Palestine Collection Paperback – Dec 12 2001
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"Gripping ... a political and aesthetic work of extraordinary originality." -- Edward W. Said, from his introduction
Palestine deserves a place among the very best of documentary. -- The Journal of Palestinian Studies
I may as well get right to the point. Buy and read Joe Sacco's...Palestine. -- The Comics Journal #166, Frank Stack, February 1994
Reading [Palestine]...you're astounded by the wealth of human voices, the literally warts-and-all passion of every side of the conflict. -- Entertainment Weekly
Sacco has pioneered a journalistic form that manages to be both deeply informative and highly entertaining. -- Time Out New York, John Kearney, 6 December 2001
Sacco's Palestine brilliantly and poignantly captures the essence of life under a repressive and prolonged occupation. -- Nasseer H. Azuri, Professor of Political Science, The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
This mature work is important and has never been more timely. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 December 2001
[A] compassionate, insightful primer on the lives of Israeli soldiers, Palestinian refugees and children in the Middle East. -- Salon.com, 28 September 2001
[Sacco's] obviously got the calling. His stuff is obviously well wrought, with dizzying pages and good rhythm. -- Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus
About the Author
Joe Sacco lives in Queens, New York. In April, he received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship to work on his next project.
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Palestinian terrorists are brutal, inhumane and ineffective. But, and this is a MAJOR but, what do you do about the plight of the Palestinian people? How can you defend what they experience day in and day out? Joe Sacco's drawings and writing offer us a glimpse of what these people have had to put up with.
I do have one major issue with this book.
Joe Sacco lets Palestinian/Muslim sexism off the hook. Yes, he tries to address the issue, but never seems to nail any central issue. In one series of panels he challenges a man about the veiling of women and how men should alter their behavior instead of the women. There's no response from the man he speaks to and Sacco drops the issue almost entirely. He does have several pages illustrating his discussions with women, but again, he throws softball questions and remarks.
There are a lot of books on the Middle East in print right now. Joe Sacco's book is, however, a rarity. I strongly recommend it simply because it's so unusual. Plus, it shows, in human terms, why there's so much rage on the Palestinian side.
For those who might be interested in this theme, I also strongly recommend "My Enemy, My Self" by Yoram Binur, a book written by an Israeli who goes undercover disguised as a Palestinian to see first hand what they experience.
Sacco is a skilled journalist, getting his interview subjects to talk about their lives and experiences in detail. As a comic artist, he brings those stories to life. His people often seem to have larger-than-life, exaggerated features -- all the better to convey emotion -- while he draws the world they live in in great detail. The contrast of the combination works very well.
Throughout the story, Sacco provides a running narration of his own thoughts as he moves from place to place chasing the story, while also filling in historical details where he feels it necessary. The narration gives an added dimension to the book, since it also becomes a story of Sacco's adjustments to conditions in the territories and his own mixed feelings about his ability to do anything about them -- feelings that readers will likely share when they finish reading this book.
What we see is a dark, depressed and oppressed people who unfortunately harbour a growing hatred and resentment towards the Israelis. It does not leave you hopeful for a peaceful solution anytime soon.
It is biased, but does not pretend to be anything else. It is also enlightening. The comic style makes it an easy way to get a picture of the Palestinian Viewpoint; it turns a narrative into a picture.
For those of us in the west looking for another viewpoint it is worthwhile.
Don't let the comic style of the book or the design of its cover desuade you from buying it. It is a very serious book. I was shocked by the facts as shown. One can read volumes in the eyes of the people as sketched, particularly those of the elderly. One sees despair, indignation, genuinity and all the while the generosity of those who have so little to spare. The author is very adapt at showing the inhumane conditions in the Palestinian camps he visited, sentiments that are echoed by other authors who visited the camps, though not as eloquently (Kate Halsell "Journey to Jerusalem" and Wendy Orange "Coming Home to Jerusalem"). No doubt about it, the book is very timely and a good source for readers who know little about the plight of the Palestinians, and a good reference for those who feel they know it all.
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Sacco captures the reality of the experience without censoring antagonistic views on either side. Nonetheless, in the end, the reality of events speak for themselves.Published 6 months ago by Brian Berneker
Time specific and yet relevant today. Expertly drawn scenes of muddy war torn life in Palestine. Cultural features are captured and moments of anguish are so well retold, they are... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2012 by Who the hell is Natalie Varios
Joe Sacco's Palestine works well as a graphic novel. The narrative is tight, the details in the artwork are meticulous, and the chapters flow into each other with a sense of... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2011 by Scroozle
It's high time for a "biased and un-academic" and "gloriously one-sided" story -- from the Palestinian side, that is. Read morePublished on March 28 2009 by delia ruhe
Joe Sacco lived in Palestine for 3 months, living and conversing with Palestinians about the horrors of Israeli occupation. Read morePublished on June 22 2007 by Harrison Koehli
This book is simply amazing. I'm a second-year college student and it is required reading in my Comp Lit class. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Kiran Lodhie
Typical lies the so-called "Palestinian people" perpetrate as usual. Waste of time & energy. Complete fiction.Published on May 27 2004
If you want to find out where US troops got their gruesome torture methods for Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, it's all in Sacco's book, published in 2002 and based on a trip he took to... Read morePublished on May 16 2004
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