Monday, October 3, 2011

Book 15 - War is boring by David Axe and Matt Bors - Iraq, Lebanon, Washington DC, East Timor, Afghanistan, Somalia, Detroit, Chad

This graphic novel follows the war correspondent David Axe as he recounts to his driver in Chad his various experiences in the world's war zones. He reflects on the fact that often in these situations he simply waiting for 'something' to happen and then when it does he has to be in the right place at the right time. When he does venture back to the safety and peace of his native USA it is not long before he realises that  "As boring as war can be... peace is much worse." Also David hates being called a 'war correspondent'. The reader is taken into the dangerous war zones of the world following David as he writes about his experiences. The language and pictures reflect the realities of the war zones he visits. David sees himself as a war tourist and writes his observations on the web comic "War is boring" - see link below. We can see how his experiences have turned him into a journalist who is trying hard to bring the injustices of war to the world's attention.

I am not a great reader of graphic novels but this one certainly arrested my attention. Definitely for older students due to the use of profane language and some of the content.

David Axe has a blog called 'War is boring'

Interview with David Axe by his some times editor, Noah Shachtman - warning language may offend.

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