Friday, December 17, 2010

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

genre: non-fiction graphic novel

Seven Stories.

Seven lives that are, irrevocably, changed by Hurricane Katrina.

In A.D. New Orleans, Josh Neufeld puts pen to paper to tell, in graphic novel format, the true tales of seven different people who survived Katrina - either by evacuating, by being rescued off a roof, by ending up being transported by bus to Houston via the Convention Center or by just holding tight.

From the beginning, it's like a train wreck - you don't want to look, but you can't help it. You want to scream at them, with our wonderful hindsight, to GET OUT but of course, who could have imagined such a disaster? So, it's not easy to read or look at. It makes you uncomfortable. It makes you worry about how you would handle situations like these people actually faced, in real life. It makes you question the actions of our government. It tunes you in to the fact that sometimes, there is damage that just cannot be made right, that even if you get the electricity back on and a bed to sleep in again, that when your world is literally washed away, you will just never be the same.

1 comment:

shamers said...

Corinne, read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. It's about a man and his family who survive Katrina and all the other things that happen to them. One of the best books I've ever read, beautifully written and a horrifying, compelling story. I keep asking people to read it and no one will read it. It's amazing!

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