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"The creative chemistry of the cartoonists is as strong as the rivalry between the brothers at the heart of Hatoum’s story, and their sincere reverence for the source material enriches the narrative as it’s translated to a visual medium. The emphasis on environment, combined with Bá’s highly animated character work, draws the reader deep into this world, gorgeously reinterpreting Hatoum’s novel while maintaining the spirit of his work." -The Onion - A.V. Club
Multiple Eisner Award winners Fábio and Gabriel were born in São Paulo in June 5th, 1976 and have, in one way or another, been telling stories ever since. Now, they tell stories doing comic books and graphic novels (which are essencially the same thing). They are Brazil's very own WONDER TWINS.
Another exceptional piece of art from Moon and Ba (go read "Daytripper" and "The Umbrella Academy").
This is the story of a Brazilian family of Lebanese descent that particularly focuses on twin boys as they grow up, enter adulthood and make their way in the world (by sheer coincidence, earlier in the day I read "Sons of the Prophet," a play about two brother of Lebanese descent living in Central Pennsylvania and revolving around their family as well - it was excellent).
The narrator neither appears nor joins the story until chapter 3 (there are 11 overall). Some of the tale is told directly by the father of the twins - he is a wonderful character who deeply loves his wife, wanted to make money but also entertain friends and only had children to appease his wife. He is fabulously real and interesting. There is a very strong female character who grows up alongside the twins, and she plays a pivotal role in this story as well.
The drawing capture the the architecture, furniture, streets, waterfront and people of Manuas, Brazil from the years 1915 to 1980 or so. It is adapted from the novel by Milton Hatoum.
This was a disappointing if not retold publication by the brothers. The story has lost a lot in translation and the black and white artwork pales in comparison to their color work. Characters are hard to distinguish due to poor graphic sketching and urban areas are weakly drawn leading readers to lose the fullness of sensation that a location could offer the story. We used this book as a genre selection for our book club and all agree it was a let down. For first timers reading a graphic novel, choose one of their earlier publications.
love the Moon/Bà brothers, all of their work has never disappointed me, this being their latest work is clearly a experienced masterpiece. I advise you to read this and daytripper for a good magical experience. Package on time perfect conditions.