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Wrinkles, de Paco Roca – Fantagraphics Books, 2016.

Retired bank manager Emilio, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is taken to an assisted living home by his son. Confused and disoriented by his new surroundings, he finds unexpected support in his roommate Miguel, a brash rogue and overconfident ladies’ man. Together, they employ clever tricks to keep the doctors from noticing Emilio’s ongoing deterioration — and keep him from being transferred to the dreaded confinement of the top floor of the facility. (“Better to die than to end up there.”) Their determination to stay active as individuals and maintain their dignity culminates in a nighttime escape and joyride and adds a dash of adventure to their otherwise tedious day-to-day routine. While for some residents, the home is a place to wind down their lives, for Emilio and Miguel it becomes, in a quirky way, a new beginning. With echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Cocoon, Paco Roca squarely addresses the fears of growing old and isolated in a work infused with remarkable humor, humanity, and sensitivity. Wrinkles was adapted into an award-winning international animated film in 2011, with Martin Sheen and Matthew Modine voicing the main characters in the English version. Wrinkles swept all the top Spanish comics awards, including the National Comics Award and Best Spanish Comic Strip and won Italy’s Gran Guinigi Award. Paco Roca won the Goya Award for his screenplay adaptation for the animated film, in addition to other international awards for his work as a comics artist.

Un roman graphique très émouvant sur la maladie d’Alzheimer, sur la vieillesse et la solitude aussi. On suit l’évolution de cette terrible maladie à travers le personnage d’Emilio, qui intègre un jour la maison de retraite, alors qu’il se croit encore en activité. La dure réalité va le rattraper, petit à petit, avec des moments douloureux de clairvoyance parfois. Il est entouré et soutenu par Miguel, résident et camarade de chambrée. Tous deux refusent de se laisser aller, et cherchent la moindre occasion pour avoir le sentiment d’être encore vivants et surtout présents. Les planches et les dessins de Paco Roca reflètent une certaine douceur, comme un signe de respect envers nos anciens. A lire absolument !

  

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Gaijin : American Prisoner of War, de Matt Faulkner – Hyperion Books, 2014.

With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly learns that his home is no longer a welcoming one. Streetcars won’t stop for Koji, and his classmates accuse him of being an enemy spy. When a letter arrives from the government notifying him that he must go to a relocation center for Japanese Americans, he and his mother are forced to leave everything they know behind. Once there, Koji soon discovers that being half white in the internment camp is just as difficult as being half Japanese in San Francisco. Koji’s story, based on true events, is brought to life by Matt Faulkner’s cinematic illustrations, which reveal Koji struggling to find his place in a tumultuous world—one where he is a prisoner of war in his own country.

Nous avons visité le Manzanar National Historic Site l’année dernière. Du coup, quand je suis tombée sur ce livre à la librairie, j’ai eu envie de le lire. C’est un moment sombre de l’Histoire américaine qui est évoqué ici ; celui pendant lequel un très grand nombre de Japonais, ou de personnes ayant des origines japonaises, ont dû tout quitter, après l’attaque de Pearl Harbor, pour intégrer de force des camps d’internement (comme celui de Manzanar en Californie). Certains y sont restés des années. L’histoire de Gaijin est celle de Koji, un adolescent américain, dont le père est japonais. Il va devoir intégrer un camp, avec sa mère qui ne peut se résoudre à l’abandonner. Un roman graphique émouvant doté d’une très belle colorisation.

  

Fish Girl, de David Wiesner (texte et dessin) et Donna Jo Napoli (texte) – Clarion Books, 2017.

Who is Fish Girl? What is Fish Girl? She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her. She has a tail. She can’t walk. She can’t speak. But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for a life that includes yoga and pizza. She can grow stronger and braver. With determination, a touch of magic, and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.

Mettez-moi un livre de David Wiesner entre les mains et je suis déjà ailleurs, loin, loin, très loin. C’est toujours un voyage particulier. Cet auteur/illustrateur a une telle imagination ! J’ai été totalement emportée par cette fabuleuse histoire, par cette soif de liberté et d’indépendance qui grandit chaque jour en Mira. A lire absolument !

Drama, de Raina Telgemeier – Scholastic, 2012.

 

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

J’ai retrouvé avec plaisir le dessin de Raina Telgemeier. L’intrigue est sympathique, les personnages assez attachants, et on suit avec un certain plaisir la création de cette pièce de théâtre.

Giant Days #1, de John Allison (texte), Lissa Treiman (dessin), Whitney Cogar (couleurs) – BOOM! Box, 2015.

 

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

J’ai plus que moyennement apprécié ce comics, que ce soit pour son histoire, son dessin et sa colorisation. Je ne lirai pas les autres volumes.

Persepolis (#1) : the Story of a Childhood, de Marjane Satrapi – Pantheon, 2003.

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

Ce roman graphique, racontant l’enfance de l’auteur dans un Iran violent et instable, est saisissant, intense, magnifique, touchant, mais aussi instructif. L’Histoire en planches noires et blanches ! Cette petite Marji est incroyable et forte. J’ai très envie de découvrir la suite de cette vie singulière.

Sunny Side Up, de Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm – Scholastic, 2015.

Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun — it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It’s full of . . . old people. Really old people. Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . .

Un roman graphique aux planches pas très agréables à regarder, mais qui porte une histoire forte. Sunny, éloignée par ses parents de son frère qui doit résoudre son problème d’addiction aux drogues, se retrouve quelque temps chez son grand-père, lequel vit dans un petit appartement au sein d’une communauté pour retraités. Au début, les relations ne sont pas toujours évidentes, mais au fil des jours, le lien familial s’installe vraiment. Grâce aux flashbacks, on comprend mieux ce que ressent Sunny depuis longtemps face à la situation de son frère, et vivre ainsi loin de lui va lui permettre de mieux se comprendre, d’accepter et de dire enfin ce qu’elle a sur le coeur. Une histoire touchante qui évoque habilement ce que peut ressentir l’entourage proche d’une personne qui se drogue.

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