Artfully rendered and told, Indeh is an important addition to western history, and United States history. Ruth's images are arresting - both in the skArtfully rendered and told, Indeh is an important addition to western history, and United States history. Ruth's images are arresting - both in the skilled pencils sketches of character's physical features, as well as the larger Arizona/New Mexico/Mexico landscapes. Full of emotion.
Hawke has been reportedly researching and writing this story for 15 years, first trying to make it a screenplay, and then moving it into the literary realm with this graphic novel. I also liked Hawke's afterword about his lifelong interest in native history, and how this book came together, in his own mind, and collaborating with Ruth....more
It's an odd thing but when you tell someone the true facts of a mythical tale they are indignant not with the teller but with you. They don't *want*
It's an odd thing but when you tell someone the true facts of a mythical tale they are indignant not with the teller but with you. They don't *want* to have their ideas upset. It rouses some vague uneasiness in them... and they resent it."
Quite brilliant in its telling, Tey's "mystery" is a history book with the framing device of a Scotland Yard inspector researching a 'cold case' when he is laid up in the hospital. Bored and staring at the ceiling, his friend tries to spark his interest as he convalesces. A portrait of Richard III is just the spark Inspector Grant needs, and he is on the case - reading everything he can get his hands on about the 15th century monarchy and the infamous murders of his nephews, the "Princes in the Tower".
I don't know much about this interlude of royal history, so I liked learning more. What I really liked is the subversive undertone of a book written in the UK in the 1950s that really questions the establishment of what we are told (fed) throughout history. Contrarian thought isn't new, but this idea of questioning the sources is becoming more accepted at this time.
"I'll never again believe anything I read in a history book, as long as I live, so help me."
-- Tey has an easy and relaxed writing style. -- The phrase "woolly lamb" to describe a young 'green' person is simultaneously endearing and hilarious. It is used a lot in this book for children and young people. -- Picked this paperback up on a free shelf at the beach earlier this summer on a whim, and it was a nice find. Fun diversion!...more
In Mathilde Donnay, Sebastien Japrisot has created one of the most compelling and delightful heroines in modern fiction. Though confined to a wheelch In Mathilde Donnay, Sebastien Japrisot has created one of the most compelling and delightful heroines in modern fiction. Though confined to a wheelchair since childhood, "Mathilde has other lives, varied and quite beautiful ones." She paints, cares for her pets, enjoys a rich fantasy life, and is relentless in her search for the truth about Manech's death. But she is by no means the only vibrant personality leaping off Japrisot's pages. This author has a remarkable ability to draw even minor characters in three dimensions with economy and wit. Take Mathilde's mother, for instance, caught in mid-card game: "At bridge, manille, bezique, Mama is a dirty rotten swine. Not only is she an ace with the pasteboards, but she throws her opponents off their mettle by insulting or making fun of them." And even the characters we meet only through other people's memories--the condemned men--are so fully realized that you find yourself torn over which one you hope may have survived. As Mathilde comes ever closer to solving the mystery of what happened at Bingo Crépuscule that January morning in 1917, Sebastien Japrisot proves himself a master storyteller....more
I really tried to get into this one... it won a Nobel prize for Literature in 1998, but I could not help but feel that there were several nuances los I really tried to get into this one... it won a Nobel prize for Literature in 1998, but I could not help but feel that there were several nuances lost in translation (from the Portuguese). The story was a fantastical love story, and a nice read, but there were other technical issues (format, etc) that keep me from rating this book higher. ...more