Friday, May 9, 2014

I Remember Beirut

I Remember Beirut is a powerful graphic novel set during the fighting between the Christians and Muslims in Lebanon during the 1980s. The author, Zeina Abirached, has written multiple graphic novels about her experiences growing up at this time.

What I found most powerful about this book was some of the opening remembrances. She beings by depicting a childhood of carpools, parents reading aloud to her and her brother, cartoons on television and cassette tapes. It sounds oddly familiar to me. Of course interspersed with these memories are those of fear, of listening to shells rain down and of her brother and his shrapnel collection. Those are not so familiar.

Abirached is extremely talented and her work shows another life experience in a remarkably comprehensible way.

*ARC provided by publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.

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