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Cairo by G. Willow Wilson
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Nov 11, 09

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Read in November, 2009

For me, reading a book and reading a graphic novel are generally two distinctly separate experiences. I did not notice that slight disconnect with this graphic novel; it was a rich, complete experience with the story and the characters, and the art was simply there to tie everything together for a fuller experience. That said, I don't think this story would have worked well at all as a book (too much jumping between characters, lack of transitions) but these are things that are allowed in this medium.

The ending was somewhat goofy. At times I would have called it a bit preachy (big revelation for the spoiled white girl that she really was a spoiled white girl), but it didn't really detract from the story. It did make me want to read Rumi sooner rather than later, and when I finished it I just sat and thought about it for a bit rather than jumping into the next book--a good sign for a story that was prodding the reader to give serious consideration to certain issues.

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message 1: by Katy (new)

Katy That you find reading a novel and a graphic novel different experiences is very interesting. Can you describe that a bit? What about an illustrated novel, like an Alice-in-Wonderland-type of book? Does it have to do with the amount of storytelling that is left to the art, and not put into words?

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