Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Graphic Novel Review: Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Summary from Goodreads:
In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book s watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather s WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley s frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents frailty."
I have yet to find a graphic novel/memoir that is as deep and touching as this one.
At parts it was hard to read because of the deep questions Lucy was covering, like death and memory loss but in the end it was a learning experience.
Lucy tells the journey she took on a cruise with her grandparents but also weaves in things about them like her grandfather's memoirs about his time in WW2.
I recommend checking out her memoirs, at times they are funny but also deep and personal reads.
Five Stars Out of Five