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Saints (Boxers & Saints) epub ebook

by Lark Pien,Gene Luen Yang

Saints (Boxers & Saints) epub ebook

Author: Lark Pien,Gene Luen Yang
Category: Geography & Cultures
Language: English
Publisher: First Second; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN: 1596436891
ISBN13: 978-1596436893
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 667
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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow.

Boxers and Saints are two companion graphic novel volumes written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang, and colored by Lark Pien. The publisher First Second Books released them on September 10, 2013. Together the two volumes have around 500 pages. Boxers follows the story of Little Bao, a boy from Shandong (spelled "Shan-tung" in the story) who becomes a leader of the Boxer Rebellion.

Boxers & Saints is a two-volume project. Boxers is much longer, almost twice as long as Saints. It’s my attempt at a comics version of a Chinese war epic, full of glory and color and bloody battle sequences. In the first volume, the Boxers are the protagonists. In second, their Chinese Christian enemies are. I wanted each volume to be distinct from the other. Saints is shorter, more intimate, more humble. The scope of the story is more limited, as is the color palette. I pulled from the aesthetics of American autobiographical comics, and I hope it reads like a personal journal.

The Boxers & Saints Boxed Set from Gene Luen Yang, one of the greatest comics storytellers alive, brings all his formidable talents . Gene Luen Yang; color by Lark Pien. Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade.

The Boxers & Saints Boxed Set from Gene Luen Yang, one of the greatest comics storytellers alive, brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing 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.

In Boxers, the story of a Chinese village boy who grows up to deliver martyrdom to the Christian heroine of Saints with a thrust of his sword through her heart, Yang depicts resentful peasants turning into vengeful warrior gods. In these sections, the sepia-toned palette that predominates elsewhere explodes into vivid colors that impart a heroic aura to their actions.

Gene Luen Yang: In the mid-'90s, a group of cartoonists in the Bay Area started meeting once a week to draw .

Gene Luen Yang: In the mid-'90s, a group of cartoonists in the Bay Area started meeting once a week to draw together, talk shop and critique one another's work. The group included Lark Pien (who colored "Boxers & Saints"), Derek Kirk Kim, Jason Thompson, Jesse Hamm, Ben Catmull, Jesse Reklaw, Jason Shiga, Andrice Arp, Thien Pham and a bunch of others. We called it Art Night. I haven't gone in years.

Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.

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 .

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.

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.

A New York Times bestseller

China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship-and a name, Vibiana-in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith. ----Boxers & Saints is a groundbreaking graphic novel in two volumes. This innovative format presents two parallel tales about young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Saints tells Vibiana's story, and the companion volume, Boxers, tells the story of Little Bao, a young man who joins the Boxer Rebellion. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion, and lays bare the universal foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

Reviews (7)
Jaberini
One of the strengths of a graphic novel is the author's ability to literally show readers how characters see the world. Little Bao is at the cusp of adolescence when he first begins to understand the profound ways in which China is being changed through the growing imperial presence of the West. In his child-like imagination, he sees heroes and gods working around, with and through him. As he enters adolescence, these characters inspire him to first join and later lead members of the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious First - the "Boxers."

Yang does a tremendous job of showing the causes of the Boxer Rebellion through the eyes of Little Bao - the humiliations suffered not only by the Chi'ng dynasty, but by average Chinese as well at the hands of Western imperialists. The tragedy for all concerned (both Westerners and Chinese) is graphically (pardon the pun) illustrated. (Sorry - couldn't help it.) It is a great introduction to an event that to many outside China is sadly unfamiliar. For those seeking a more detailed historical account of the Boxer Rebellion, I recommend The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 - although it has a decidedly "western" orientation.

Mr_Mix
Great, engaging way to teach my students about imperialism in China and the Boxer Rebellion, all while giving them a relatable character to attach themselves to.

Anayaron
The story was beautiful. It is a great representation of a hero’s journey, and you really get connected to the characters and the story. Each page is beautifully illustrated. And the way the story was told was fantastic.

Wishamac
This is one of the most excellent books I've ever right. It's deep, historical, light, funny and tragic all in one. I felt I knew the characters after reading it.

Talrajas
My son is 11 and he read both books. He loved them both. Thank you for keeping his interest with these cultural books.

Kagaramar
High School students (especially reluctant readers) enjoyed this graphic novel. They quickly recognized the historical implications and connections.

Nekora
Great item at a good price.
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Great book about the Boxer Rebellion in China. Imaginative graphic novel for junior high and up, but would be thought provoking for adults too. Get both Boxers and Saints. Yang is a master.

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