(2012) #8 review: Gandhi

Gandhi: A Manga Biography

by

Kazuki EBINE

192 pages

Graphic “novel”

Published by Penguin in September 2011

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

      

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

This was a nice way of reconnecting with Gandhi. The biography focuses a lot on the beginning of Gandhi’s actions, especially in South Africa, before his work in India.
The drawings were very good. If you think you don’t really know about him, this would be a perfect introduction.

I enjoy this new Penguin collection, the biography of the Dalai Lama was very good as well.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

The life of a true twentieth-century hero told in a vibrant graphic novel format.

Through his quietly powerful leadership and influential use of nonviolent resistance in India’s struggle against the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi became one of the most revered figures of the modern era. While history has recorded Gandhi’s words and deeds, the man himself has been eclipsed by maxims of virtuosity that seem to have little resonance in our everyday lives. In Gandhi, the third volume in our exciting new manga biography series, created in conjunction with Emotional Content, Kazuki Ebine combines a gripping narrative with stunning illustrations to share Gandhi’s inspiring and deeply human story with a whole new generation of readers. [goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

[I could not find any picture of the author. Let me know if you know any].
Kazuki Ebine is an up-and-coming manga artist and has won several highly recognized awards from the major comic book magazines in Japan. He lives in Tokyo.

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The 14th Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama:

A Manga Biography

by

Tetsu SAIWAI

WHY I LOVED THIS BOOK

This was my first manga, and I was glad to see that this genre can be used for non-fiction, without crazy violent drawings. The emotions were well depicted.

I had just watched Kundun, so it was fun having the manga version of the movie.

It is a great way to introduce very serious topics to people who may not have been taught the patience to read a book with a classic format.

It is published by Penguin. They look like very smart publishers: now publishing mangas, and even classics in the Arabic language.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A new way of getting to know one of the world’s most beloved spiritual leaders.   Featuring a charmingly illustrated format that will appeal to readers of all ages, this unique biography is an ideal introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invade Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize. This graphic novel is an appealing and approachable depiction of the life and personality of an iconic figure. Manga is the Japanese word for comics

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tetsu Saiwai is a manga artist from Japan, where he lives with his wife and dogs.

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