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