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Palestine by Joe Sacco
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Jul 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels, religious-spiritual, journalism
Read in June, 2008

This was the book that introduced me to graphic novel journalism, a genre that I had previously been oblivious of. It gives a historical background to the Israel-Palestine situation up to the early 90s and an account of Joe Sacco's visit to the Occupied Territories and Israel. I found it to be a very visually interesting account of perspectives: that of the Palestinians Sacco met, the few Israeli's he met, and his own perspective as an outsider as well.

In all fairness it should be said that Sacco does seem to be largely sympathetic to the Palestinians and, objectively speaking, this does make mean the book has a perspective that some readers may not agree with. I don't think it's necessary to view the book as a historical account. One is probably better served viewing as an account of perspectives. I would still encourage everyone to read this book, no matter what their personal opinion of the situation is.
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