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Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
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Jul 15, 08

bookshelves: 6-8grade, graphicnovels, youngadult
Read in July, 2008

This book definitely made me feel stupid for quite a while -- since I couldn't quite figure out who's who from one segment to the next -- until maybe 50 pages in when I finally realized that the two stories are just that -- two separate stories -- 4 centuries apart and with no or little connection except for the landscape and the violence -- and, maybe, a bit of the romance. After reading the author's notes, it became even more apparent that there was little effort from the creators' part to make connections between the two tales. Then, I started questioning whether it was my inability to take hints (it does state 9 century A.D. and 13 century A.D.) or that there is little visual cues to clue me in the nature of the two tales? The style of illustrations do not differ from one tale to the other; the background, borders, or even facial features of the characters do not quite make things clear or distinctive. So, my conclusion is that the confusion is partially the responsibility of the creators'. Whether they intentionally make things unclear to evoke a dream like quality or whether they did not manage to convey two distinctive flavors eventually doesn't matter: the damage is done. This reader finds the two stories interesting and somewhat intriguing but ultimately not entirely satisfying or illuminating.
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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I had the same problem as you did, fairrosa. I LOVED the art, but I couldn't make sense of the stories, so I gave up. I felt guilty because I had scored a beautiful signed copy at ALA from the illustrators, and they even drew a picture. (LOVE how First Second always gives away finished copies of GNs!) But I was just too confused, so I quit. I plan on trying it with some of my students in the fall who may have played the video game, so may be more familiar with the story. Maybe they can enlighten me!


Roxanne Hsu Feldman Trying it out with the kids sounds like a great idea. I like the art quite a bit but couldn't quite get over the very faint lettering -- seems almost unfinished. I guess I like my lettering strong and dark! :)


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