Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Nat Turner Paperback – June 1, 2008
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From School Library Journal
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
About the Author
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I imagine there's a temptation to take an historic event this dramatic, one that starts and ends with heart-rending horror, and tie it up neatly with a cute moral or explanation. Thankfully, Baker offers neither and allows us to think for ourselves about the events described.
From a technical standpoint, the book is a marvel. A massive, moving work told almost completely without dialogue... a technique that enhances the mood rather than squelching it.
Thanks, Kyle, for Nat Turner. The bar has been raised in biographical cartooning.
And here it is, in a moving, gut-wrenching graphic work that fuses Turner's own words (as conveyed in his Confession by Thomas Grey) wedded to remarkable visuals by Kyle Baker. What Baker has achieved here is, I think, an emotional masterpiece.
This is, yes, a graphically violent book, but unlike some others here, I praise Baker for his restraint. His choice of color palate, size and location of images on the page, serve not to sensationalize the gore here, but rather to mute it. It is here, we look it straight in the face, but we in no way wallow in it. It is in the rest of the story, the rest of the visuals, where we are really forced to confront the horrors of Turner's reality - the reality of millions of men and women around him - and the choice he made to fight back in the only way allowed. Baker's skill allows us to see, often wordlessly, the fear, desperation, anger, sadness and hypocrisy of the world Turner inhabited, at least a little - at least to the extent we can imagine all these years on.
Baker does not present Turner as some sort of Super Hero Avenging Angel. Far more compellingly, he presents him as a man living in a nightmare, who's rebellion was a direct consequence of that nightmare. And he does so with a very uncommon grace and visual eloquence that cannot help but touch a sensitive reader.Read more ›
To do a story as complex as this in that format is incredible. it also presents the facts visually and leaves it up to you to interpret and judge them. Finally it makes the history available to a lot of people with low level reading skills. I wish this was available when I ran an adult literacy program in the 1980's.
A remarkable book
#18 in my attempt to review every graphic novel I read in 2013
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is extremely powerful. The illustrations are beautiful, the storytelling is compelling- if you're like me you won't want to put this book down. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Patrick
I received it today in pristine condition and was very happy with the purchase! OUTRAGEOUS artwork and great story line! Read morePublished 17 months ago by GHIGGS
I bought this book for my kid's English classes. I guess it's good if this is what you need for your classes.Published 22 months ago by scutpuppy
Kyle Baker applied his style to a historic account of Nat Turner. There is nothing wrong with this graphic novelPublished 23 months ago by The CRITIC