In the Shadow of No Towers

In the Shadow of No Towers

Graphic Novel - 2004
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Spiegelman presents a highly personalized, political, and confessional diary of his experience of September 11 and its aftermath. In 10 large-scale pages of original, hard hitting material (composed from September 11, 2001 to August 31, 2003), two essays, and 10 old comic strip reproductions from the early 20th century, Spiegelman expresses his feelings of dislocation, grief, anxiety, and outrage over the horror of the attacks---and the subsequent "hijacking" of the event by the Bush administration to serve what he believes is a misguided and immoral political agenda.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780375423079
Characteristics: 10 p., 14 p. of plates : col. ill. ; 37 cm


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May 14, 2014

If you "get" the New York spirit, have a feel for the Jewish diaspora, and if you liked the book MAUS, then you will like this book.

Dec 15, 2013

Art Spiegelman deals with 9/11 with old comics (Krazy Kat, Little Nemo, Yellow Kid). Cool art, but it fails as a memoir.

Oct 06, 2013

This book was too disjointed and chaotic to really enjoy. It's more a bunch of snippets bound together than it is a story.
However, perhaps that's the point? NYC after Sept. 11th must have been chaotic, unsure, paranoid, surreal. There must have been no flow to one's reality or new expectations of what's going on. In that case, this is an exceptional book. It follows completely along these lines.
The graphics are terrific. I especially liked the use of upside down strips: part of a strip is right side up, then it switches to upside down. The world of New Yorkers was turned upside down, so why not the graphic novel telling the story?
This is a book worth checking out but don't expect a straight forward story.


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