Book Review: Hostage

Oh wow. I read a book. Ok so it was a graphic novel, but it's been 3 months since I read a book! Yikes.

Seriously, the reason is I'm soooooo addicted to knitting. And I can't read and knit at the same time. And I 15 pages in I didn't like the book my book club read last month (Beekeeper's Apprentice).

Hopefully this graphic novel gets me back on the horse?

Hostage
By Guy Delisle
2017
436 pages

While working for an NGO, Christophe gets kidnapped and taken to Chechnya, where he is held hostage for three months. This graphic novel tells his (true!) story. There's a lot of sleeping. A lot of staring at the ceiling. But it's a good story, expertly told in mostly internal monologue, and in minimal grey/white images.

I've said before graphic novels aren't my thing, but this is one I can get behind. The story was interesting and compelling: I really wanted to read on to find the resolution. The art was minimal and effectively held together the internal thoughts of a guy stuck chained to a radiator for three months. It was a heavy tome but I finished it in an hour, and the ending was quite fitting.

So I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone interested in a true hostage story. I might check out more of Delisle's 'travelogue' graphic novels!

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