From Maus to Tamara Drewe: the 10 graphic novels everyone should read
Wertz‘s book is subtitled “An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York.”
That it is. When I first found this book in Shakespeare and Co, I was looking for a present for a new New Yorker friends that would give them a new perspective on their new home town. Wertz brings to life not the whole city, but many parts as they have changed through time.
The epigraph of the book is from E. B. White: “There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second,, there is the New York of the commuter–the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and coame to New York in quest of something. Of these three trembling cities the greatest is the last–the city of final destination.”
Wertz brings to life all three New Yorks. Even if you didn’t grow up there, and haven’t moved there, for several hours poring over Wertz’s evocative drawing, and harsh witty writing you can live there through so many periods of the twentieth century.
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My current obsession with graphic literature continues and I am continually surprised by new works. Kate Evans’ extraordinary book is dark and fascinating and draws you in to the world of The Jungle outside Calais. The Jungle was a sprawling camp full of desperate people escaping their horrors of their home countries. Evans’ visual style and fragmentary storytelling shows the dark and desperation, but more importantly she explores the humanity and even the joy of so many of the people who were not welcomed, had nowhere to go. Their story is here, and it is one of the best antidotes to the xenophobia that drives Brexit and similar forces in France. Read it now.