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Book Title: Palestine, Vol. 2: In the Gaza Strip|
Date of issue: March 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9781560973003
The author of the book: Joe Sacco
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 960 KB
Edition: Fantagraphics Books
Read full description of the books Palestine, Vol. 2: In the Gaza Strip:I’m guessing that this is a series because this book just stops. The bus Joe Sacco is on to go to Cairo is lost and the driver stops for directions…and that’s it. So…I’m kinda wondering if he gets to Cairo and what he finds when he gets there, but mostly I’m relieved to be finished with this graphic novel—which is not a novel. It’s about the time he spent in Palestinian refugee camps.
I found this book interesting, but I wasn’t crazy about it. While I think his art work graphically displayed the horrible living conditions of the camps he visited, again I want more information. I guess I prefer to get my information in words, not pictures. There’s only so much information that can be conveyed via comics and I want more. Joe Sacco cannot draw babies. They looked weird. Baby bodies with adult faces. It was kind of creepy. Also, he drew himself to be the most ugly, hideous-looking person. I Googled him and he’s not that grotesque. I mean, he looks like a normal person so I wonder why he drew himself to look so disturbing? It was so distracting that when I read the panels I kind of cringed when I saw him. I also didn’t really like him. Not that liking the narrator is necessary, but he seemed kind of like a jerk. He ate the refugee’s food (not just nibbled, he ate a lot and even remarked something like he’s not shy guest) and seemed more concerned about getting a good comic strip from his day of meeting with people than what they actually had to say. Maybe I’m being a little harsh or over-thinking some of the panels. He was clearly disturbed by what he saw and I liked how he argued for the Palestinians when talking with the two Israeli women. He did speak with Israelis and try to get them to speak about the conflict. It seems that the people he did speak with were in denial regarding the situation—oh, maybe it’s not so great for the Palestinians, but it’s better now. They also got defensive and proclaimed that they were tired of defending themselves and just wanted peace…but their idea of peace didn’t seem to be all that peaceful for the Palestinians.
This isn’t a political book in that Joe Sacco is championing one view over another. He’s clearly disturbed the Israelis he speaks to, however, and how they don’t seem to want to hear anything about the refugee camps that will bother their comfortable view. While I can understand the Israeli need for security and both sides have committed atrocities, my sympathies still lie with the Palestinian people. Israel is the wealthier (subsidized to a great extent by America, which I think we should stop) and more powerful country. It is still feeding off of a well of sympathy from WW 2 and the Nazi atrocities. To me, that’s the biggest reason why Israel should be kinder to the Palestinians—they know what it is like to be treated so inhumanely and yet they are doing it to another people. They should be ashamed. If Jews and Muslims lived in peace before, why can’t they again? The more the Israelis degrade, humiliate and punish the Palestinians for daring to want to live with dignity on their own land, the more bitter and angry the Palestinians will become. Israel continues to exacerbate the conflict. If there is a first step towards peace to be taken, it should be taken by Israel. They are the more powerful. It’s up to them to make the initial show of mercy, trust and forgiveness.
Palestine: In the Gaza Strip by Joe Sacco is well-drawn and interesting account of his travels in the Palestinian refugee camps. Readers of this review who don’t agree with my Palestinian sympathies, that’s fine, but please don’t write me nasty comments for voicing my opinion. I follow the conflict on the news (NPR and other in-depth sources, not the five minutes of crap the major tv networks call “news”) but I am not an expert. I have not traveled in the region nor have any personal ties to it. So while comments are appreciated, nastiness is not.
Read information about the authorJoe Sacco was born in Malta on October 2, 1960. At the age of one, he moved with his family to Australia, where he spent his childhood until 1972, when they moved to Los Angeles. He began his journalism career working on the Sunset High School newspaper in Beaverton, Oregon. While journalism was his primary focus, this was also the period of time in which he developed his penchant for humor and satire. He graduated from Sunset High in 1978.
Sacco earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1981 in three years. He was greatly frustrated with the journalist work that he found at the time, later saying, "[I couldn't find] a job writing very hard-hitting, interesting pieces that would really make some sort of difference." After being briefly employed by the journal of the National Notary Association, a job which he found "exceedingly, exceedingly boring," and several factories, he returned to Malta, his journalist hopes forgotten. "...I sort of decided to forget it and just go the other route, which was basically take my hobby, which has been cartooning, and see if I could make a living out of that," he later told the BBC.
He began working for a local publisher writing guidebooks. Returning to his fondness for comics, he wrote a Maltese romance comic named Imħabba Vera ("True Love"), one of the first art-comics in the Maltese language. "Because Malta has no history of comics, comics weren't considered something for kids," he told Village Voice. "In one case, for example, the girl got pregnant and she went to Holland for an abortion. Malta is a Catholic country where not even divorce is allowed. It was unusual, but it's not like anyone raised a stink about it, because they had no way of judging whether this was appropriate material for comics or not."
Eventually returning to the United States, by 1985 Sacco had founded a satirical, alternative comics magazine called Portland Permanent Press in Portland, Oregon. When the magazine folded fifteen months later, he took a job at The Comics Journal as the staff news writer. This job provided the opportunity for him to create another satire: the comic Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy, a name he took from an overly-complicated children's toy in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
But Sacco was more interested in travelling. In 1988, he left the U.S. again to travel across Europe, a trip which he chronicled in his autobiographical comic Yahoo. The trip lead him towards the ongoing Gulf War (his obsession with which he talks about in Yahoo #2), and in 1991 he found himself nearby to research the work he would eventually publish as Palestine.
The Gulf War segment of Yahoo drew Sacco into a study of Middle Eastern politics, and he traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories to research his first long work. Palestine was a collection of short and long pieces, some depicting Sacco's travels and encounters with Palestinians (and several Israelis), and some dramatizing the stories he was told. It was serialized as a comic book from 1993 to 2001 and then published in several collections, the first of which won an American Book Award in 1996.
Sacco next travelled to Sarajevo and Goražde near the end of the Bosnian War, and produced a series of reports in the same style as Palestine: the comics Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and the stories collected in War's End; the financing for which was aided by his winning of the Guggenheim Fellowship in April 2001. Safe Area Goražde won the Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel in 2001.
He has also contributed short pieces of graphic reportage to a variety of magazines, on subjects ranging from war crimes to blues, and is a frequent illustrator of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. Sacco currently lives in Portland.
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