A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel — Review

November 20, 2013

I recently finished reading the graphic novel adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s autobiographical A Bag of Marbles. I have been meaning to read this book for ages. I learned about when I was at work (seriously, my TBR list has grown so much since I started working there. But it’s annoying because I have to keep track of release dates.) Then I got a e-review copy from NetGalley, but did not get a chance to read it before I lost access. But finally, finally I got it from the library and eventually got around to reading it.

And I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as striking as I thought it would be. It is the story of a young Jewish boy and his family living in occupied France during WWII. The artwork is laudable, but the narrative feels disjointed and stilted.

This is an adaptation in translation, so I’m somewhat inclined to believe that something was simply lost in translation. All the same, I felt a disconnect with this book and was left feeling somewhat disappointed.

I may, at a later date, try to read the original novel and see if the narrative flows better in that format.


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