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The Lone and Level Sands
     

The Lone and Level Sands

by David Lewis, mpMann (Illustrator), Jennifer Rodgers (Illustrator)
 

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Pharaoh Ramses II hasn't seen his long-lost cousin Moses in nearly forty years. Yet while pressed by the Hittites to the North and construction delays in the South, Ramses must make time for this ancient desert rascal, the long-ago mystery he represents, and the impossible demands of an alien deity. Drawing on the Bible, the Qur'an, and historical sources, writer A

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Pharaoh Ramses II hasn't seen his long-lost cousin Moses in nearly forty years. Yet while pressed by the Hittites to the North and construction delays in the South, Ramses must make time for this ancient desert rascal, the long-ago mystery he represents, and the impossible demands of an alien deity. Drawing on the Bible, the Qur'an, and historical sources, writer A. David Lewis (Mortal Coils) and artist Marvin Perry Mann (Arcana Jayne) present a retelling of the Book of Exodus through the eyes of the man who is either its greatest leader or its worst villain: a man trying to rule wisely, love his family well, and deal justly in the face of a divine wrath.

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VOYA
Here is the heartbreaking story of how the Hebrews won their release from Egyptian slavery, the costs that both sides endured, and why the last Egyptian standing made sure that history would remember his name. Told in clear, large panels with economic dialogue, it will be accessible to teens interested in an unflinching examination of a desperate chapter in history and religion. It is not a story without flaws: The book's experiments in perspective (which is inconsistent), line (which is inclined to caricature), and word bubbles (which are sometimes, confusingly, located as captions), for example, have highly mixed results. That said, it is an extremely intelligent book, brutal in its portrayal of both a society that used slavery and a society that tortured its captors with a series of gruesome and devastating curses. Even the most frustrating part of the book, Pharaoh's sudden changes of heart, are well-conceived as the disastrous decisions of a man manipulated by gods and wracked with devotion to his wife, son, and friends. The art style is intentionally reminiscent of Egyptian murals (themselves an ancient form of comic book), both in the occasional use of two-dimensional drawings and the gorgeous, stone-like texture of the colors. The plot moves with inexorable tragedy toward its conclusion, but the book never reads like a catalogue of vignettes about the miseries the Egyptians and Hebrews inflicted on each other. Instead, it is a powerful, moving reconsideration of an otherwise familiar tale. It is guaranteed to provoke. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, definedas grades 10 to 12; Graphic Novel Format). 2005, Archaia Studios Press (96 Linwood Plaza PMB 360 Fort Lee, NJ 07631-4326), 152p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Joe Sutliff Sanders

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932386127
Publisher:
Archaia
Publication date:
03/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Emerging from the field of comic book academia, writer A. David Lewis presents articles on the comic book medium at scholarly conferences across the country as well as in such publications as The International Journal of Comic Art for which he is a member of the Editorial Board. In 2002, Lewis debuted his own title, the dark suspense anthology Mortal Coils, which went on to be a winner of the 2003 Cinescape Literary Genre Competition. Published through his Caption Box imprint and then ASP, THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS, Lewis’s 2005 graphic novel with mpMann, won the Howard E. Day Prize and was nominated for three Harvey Awards. His second Archaia title, SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER, has been hailed by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY as “a new, modern myth for our environmentally challenged times.” Currently, Lewis is completing his Ph.D. at Boston University while both teaching undergraduates and co-editing the GRAVEN IMAGES: RELIGION IN COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS essay collection from Continuum International Publishing

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