Friday, August 16, 2013

Five graphic novels for beginners

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Nicole Hill suggested five graphic novels for readers unfamiliar with the genre yet willing to give it a try. One title on the list:

And now for something completely different. Maus, at once genre-bending and utterly involving, is all the proof necessary of graphic novels’ capacity for complex, challenging stories. It’s the Holocaust told through mice instead of men. Really, all there is to be said is that Maus is one of the most moving depictions of the period this side of Night. (In a similar, slightly, slightly more lighthearted vein is Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.)
Read about another book on the list.

Art Spiegelman's Maus appears on Ben Frederick's list of ten influential authors who came to the US as immigrants, Mary talbot's top ten list of graphic memoirs, Lev Grossman's top ten list of graphic novels, Danny Fingeroth's top 10 list of graphic novels, Meg Rosoff's top 10 list of adult books for teenagers, and Malorie Blackman's top ten list of graphic novels for teenagers.

--Marshal Zeringue