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In the Shadow of No Towers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    All I can say is 'wow'

    A month before 9/11 I quit my well-paying job as a tech support person, and was trying to figure out what to do with myself. I toyed with the idea of pursuing my life-long dream of going to school for Graphic Design, but was worried I a.) wasn't talented enough to get into a good school, b.) could afford to go to a good school, c.) wouldn't be able to juggle single-parenthood with school. Then the world blew up. And I jumped into a new life without thinking and rationalizing anymore about it, because 9/11 proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that life is just too short. I used to work in the WTC, and so 9/11 deeply affected me. I didn't lose anyone close to me, though I knew two of the lost. There have been countless news accounts, personal accounts and pictures of 9/11, but I have yet to see anything that quite captured the essence of that terrible day and it's aftermath, until this book. Art Spiegelman is *amazing*. I know he's a master and doesn't need my little review, but he has inspired me, made me cry, made me laugh and put me completely in awe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    Disturbing and Fantastically Brilliant

    Much like our current administration, this new work by Art Spiegelman will tend to polarize the populace. There's no middle ground with this one; you will either love it or hate it. I happen to fall into the 'love it' camp. Mr. Spiegelman takes the events surrounding 9/11 and once again deftly uses the comic medium to somehow make the horror more realistic. And the incorporation of the comic characters and styles from days-gone-by to relay his message is nothing short of brilliant. The political content of this creation is by no means subtle. It assaults the reader from many directions, and some things might even make the staunchest of liberals cringe. But it is the unappologetic nature of the work that is partly responsible for its greatness. The rest of 'No Towers' greatness is wrapped up in the artwork, the flow, the design, and the storyline. Truly amazing! I simply cannot say enough positive things about this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    Spiegelman's Irony

    Mr. Spiegelman's work in both vision and voice on Maus, was brilliant and remains unparralelled to this day. However, it was his honesty in that book that propelled it to success. He managed to take the war out of the history books and reveal it to us, as it affected one family. Mr. Spiegleman fails to do so in his latest work. Instead of taking us inside the events of 9/11 he polarizes the readers by forcing them to choose sides. Instead of showing us the moments of pain, bravery or simple desolution, he harps about how Mr. Bush hijacked the event for his own politcal agenda, an irony that seems to go over the head of Mr. Spiegelman as he hijacks the event several years later to sell a book one not worth reading for either its visuals or its revelations into the human emotion of the day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    an intense reliving of 9/11

    I am a definite fan of Spiegelman. I find him to have the art of teaching through drawing. I'll explain myself. Maus I & II: one learns a lot (if not all - ok that's exagerrated) one needs to know about WOII through a comic no less! And now 'In the shadow of no towers' teaches us about the shock, the fear, the anger, the disbelieve, .... of september 11th, 2001. It brings it all back so vivid, it's startling .... chapeau!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Terrible

    I thought it was miserable. Paranoid drivel. It was hard to read the entire thing. First book I ever threw n the trash.

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