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Boxers by Gene Luen Yang


by Gene Luen Yang

Other authors: Lark Pien (Colorist)

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Series: Boxers & Saints

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Two companion books that tell the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China (1899-1900), an anti-imperialism and anti-Christian missionary movement, from opposite sides of the movement.

In Boxer, a foreign priest and his soldiers smash up Little Bao's peasant village. Little Bao learns the ancient magic of calling up the ancestor gods and leads a rebellion that eventually reaches Beijing. The story is violent, bloody, and does not have a happy ending.

In Saints, Vibiana is an unwanted and unappreciated girl in a neighboring village who converts to Christianity and finds some purpose in helping the foreign priest and his flock. She joins the fight against the Boxers. The story is violent, bloody, and does not have a happy ending.

Because of the violence, this is probably more suited to older audiences, though my ten year old read it and appreciated it. ( )
  sylliu | Dec 7, 2014 |
BOOK #3 of #readathon finished! Another excellent novel by Yang, but very violent! ( )
  What_Katie_Read | Dec 1, 2014 |
I would love this if it were just a graphic novel about the boxer revolt.

I additionally love it because it does a great job of showing that there aren't "good guys" or "bad guys" in war without being overly didactic about it.

Gene Yang hits it out of the park with this one. He creates empathy and then shows what war demands of us. ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
Little Bao decides to join forces with the Boxers and takes on a mythological persona to fight the foreign missionaries and soldiers who oppress Chinese peasants. This is a short but remarkably thorough account of the Boxer Rebellion. The art is very simplistic, but the topic is quite serious and it's nice that the art is easy to read. I very much enjoyed how the author used mythology to explain the mentality of the fighters and that he didn't shy away from showing the horrific side of war (and how it changes people), no matter who is "right" and who is "wrong," if either indeed exists in a conflict of this sort. Looking forward to continuing with the companion book, Saints. ( )
  -Eva- | Sep 12, 2014 |
Great art and story telling ( )
  eenerd | Jul 30, 2014 |
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Gene Luen Yangprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pien, LarkColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steen, RobDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Venable, Colleen AFCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In 1898 China, Little Bao has had enough of foreign missionaries and soldiers robbing peasants, and he recruits an army of Boxers to fight to free China from its oppressors.

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