Book Review: The Property

May is graphic novel month. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels - I'd much rather read straight print, but I have really enjoyed a few out of the many I've read in the past. I also really love the Fables comic series, so even though it's not my favourite genre, I was looking forward to reading a few this month.

After taking recommendations on social media and from goodreads, I settled on not one, but three graphic novels! Here's the second of the bunch...

May 2014: Graphic Novels

The Property
By Rutu Modan
2013
232 pages

Mica and her Grandmother are travelling from Israel to Poland to reclaim some property taken from Grandmother during World War II - and yes they are Jewish.It soon becomes clear that Grandmother has gone to Poland for a different reason, and that a family friend is trying to thwart their attempts at reclaiming their property. Mica meets a boy. Grandmother meets a man. Much is revealed about the aftermath of the devastation of World War II and it all ends satisfactorily on the airplane home. Full circle and all that.

I thought this was a great story. The colour images are not super attractive but do an excellent job at imparting meaning into the characters' dialogue. The author deals with complex issues and effectively crisscrossed a number of subplots. In the end I learned something and felt reading it was an hour well spent.

I'd highly recommend this book for those looking for a graphic novel that deals with adult themes, and those who are interested in history or the war. It's definitely worth your time!

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