Prices for book: Nat Turner
Book ISBN: 9780810972278
Author(s): Kyle Baker
Document type: Trade Paper
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An astonishing experience
For Kyle Baker, Nat Turner represents a new era of depth and artistic vision. Before, there was no cartoonist wittier but now Baker has taken his talents another step forward by producing one of the most moving graphic novels in print.
I imagine there's a temptation to take an historic event this dramatic, one that starts and ends with heart-rending horror, and tie it up neatly with a cute moral or explanation. Thankfully, Baker offers neither and allows us to think for ourselves about the events described.
From a technical standpoint, the book is a marvel. A massive, moving work told almost completely without dialogue... a technique that enhances the mood rather than squelching it.
Thanks, Kyle, for Nat Turner. The bar has been raised in biographical cartooning.
Jeremiah M. Bear (Amazon.com)
Great book from an eight-time Eisner winner
This comic is not only a great comic by its own rights but also an important one. We as a society cannot just bury our heads in the sand and try to forget the more unpleasant aspects of the past. Nat Turner takes a horrific event from history and handles it in a realistic and appropriate manner.
But now that I've stepped off my soapbox, Nat Turner is a great comic with a story and artwork that do not let you down. Baker's work is always a treat and this is no exception.
Marcus Gealy (Amazon.com)
An irresponsible book
I've never described a book as irresponsible before I read this. There are many historical accounts out there about this incident, but if you've never read them, I'll fill you in on the backstory: Nat Turner was a slave in the Antebellum south. He ended up leading a slave revolt, but rather than trying to escape to freedom as others had done, Turner and his followers went on a killing spree and murdered every white person they found, including women and children. This book graphically portrays the facts in a manner which is not only appalling, but is also sure to inspire racial hatred. DO NOT let young readers see this book. I have no idea why the commentor above me recommended it for young readers. This book graphically portrays the killing of babies and the beheading of children, and includes text such as, "we remembered that there was a baby in the house, so we went back and killed it." Then it shows them killing a sleeping baby with a hatchet. While the book is neither glorifying nor villifying Nat Turner, its graphic depictions of his deeds are completely unnecessary and irresponsible. Some things shouldn't be remembered at all because they just bring back bad blood. Nat Turner should not be remembered. If you want to know more about him, read one of the many scholarly histories on university websites. This book is nothing but gore porn.
R. J. Wilson (Amazon.com)
This is easily one of the most stunning graphic novels of the past decade, and Baker might just be one of the most important graphic novelists around now. The book is virtually wordless, except for minimal sound effects and dialog, along with historical source notes. Baker doesn't ignore the violence of his source material, but his portrayal of one of the most controversial moments in the history of slavery in America is safe enough for even very young readers.
Rob O (Amazon.com)
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