This heart-wrenching graphic novel memoirs deserves your attention. David Small is a fantastic illustrator and looking into his childhood through the perspective of illustrative art from his memory as a child is fantastic. The images capture what words cannot–those pictures and thoughts that run through one’s mind as a child.
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A very poignant and realistic narrative about a brilliant 11 year old with cerebral palsy. She has never been able to talk, walk or take care of herself, but she yearns to be normal, to be able to talk and to be part of a group.
With supportive parents, a great nurse family friend and a loving puppy, she is able to communicate and learn.
This book is an exploration is Otherness, in acceptance and able-bodied outsiders. It makes you think about your privilege of able-bodiedness and the struggles of being outside the norm.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was…interesting. It was a great look into Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood and an interesting take on a southern childhood. But some of the story felt forced, and sometimes it felt slow. It wove several story lines and sweeping themes together rather neatly and it would prove an interesting read along side some of Hurston’s own work.
There is some really interesting information in this book and it provides a decent overview of body ideas and construction. There is an obvious bias throughout this book, and some of the facts and explanations should be taken lightly and not as law. I question the inclusion of certain ideas and absence of others. And I KNOW this book was published in 1998, but it FEELS like it was published in 1998. A lot of the assumption of the state of technology, the terminology and the assumptions of the direction of science fiction is clearly outdated and far from timeless.
However, the quality of the printing of this book is just awful–multiple fonts on a page, white on black, sometimes, works over pictures: it is a mess. Also there is a lack of resources; there is a bibliography, yes, but is seems skeletal to the amount of concise information found in this book. A list of further readings would have been helpful and most welcome.
The combination of folkloric tradition with the themes of persecution reminiscent of WWII, this book is rich with characterizations, literary motifs, and ideas about the importance of the body.
The frame narrative of this novel allows the fantastic elements of this novel to feel more realistic since it is told almost as a folk tale. The characters and the premise are well-developed and and well-written.
I highly recommend this book!