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Berlin: City of Stones: Book One (Part 1) (2000)

by Jason Lutes

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Series: Berlin (Book 1), Berlijn (1)

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It's hard to read this and not compare it to Maus. So sue me.

There are lots of good and interesting things about this graphic novel; however, it just felt like it simmered but never came to a boil. ( )
  gregscheer | Jan 23, 2019 |
I’ve always had an interest in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, maybe aided by the fact that so much has been written about it, and that Berlin then, much like Paris, was a city when everything was possible in the arts and culture and for people seeking alternative lifestyles. But it was also a place where disaster was brewing and when a person like me, who lost family members in the ensuing catastrophe, likes to imagine that perhaps things might have taken a different course.

In the first part of what is a trilogy of graphic novels, Jason Lutes presents Berlin through various ordinary people. In the very first frames, on a train inbound for the city, there is Marthe Müller, an artist who is just arriving from another town to make a new life for herself and to study art. She and journalist Kurt Severing make an acquaintance in the train car and establish a friendly rapport that will carry throughout this first part at least. There is a young Jewish newspaper seller bullied by anti Semitic youth and when at home, is expected to carry on the traditions of his ancestors. There is a mother of three who must leave her husband and small son behind—he espouses the National Socialist cause and expects his son to follow in his steps, while she is sympathetic to the Communist cause and their emphasis on helping workers like herself not only find employment, but also decent living conditions and food for her two young daughters...

Nicely drawn and with plenty of other characters who come and go so that it takes a while to grasp the narrative and not just see it as a series of vignettes. Ultimately though, as the title indicates, the city itself is the main protagonist of this series. The book is divided into eight sections. It was originally serialized in a comic book by the same name (Berlin). The third part of the trilogy was released very recently in the Fall of 2018 which allows me to complete the work within a reasonable amount of time, unlike most fans, who had to wait for nearly two decades between the first and last part of the trilogy! This volume ends on a rather sad and dramatic note, so it’s probably a good idea to have the second volume, Berlin; City of Smoke on standby. In any case I’m glad I made that provision and will hop right into the next episode right now! :-) ( )
3 vote Smiler69 | Nov 25, 2018 |
This is German history with pictures. There are multiple uninteresting fictional plots going on in Berlin in the late 1920s. These stories have German history as a background which is what is interesting. It was worth the read for the history alone. ( )
1 vote ryanone | Jan 3, 2018 |
Wonderful, crisp art; Interesting writing. Excited to see where this goes. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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Lutes felt that after spending 23 years on the project, he couldn’t give in to the temptation to turn his comic into an allegory for the Trump era. “I still plan to stay true to the characters and their context, without letting current events color things in any overt way,” he says of the final chapters. For all the similarities between Berlin and the United States today, the present can seem in some ways unprecedented.
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Covers eight months in Berlin, from September 1928 to May Day, 1929, meticulously documenting the hopes and struggles of its inhabitants as their future is darkened by a growing shadow.

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