha Glasser
After Hurricane Katrina it was impossible to turn on the news without hearing about it, the devastation, the displacement, the deaths, and the conspiracy theories about the government intentionally targeting New Orleans. It is impossible to go into reading this book without a pre-conceived idea of what it will be. That being said, the author did a tremendous job of choosing subjects from different walks of life with different experiences. There is a doctor, a convenience store owner, a counselor ...more
Licha
Once I picked this up I could not put it down until I finishd it. This was an engaging story about five different groups of people that lived through Hurricaine Katrina. It's devastating to see the destruction left in its wake. I can't imagine how hard it must have been for people to leave their homes behind, all your memories, your belongings, having to relocate. It makes you realize how frail life is, one second you're alive, the next your whole life could be topsy-turvy.
Pamela
Wow--I started reading this book half an hour before the end of the work day (it was a slow work day), and I couldn't stop reading until the very end, an hour after everyone else went home. I was dimly aware of what was going on in New Orleans 4 years ago, but being from New England, where the worst we get are tropical storms, I really had little appreciation for how thoroughly a hurricane can tear at a city. More shocking is the latter 2/3 of the book, wherein we see first-hand accounts of how ...more
Laura Christensen kavanaugh
This was an excellent non-fiction account that followed seven people's experiences preparing for, during and after hurricane Katrina. Neufeld interviewed many survivors but settled on these seven to represent a wide range of experiences and perspectives, which he does with a keen, journalistic voice while telling their stories. He addresses the emotional impacts of the storm with grace as we share these people's love for their city, New Orleans. Neufeld uses color in a unique way by giving each ...more
Emily
I've read a good deal about Katrina and this book and it's simple telling of the stories of several New Orleans residents before, during and after Katrina is one of the best. It managed to find new ways to sadden and outrage me, in particular the story of Denise, who stayed and experienced the horror of the Convention Center. The artwork is powerful; the depictions of the scope of the widespread physical destruction are balanced with the emotions on the faces of the individuals who faced the des ...more
Jessica
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Josh Neufeld‘s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge provides an inside look into the lives of seven of the hurricane survivors — from people who evacuated and stayed with relatives, to people who stay behind because they think it couldn’t be that bad. The true stories this graphic novel tells are about people from all walks of life, including a Caucasian doctor, an African-American high school student, and an Iranian convenience store operator. Just as their bac ...more
Charles Peters
This graphic novel was an amazing experience. I can't say I've read many graphic novels, but I know a great book (no matter the genre) when I read one. Neufeld approached the stories of these people and families with empathy. Truthfully, he used skill and creativity to tell the story of Katrina and painted a picture of the spirit of that city that I think will endure. I need to do more research, but this book should be in every classroom in the Crescent City.

I am a bit biased; I grew up in New
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Laura Schmigel
This graphic novel of 5 families surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, or their evacuations, pulls the reader in. I cried through the Superdome section.
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
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Joe
Apr 16, 2015 Joe added it
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Jammed this into a class on flood narratives. There have been what is post-9/11 lit think pieces. There should be what is post-Katrina lit think pieces (in hindsight images of a militarized, hysterical response to black citizens (Shockley's argument that maybe under these conditions the term "refugee"--the functional denial of citizenship--is right) registered not an isolated incident but an enduring national disease) or there should be the 9-11/Katrina/00s disaster dialectic. But what about thi ...more
Emily
I've been meaning to read A.D. for several years and finally finished it last night. Has it really been 9 years since Hurricane Katrina? That just doesn't seem possible.

While I felt, going into the book, like I had a general sense of the post-hurricane devastation, I quickly realized that there's much I didn't and still don't know about what happened.

In the text, Neufeld "reports" on five different pre-during-post hurricane experiences incorporating information he collected via conversations a
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Rachel
May 07, 2014 Rachel added it
Can you imagine surviving hurricane Katrina in the cramped hallway of a hospital? Or in a convenience store? New Orleans After The Deluge is a graphic novel about six people who are trying to survive hurricane Katrina in different areas around New Orleans. None of them are expecting the storm to be nearly as bad as it was. Leo and Michelle are a young couple who hesitantly decide to flee the city until the storm is over. Leo has a huge comic book collection with over 15000 books that gets ruined ...more
Paolo Jasa
It's easy enough to write about tragedy. To make readers empathize and shed tears over something that has wrought so much havoc and death on American soil, with sob stories to cry over and courageous stories to remember one's faith in humanity. It's another thing entirely to humanize a tragedy: to put in all the messy details in the story of a tragedy to wreck the over-arcing narrative, to see those who have lost all, who have lost some and who got off absolutely scott free, to otherwise look mo ...more
Aaron
Reading this made me feel like a snob because at every turn I was trying to ignore my suggestions of what would make this story much more powerful. This book is drawn decently well but overall the stories are shallow and predictable and I didn't feel all that much for any of the characters. The most heartbreaking parts just didn't sing like they could have if the author had spent more time providing meditative material for the reader. The dialogue was often clunky and... seemed inaccurate in pla ...more
Kathryn
Tells the story of a handful of individuals prior to and after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees broke. No matter how many times these stories are told they still fill me with horror. The poor will always be with us and it seems we only pay lip service to caring about it. We need books like this that put a human face on such events and make us look at ourselves too. The graphic novel format really lends itself to this story and was well executed.
Tuck
an affecting and informative novel about 5 (plus) characters who go through hurricane katrina. it ain't pretty folks, still in 2011, there is lots of malfunction and lost services and culture. If you have any teensy bit of heart this novel will get your forehead all hot and make you cry probably. only 3 star for the clunky speech Leo gives about how important his comic books are to him even though he has to leave them behind when he evacuates the city.
Jeffrey
Another look into the Katrina disaster, taking you inside to the lives of various people who had different experiences and were affected in various ways. Josh Neufeld's art is clear and emotive, with some nice visual sequences, and tells the story/stories in true page turning fashion, such that I ended up reading in a single sitting despite my intention to read the first little section before going to bed...
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