The Arab of the Future is a series of graphic memoirs published by French cartoonist Riad Sattouf. I have just read the first volume (in French, as you can see in the picture, obviously!), A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984, and really enjoyed it.
I’ve recently read In Order To Live and wanted to post a short review here because it’s a great book. In Order To Live is a memoir written by Yeonmi Park, a 24-year-old North Korean who fled North Korea with her mother when she was 13. It is the account of her life in Hyesan, a city located in the northern part of North Korea, very close to the Chinese border, of her escape through China and of her new life as a refugee in South Korea.
I don’t want to say too much about the life of Yeonmi Park and her family in North Korea under Kim Jong Il‘s reign because it is of course very eventful. This book, for this part at least, almost reads like a thrilling novel, which makes it a great read but is also extremely sad. Many unbelievable, dangerous and terrible events happened to the Park family in the 1990’s and 2000’s and these events led to their escape to China in 2007.
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Tonight I’d like to tell you about a graphic novel which I read a few months ago and which really became a contemporary classic in the graphic novels’ world: Blankets by Craig Thompson.
This book was published in 2003 in the United States by the publishing house Top Shelf Productions. It is an autobiographical graphic novel (surprising, isn’t it?) in which Craig Thompson narrates his childhood with very conservative Christian parents and his first love story as a teenager. It won numerous awards, including three Harvey Awards (Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work and Best Cartoonist) and two Eisner Awards in 2004.
Today I’d like to tell you about a graphic novel that I read a few months ago and that I have already mentioned in a previous post (this one) because of a recent polemic with some freshers from Duke University who refused to read this graphic novel which was on their summer reading list.
I thought it was time to tell you more precisely about this book which I didn’t absolutely adore but which is, I believe, one of the most accomplished autobiographical graphic novels ever written.
In Fun Home, Alison Bechdel recounts her childhood, teenage years and the beginning of her life as a young adult. The author mainly focuses on two important points of her early life: her relationship with her parents, and particularly with her father, and her discovery of being a lesbian.
Today I would like to tell you about my favourite graphic novel of all times: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Initially published in two volumes, in 2000 and 2001, by the French publishing house L’Association (excellent publishing house specializing in graphic novels by the way), this graphic novel has been adapted in cinema and is now a major motion picture. So there are big chances that you have already seen the movie, if you have not read the book.
Today I’d like to tell you about a non-fiction book that I really really enjoyed reading. Not that kind of girl is a collection of autobiographical essays written by Lena Dunham, the creator of the series Girls – that’s for the short version, the long version would rather be: executive producer, writer and director of Girls.
Lena Dunham is a well-known figure that I hugely estimate and respect for her work on Girls. I am a big fan of this series for its offbeat humour and I really like the fact that in this series Lena Dunham shows us things “as they are”, as closely to her daily experience of love, friendship and so on as possible. I think that this series is a kind of OVNI in the series’ scene. It was described by the critics as an anti-Sex and the city, and I agree with that. There is in Girls something truly refreshing and authentic, and this is what makes it quite unique.