We Are On Our Own
A stunning memoir of a mother and her daughter's survival in WWII and their subsequent lifelong struggle with faith
In this captivating and elegantly illustrated graphic memoir, Miriam Katin retells the story of her and her mother's escape on foot from the Nazi invasion of Budapest. With her father off fighting for the Hungarian army and the German troops quickly appro...more
I am thrilled that Miriam Katin did not share my fear. She has produced a beautiful, touching and important work in We Are On Our Own. The scope is much smaller than that of Maus which is perhaps why it can happily coexist with Spiegelman's work neither threatening nor competing with it.
The plot is of a young mother whose hus ...more
But perhaps because this book is mostly reconstructed from conversations with her mother, the book has little interest in young Miriam's ...more
Its a tale of courage and hope during an awful time. It was one of the few Jew-in-Nazi-Germany stories I've read that actua ...more
The black and white drawings are deliberate. Photos of the time were in black and white but so were emotions. This is a beautiful book, easy to read and reread, no hankie required but bring your heart.
Katin’s storytelling is spare: 115 pages of illustration contain fewer than five pages ...more
Also, the language was stilted enough that I checked to see if it was a translation. No such luck. Written in English.
We Are On Our Own refers to an atheism borne of the struggles of WWII and it's aftermath, dealing with Nazis and Communists and etc. If all these terrible things happen, there is no god? I guess? But, dude, the book has a happy ending, and t ...more
This book was a very short and quick read, maybe for someone just to read if they have a book ...more
The story has been pieced together from her own recollection of when she was a child on the run, but also from conversations and letters.
I think she comes to the wrong conclusion about God, but then, I understand her rationale.
This graphic novel is very pencil-y (matitoso for those of you who speak a little Italian). It's drawn with pencils and colored pencils to show the different moments (Hungary during the war Vs. US decades later) and the different lines show different emotions. The worse the situation is, the thicker, blacker, and more confu ...more
Overall, the story wasn't the best WWI ...more