From my bookcard for YA class: This is a compelling and visually interesting story that held me captive as a reader until the close of the novel. I wasFrom my bookcard for YA class: This is a compelling and visually interesting story that held me captive as a reader until the close of the novel. I was especially interested in the choice of black and white for the visual representation of the story, a choice that highlights the veil, the binary nature of cultures, the stark contrast of wartime life, and the code of Islam sometimes discussed throughout Marjane’s tale. The story does a good job of showing the ways in which Marjane comes of age and develops as a woman. I believe that this text could be a good introduction for many students into the lives of ordinary people living through life in Middle Eastern cultures, and a nice jumping place for discussion of Western culture’s differences and impact on other parts of the world. If I have a complaint with the text, it would be the dialogue can often come across as stilted and cliché, but this could be due to cultural difference or language use (and also the medium of the graphic novel, which does not always encourage textual verbosity). This is a biographical text too, so, the author's perspective seems a little narrow during much of the story - and the characters aren't exactly likable either. I think that students would be very interested in using this text due to the graphic novel format and the difficult coming of age issues that are addressed (which all students end up going through)....more
From what I am told, Sandman is Gaiman's opus. This is a really interesting text, which is part of a larger 10 part series (which is all about the risFrom what I am told, Sandman is Gaiman's opus. This is a really interesting text, which is part of a larger 10 part series (which is all about the rise and fall of the character, Dream). Gaiman is a master of finding and collecting myths, tossing them together like some kind of funky casarole, and making the whole thing taste fine and memorable. I don't think that all of the elements really "work" exactly, but there are some really intriguing things going on here. I could never juggle this kind of cast of gods, goddesses, and demons - and come up with anything remotely understandable. Gaiman also creates a whole new mythology in "The Endless," which in a whole lot of ways is worth examination.
There is a whole lot more to be said here, but I'm tipsy and tired. Booya. ...more
Interesting take on the noir (neo-noir) genre... really enjoyed the class discussion on this text in Graphic Novel studies. I am troubled by the misogInteresting take on the noir (neo-noir) genre... really enjoyed the class discussion on this text in Graphic Novel studies. I am troubled by the misogynistic and over-the-top nature of the work, and I sometimes fear Miller is hiding behind his use of genre to make his nasty and anti-heroic characters in some way okay. But, at the same time, the black and white artwork is at times brilliant and there are certainly some unique elements here. Corruption is the key idea with Miller, I think (like in Dark Knight Returns)... and Miller seems to think that everyone is corrupt. If all are corrupt, only those without power can really have any kind of likable quality... especially a guy like Marv, who takes on the corruption and displaces and shifts power......more