Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Case of Madeleine Smith by Rick Geary

graphic novel challenge 6 of 6

Reading The Case of Madeleine Smith is like watching a 19th Century Law and Order - only, apparently, this isn't just "ripped from the headlines" - her story actually WAS the headlines. This graphic novel traces the true story of an upper class woman who allegedly poisoned her lower class gentleman lover - in a case study type format. It felt well researched and the comic-book format makes the history so accessible. It also puts the time in which these people are living into context in a way that a typical text book couldn't.

I just found out that this author has a whole series of books along this line called "A Treasury of Victorian Murder" - fascinating. I'd definitely read another.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Where do you find these books? I can't believe how many different types you read. So many are ones I've never heard of or would pick up on my own. How graphic is this one?

Tricia said...

It's been awhile since I read a graphic novel. This one has peaked my interest though!

erin sheely said...

this is on my graphic novel challenge list!

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