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The Story of the Jews : A 4,000-Year…

The Story of the Jews : A 4,000-Year Adventure

by Stan Mack

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Stan Mack's ambitious little project, The Story of the Jews, aims to tell the entire history of the Jewish people in comic book form. He begins his story with Abraham and Sarah, and at first the ride seems familiar. I'm not Jewish, but I heard many of the stories about Moses parting the Red Sea and David defeating Goliath because they are also prominent in Christianity, and fully integrated into Western culture. But it quickly races past Old Testament stories and into Jewish life under feudalism and the rise of the Church's power. Jews weren't always treated as badly as they were during the Inquisition, and depending on where they were located they even did quite well. But the hardships they faced, and prejudices others had against them, were illustrated in an easy to understand format. For example, I knew Jews ended up in Poland because that's where the Nazis found them in the early 20th century, but I never knew why until I read this book. It's those little details, those blank spaces between Big Jewish Events (King David, Fall to Rome, Inquisition, Immigration to America, Ghettos in Europe, Holocaust, Israel Reborn, etc...sorry, I really am ignorant of Jewish culture, overall) that Mack's book does a fantastic job of filling in.

I would recommend The Story of the Jews to any reader. It is thorough and comprehensive, yet easy to digest because it's a comic book. Mack has a very fast 'n' loose, sketchy art style and doesn't really utilize panels, giving his pages a frenetic, energetic pace. ( )
  makaiju | Nov 20, 2008 |
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For every Talmudic scholar there are 10 well-intended souls who can't scan a page of Genesis without snoring. But thanks to Stan Mack, the history of the Jews is accessible to anyone who's ever succeeded in reading the comics. With humor, biblical quotes, cartoon sketches, historical accuracy, and an irreverent tone, Mack sums up 4,000 years of Jewish history in a fast-paced, delightful narrative. So a few incidents and details get lost along the way--more important is that what's included actually gets read, because Mack's style and drawings are so beguiling. From Abraham's covenant with God and the introduction of monotheism (a Jewish soldier instructs a Canaanite at sword point, saying "Y'see, our God isn't really fighting your God because our God is your God and your God isn't really a God because...") to today's diverse denominations ("My synagogue is unaffiliated. Our members have an equal say, are nonideological, and have low dues"), Mack's quips and sketches cover a lot of ground, from the Exodus, Romans, Christians and Moslems, onward. He sashays through ghettos and shtetls, illustrates Europe's anti-Semitism and Zionist fever, breezes through immigration to the U.S., WWII, and the establishment of Israel, ending with Jewish culture in the late 20th century. Backed by an index (which makes this a reference instead of a comic book) and a savvy political cartoonist's eye for irony, Mack's book emanates a fondness for his subject. And he tells a good story. --Stephanie Gold

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