Monday, December 29, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: "Strange Fruit: Volume 1" by Joel Christian Gill

This is such a fascinating book - I'm just going to say right now that it deserves to be in every library possible.

Ok, I feel better now.  That just really needed to be said.

This graphic novel tells nine stories of nearly forgotten African Americans in history.  I had only heard of one of these people before - the story of Henry "Box" Brown who escaped slavery by travelling north hidden in a shipping box.  I'm not even sure which stories hit me the most - Bass Reeve, US Marshall?  Or maybe Richard Potter, the Great Illusionist?  One story that I will certainly never forget is called "The Shame".

I do wish that some of these stories were longer, but I suppose that the author intended to spark curiosity and encourage the reader to go on from here to research these people's lives more in depth.  I appreciated the Did you know? section in the back with an additional anecdote relating to each person here as well as the bibliography so that further research could be done.  This is called Volume 1 which makes me hopeful for more in the future - perhaps that will include a woman's story or two?

*****
Strange Fruit Volume 1:  Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
by Joel Christian Gill
Fulcrum, 2014
172 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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3 comments:

theenglishist.com said...

Okay, that sounds interesting. Totally adding it to my to-read list.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

This book sounds like something I should absolutely get my hands on. I'll have to see if my bookstore can order this in for me.

Aarti said...

Oh, cool! And what a promising phrase "Volume 1" is.

I have a book out from the library called STill I Rise, a graphic history of African-Americans. You might enjoy that one as a companion to this one. I haven't started it yet, but plan to read it soon.

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