Ruins

Ruins

Graphic Novel - 2015
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Winner of the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album

Selected as an ALA Top Ten Graphic Novel of 2016

Samantha and George are a couple heading towards a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, it is the opportunity to revisit her past. For George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown. For both of them, it will be a collision course with political and personal events that will alter their paths and the town of Oaxaca forever.

In tandem, the remarkable and arduous journey that a Monarch butterfly endures on its annual migration from Canada to Mexico is woven into Ruins . This creates a parallel picture of the challenges of survival in our ever-changing world.

Ruins explores the shadows and light of Mexico through its past and present as encountered by an array of characters. The real and surreal intermingle to paint an unforgettable portrait of life south of the Rio Grande.
Publisher: London : SelfMadeHero, 2015.
ISBN: 9781906838980
Branch Call Number: KUP
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations, colour maps

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modestgoddess
Nov 05, 2016

Beautifully drawn graphic novel - enjoyed this very much. There are so many stories going on here. The monarch's journey is lovely and I found myself drawn into the lives of the couple - both their individual journeys and the journey of their relationship. Despite the title and the apparent theme, it seemed to end on a hopeful note for all concerned. Nicely done.

KHCPL_Doug Sep 26, 2016

The artwork in this graphic novel is really stunning, and gives you such a beautiful conception of life in Mexico. The story is a little predictable, but there are surprises plenty in learning about the culture and politics of Mexico, and there's also a little history lesson inserted. I would definitely recommend it.

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mclarjh
Apr 08, 2016

Very attractive coloured pencil, ink and watercolour drawings. The story is interesting, but the characters are weak.

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