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
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 loved that Neufeld told the specific stories of five individuals who lived in New Orleans, instead of giving a wide lens view of the catastrophe. Readers are able to see what happened through the eyes of those that experienced it. It reminded me in many ways of Dave Egger’s book Zeitoun, which covers the same event.
I hadn’t thought about the people who evacuated the city, but l...more
The story of a handful of real people is told in this graphic novel. Do you think comic book when I say graphic novel? Please don't. Newsw...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
Seven lives that are, irrevocably, changed by Hurricane Katrina.
In A.D. New Orleans, Josh Neufeld puts pen to paper to tell, in graphic novel format, the true tales of seven different people who survived Katrina - either by evacuating, by being rescued off a roof, by ending up being transported by bus to Houston via the Convention Center or by just holding tight.
From the beginning, it's like a train wreck - you don't want to look, but you can't help it. You want to scream at them,...more
The build-up to the storm, with drawings of NOLA and Biloxi pre-storm and post-storm, are a remarkable visual experience. They do justice to the graphic part of the novel. I would have liked to see some drawings of Waveland, MS, but hey. The point was made.
I live in New Orleans and it is coming back with a vengeance, but parts of it stand much emptier th...more
Loved it! I guess since I was there(well Pensacola), somewhat experiencing the same feelings - the feelings like in the beginning: I need to work depsite this natural disaster about to hit New Orleans, should I stay or should I go or sending some family away, and even the casaul - if it hits tomorrow - no school for the next few days (I must admit I've had that feeling many times!!!)
I liked how the author portrayed the people and their experiences- all...more
Spike Lee may have hit the nail on the head with his damning portrayal of an inept Federal bureaucracy that failed for days, weeks, and even months to repair the Big Easy in When the Levees Broke, yet Neufeld does the same through the graphic novel form, and by focusing in...more
I think this book serves best almost as a supplemental history text, and/or, as a young adult book. I think it well describes what it was like to be in New Orleans before, during, and after Katrina for people who were not there or too young to process what wa...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
I feel it. The book WAS banal - the stories were sad but not well-told, and they lacked the kind of you-were-there-feeling-the-pain emotional punch. And also, at least one of the characters - the woman who rode out the stor...more
powerful would be the understatement of the year... neufield captured the days leading up to and immediately after hurricane katrina, the levves breaking and the subsequent flooding of 80% of new orleans in the most beautiful of ways-- by simply telling the stories of the lives of 7 different, re...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
That said, this graphic novel follows the lives of several people before, during and after the storm. One of the best books I read a number of years ago was Do...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
Now artist Josh Neufeld has painstakingly spent the time to tell a more complete story of those living in New Orleans, before, during, and after the levees broke. The book follow...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
I liked th...more
Leo's mourning for his lost stuff annoyed me righteously. But beside the more desperate destruction of Leecy's meager possessions, it washes pathos upon his suffering. I shook my head at times: Why did they stay? Hubris and ign...more