The Silence of Our Friends

The Silence of Our Friends


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The Silence of Our Friends 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I loved the artwork in this graphic novel, detailed and realistically drawn illustrations embrace each page. The character’s faces: their all-knowing eyes, the deep creases on their foreheads, and the way that the eyebrows tell the story of what’s really transpiring, it’s as though you don’t need to read the words within each text box. I got caught up in just looking at the illustrations a few times, as they themselves relay the story of just how these characters feel about the situation that they are in. This graphic novel is about civil rights in the late 1960’s. It’s about the violence, the beliefs, the struggles and the spirit of the individuals who fought to be heard. What I liked best about this novel is the illustrations and how we get to read both sides of the story. In this novel, a white journalist becomes friends with a black activist as a murder has been committed and the real suspects need to be brought to justice. I found myself lost a times inside this story, the story confusing but as I pulled myself back, I found my footage and entered into the drama once again. It’s a powerful story and one that gains its strength from its wonderful illustrations.
royzector More than 1 year ago
This snapshot of the author's experience during the civil rights movement was poignant and thought-provoking.
erb15 More than 1 year ago
as a lover of graphic novels, i was very disappointed. there was an okay plot line and complimentary pictures that showed the action, not the beautiful weaving interplay a true graphic novel should have. the topic of the book is important but the timeline is historically inaccurate to serve the author's purposes. all in all, it was a fast and unsatisfying read. i just really feel that with the great potential of that moment in history and the personal connection the author had to it, he could've done something more.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
When I found this one in the library I was really excited to read it, because I'm always very interested in the civil rights struggle and I had seen some pretty decent reviews of this one floating around the internet so I thought why not? Let's give it a go. Now while I understand that the author used some of his own experiences in writing the graphic novel I thought that the story line was flat. The graphic novel started out on a high note, but it quickly went down hill because the story was so fragmented in my opinion it was hard to know what was going on because it jumped so wildly from page to page in terms of the story line. I will say thought that the author did give a good portrayal of the south during this period and that came through in the illustrations which I thought were really good, I thought the style of the artwork suited the time period in which the grqaphic novel was set and for me the artwork was the only thing that I enjoyed about the graphic novel. I probably wouldn't recommend this graphic novel to anyone just because of how I felt about it though don't let that stop you because I seem to be in the minority for this one. If you are going to try it be warned there are some racial slurs in it as well as a few F-Bombs as well.