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Boxers & Saints
     

Boxers & Saints

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by Gene Luen Yang
 

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Boxers&Saints Boxed Set Edition

One of the greatest comics storytellers alive brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing new work.

In two volumes, Boxers&Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of

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Boxers&Saints Boxed Set Edition

One of the greatest comics storytellers alive brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing new work.

In two volumes, Boxers&Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

Boxers&Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and Boxers&Saints will cement that reputation.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Comic Books and Best Children's Books of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013 A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

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"A masterful work of historical fiction that happens to be in the form of a graphic novel, and a very accessible view into a complicated moment in Chinese history."

--Dave Eggers

"In Boxers and Saints, Gene Luen Yang once again masterfully draws us into the most difficult issues of self-identity and communal understanding, with characters who struggle to act out of their deepest cultural and spiritual selves.  But when they find that their commitments lead them in terrible, frightening directions--one toward massacres, another toward martyrdom--they must ask questions for which there are no easy answers.  The brilliance of this novel--and I mean, aside from the brilliance in the telling of a major historical episode about which most North Americans know very little and which provides some critical lessons in political relationships--the brilliance lies in the merger of fast action and humor and very real characters and startling graphics with a shattering sense of the brokenness of the world and our terrible need for compassion.  Read this, and come away shaking."

-- National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winner Gary Schmidt, author of Okay for Now and The Wednesday Wars

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466854499
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Boxers & Saints Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
432,897
File size:
146 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. ABC's instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers&Saints is his most recent graphic novel.
Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what's popularly known as the MacArthur "Genius" Grant. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Boxers & Saints Boxed Set 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with many of Gene Luen Yang’s stories, Boxers & Saints is an unexpected and engrossing story. The historical fiction two part series tells the story of the Boxer Rebellion, from the viewpoints of either side of the story. Both graphic novels begin in the childhood of the main characters, Little Bao and Fourth-Girl. The two stories interact with each other often, however the two characters only meet twice. Little Bao grows up in the Shandong Province, at the end of the 19th century. The Christian Europeans, known as foreign devils, bully the Chinese and attempt to convert them. Bao is trained to fight with Kung Fu, and learns to use spiritual powers. Bao teaches the Brother-Disciples of the Big Sword Society, and they join together to reunite China and restore its power. With the help of their god-like abilities, they attempt to expunge every Christian from the land. On the other side of the conflict, lies Fourth-Girl. Her family did not want her, so they did not even bother giving her a name. She eventually finds a family with the Christian Church, which she originally thought was devil training. After her Baptism, the girl chooses her first real name, Vibiana. She then begins to have visions of Joan of Arc, who helps to guide Vibiana through the rebellion. These stories are short and seem to be written for children at first glance. However, I was surprised to find many adult themes and content in them. The battles, both physical and psychological, are extremely brutal for everyone involved. Since the story is told from both sides, many flaws and misconceptions are pointed out. For example, the Boxers believe they transform into gods before battle, however the Saints see them as average Chinese. Though they are comparable to modern terrorists, I could not help feeling sorry for the Chinese. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes moral conflict, or anyone looking for a very short yet interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two sides. Awesome easy read
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
This two-volume graphic narrative set against the historical events of the Boxer uprising in turn-of-the-century China tells the complementary tales of Little Bao, an adolescent Chinese boy who leads the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist in defense of his homeland against British and European imperialists, and Vibiana, an adolescent Chinese girl who converts to Catholicism in an effort to seek a sense of belonging. Their stories intertwine in plausible and compelling ways that force us to examine the reasons why adolescents—even in the most dire of circumstances—value community and peer support. Without taking sides, Yang masterfully depicts his protagonists as flawed but sympathetic teens who earnestly attempt to grow, learn, and develop their principles amidst a backdrop of political and religious conflict. Both Little Bao and Vibiana experience mystical encounters with spiritual beings who guide them through their ordeals; the magical realism infuses their stories with metaphysical resonance and calls to mind the ancient Greek epic of the Iliad, during which the gods fought alongside mortals. Joan of Arc appears as Vibiana’s spiritual guide, foreshadowing Vibiana’s sad fate. In addition to the rich history covered in these two volumes, Yang addresses issues of gender through his depiction of the Red Lanterns (the distaff counterparts of the Society) and Vibiana herself, a strong-willed tragic heroine who stumbles upon her faith almost accidentally but ultimately comes to value it over all else. I highly recommend these narratives for their engaging depictions of complex adolescent protagonists as well as their value as historical texts that tell a story unfamiliar to most Western teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this amazing story is set in China, it actually applies to ALL conquered peoples throughout the world. Fascinating book(s).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly fascinating point of view from 2 sides of the same conflict