A graphic novel that of­fers an in­ter­est­ing, deeply per­sonal ac­count of grow­ing up dur­ing mod­ern china’s for­ma­tive years.

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ILi Kunwu & Philippe Li Kunwu

Harry N. abrams HAVE only vis­ited China back in 2000, and even just a short ex­cur­sion from Hong Kong. Much of re­mains a mys­tery to me, with great in­ter­est that I this graphic novel.

Thick and heavy, this 700- monster out­weighs most graphic nov­els but I was the per­spec­tive it of­fered.

Au­thor and artist Li Kunwu paints an in­ter­est­ing yet

ac­count of grow­ing mod­ern China’s for­ma­tive the mid-20th cen­tury. The novel, which was also

by French writer and Philippe Otie, ex­plores many ma­jor events that shaped over the course of nearly these in­clude the Cul­tural Great Leap For­ward. and to be­come the eco­nomic it is today.

The story is per­sonal and same time it never loses big­ger pic­ture, show­ing the

Li’s il­lus­tra­tion of the Great Leap For­ward is some­what car­toon-like in na­ture. as the story pro­gresses, there is a sub­tle but no­tice­able change in his art style, be­com­ing more re­al­is­tic as he ages over the years.

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