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Silence of Our Friends, The Paperback – January 17, 2012
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"You can't help but feel moved by this story and you can't walk away unchanged. The combination of story and art works perfectly in capturing this event and this time period. I'm predicting this book will be one of the best graphic novels of the year, perhaps even one of the best books of the year." - Musings of a Librarian
"...absolutely engaging and a complex graphic novel that I think could be analyzed on a deeper level and has broader historical themes. It is fantastic from beginning to the very end with the author's note and will hopefully affect you as much as it did me." - Good Books and Good Wine
"...an engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, "other"-ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground." - Publisher's Weekly
A moving evocation of a tipping point in our country's regrettable history of race relations, Long and Demonakos's story flows perfectly in Eisner and Ignatz Award winner Powell's (Swallow Me Whole) graceful and vivid yet unpretty black-and-gray wash.. - Library Journal
"...an engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, "other"-ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground."―Publisher's Weekly
"A moving evocation of a tipping point in our country's regrettable history of race relations, Long and Demonakos's story flows perfectly in Eisner and Ignatz Award winner Powell's graceful and vivid yet unpretty black-and-gray wash."―Library Journal
"…convincingly depicts the systemic racism, blatant and subtle, that suffused and corroded everything during [the] period…[Popwell's] imagery amplifies the effects of the book's multiple perspectives―the overwhelmed kid's-eye view of uneasy family dynamics and open Texas spaces, the hyperkinetic chaos on campus, the cropped literalism of TV newscasts."―The New York Times
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Every so often a book will come along that will challenge you, that will make you think, and that will hopefully leave you a bit better after you've read it. And this is just one such book. And yes some people are probably thinking that's high praise for a graphic novel, but the story will give you chills within the first three pages and suck you in and not let you go until the very end of the story.
It's 1968 in Houston, Texas and the fight for civil rights is heating up. Young Mark Long's father, Jack Long, is the local TV station's race reporter and he's embedded into the third ward, one of the poorest parts of the town. Jack is attempting to cover the events occurring in town, such as the expulsion of the the SNCC (student nonviolent coordinating committee) from Texas State University, and do justice to the people that he's covering. He's saved at one event by Larry Thompson, a local black leader, and the two become friends and their lives intertwine. One white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the burbs and one black family from the poorest ward in Houston, come together and find common ground in a conflict that threatens to tear the city apart. But before the end it may all come crashing down with the arrest of the TSU five. Which will be the loudest before the end, the words of hate or the silence of friends? This semi-autobiographical tale is based upon true events of Mark Long's father.
One of the problem that I normally see with autobiographical stories, like this one, is that they often try to give the reader to much information about the story and invariably the reader gets lost or there are moment that leave us wondering why we're supposed to care about the story. But this book...Read more ›
The Silence of Our Friends is another story that took place in the late 60's - a story that takes place in Houston, TX. Based on actual events, the graphic novel has been slightly changed to maintain the flavor of the times. As the authors write in their postlude to the story:
Some details from these events - as well as names and details about my family and Larry's - have been changed for storytelling purposes in The Silence of Our Friends. Creating a book like this one requires finding a balance between factual accuracy and emotional authenticity. What we have striven to create is a story that offers access to a particular moment in time, both for those who lived it and for those who are discovering it for the first time.
The authors have accomplished this as they tell the story of two families that focus on events on or around the campus of Texas Southern University. As the two families develop friendships, events spiral out of control. The results might have been catastrophic - except for those who are courageous enough to present the truth to a hostile audience.
The story held my interest, the art was well done.Read more ›
The graphic novel follows two families in Houston, Texas in 1968. One family is white, one is black. While the story shows us all of the characters, is really focuses on the fathers; one of whom is a news reporter and the other is a professor. The two strike up a friendship that defies the cultural norms of the time and even reaches a violent breaking point in which the friends have to decide to save each other or the movement.
The story is touching, insightful, and very moving. By the end, I had tears in my eyes. However, I didn't feel like it dug deep enough into the characters of the movement. In fact, you just receive a sweeping generalization of "this is a black family in Houston" "this is a white family in Houston"....don't they look the same? This is a good tactic, but I found it to be superficial. I wanted some more meat! Additionally, I wasn't truly invested in the story until about the last 50 pages. Still, those final 50 were outstanding!!! In that way the book redeemed itself; however, I wish it had done so earlier.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great graphic history of en episode in the civil rights struggle set in Houston, TX. It depicts the efforts of good people to bring an end to the violence and chaos that surround... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Canofish
Found this at a comic book store and LOVED it so much that I had to buy it for my sister.Published 11 months ago by Jacqueline Shorter
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was pretty good as a story. I definately felt like I was watching a fictionalized version of history. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Truthful Reviews
We should all read this graphic novel. True story. As we celebrate civil rights this month, it's certainly worth a look. Well done.Published 24 months ago by M. M. Hansen
I feel like this book could have had a lot of potential. Unfortunately the pacing is fast, the characters and their relationships aren't explored very much at all, and the story... Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by K. Blankenship
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... Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by Kimberly
First and foremost, the book is a great story - filled with tension and understated power. The pacing and the pauses give plenty of time for the reader to wonder what they would do... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by J. Minton
Set during the civil rights struggle in Houston, Texas, 1968, this
book tells the story of a white TV news reporter and his family, as
well as an African-American family... Read more