Boxers & Saints Boxed Set

Boxers & Saints Boxed Set

by Gene Luen Yang

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ISBN-13: 9781596439245
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Series: Boxers & Saints Series , #1
Edition description: Boxed Set
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 124,019
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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.

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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