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A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return (Single Titles) (original 2007; edition 2012)

by Zeina Abirached, Zeina Abirached (Illustrator)

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Title:A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return (Single Titles)
Authors:Zeina Abirached
Other authors:Zeina Abirached (Illustrator)
Info:Graphic Universe (2012), Paperback, 192 pages
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Rating:****
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A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached (2007)

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This graphic novel is great for both middle and young adult readers. It is a recollection of events from the author’s childhood that are a representation of the struggle of people and families during the Lebanese Civil War. The illustrator uses stylized black and white illustrations that are very intense. The font was a bit obtrusive to reading, but it was stylized to match to imagery and worked for the overall appearance of the book. The illustrations of the streets and roadblocks were very impactful, so was the dramatic ending. This graphic novel clearly illustrates the strength of community during even the hardest times. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
This graphic novel is great for both middle and young adult readers. It is a recollection of events from the author’s childhood that are a representation of the struggle of people and families during the Lebanese Civil War. The illustrator uses stylized black and white illustrations that are very intense. The font was a bit obtrusive to reading, but it was stylized to match to imagery and worked for the overall appearance of the book. The illustrations of the streets and roadblocks were very impactful, so was the dramatic ending. This graphic novel clearly illustrates the strength of community during even the hardest times. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
In ways that traditional books cannot, graphic novels seem to have the ability to express difficult things so that they cannot be dismissed. This book brings to life the realities of war from the eyes of a child, so in many ways it is simple and straightforward. It's just one day, just one room, and yet the fear and anxiety are clear. I have seen comparisons to other award-winning graphic novels, and while I think those comparisons are fair, Abirached still has her own story to tell. I found this to be powerful and moving. Recommended. ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Oct 13, 2015 |
I read the follow-up to this, "I Remember Beirut", first and enjoyed that much better. This is a single episode of a family and group of friends experiencing a bombing during the Lebanese Civil War. The story isn't political or religious. We just sit in a room with the people as they wait out the bombing and fear for two children's parents who were visiting down the street before the bombs started. An autobiographical story but I didn't find any connection with anyone and mostly found the tale uninteresting and lacklustre. The art on the other hand is wonderful. I love the artist's doodling style with spirals and curlicues while the black and white sets the atmosphere. ( )
  ElizaJane | Aug 31, 2015 |
Another remarkable graphic memoir. In this French import, the civil war in Lebanon in the 1980s is seen through the eyes of a child. The black-and-white illustrations are reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Zeina Abirachedprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robbins, TrinaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ulrich, JohannHerausgebersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Living in the midst of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face an evening of apprehension when their parents do not return from a visit to the other side of the city.

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