The Other Side of the Wall

The Other Side of the Wall

Book - 2015
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"Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in the GDR (East Germany). One and a half years later, he left the country with his parents, and the family resettled in West Berlin. As political dissidents, his parents experienced harassment by the Stasi and a lack of understanding from members of their own family. This striking graphic novel memoir chronicles the family's difficult journey to get to the other side of the Berlin Wall"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Graphic Universe, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781467758406
Branch Call Number: 943.086 Sc
Description: 112 pages : chiefly illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Watkinson, Laura


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Feb 11, 2017

This story was too fast, too small and too broad. I didn't have a chance to become attached to the characters. The whole thing was very staccato and it left me not caring about the characters or their story. I gave it as high of a rating as I did because I can appreciate the importance of such a story and I like the message, I just am not the biggest fan of how it was told.

IanH_KCMO Oct 04, 2016

While it's certainly fascinating to read about the creepy/terrible state of East Germany, Schwartz's story plays like Persepolis light. His art even looks like that of a poor man's Marjane Satrapi! While it is a fascinating glimpse into living under a oppressive regime and the complications that arise when you try to escape, the storytelling isn't as compelling as it could be. The story chronicles his family's struggles to move to West Berlin, and while it's obvious this was at three-year stretch full of tension and fear, it's never really properly conveyed on the page. Despite the uneven storytelling and Schwartz's tendency to jump around in the chronology willy nilly thus disrupting the narrative thread that this tale sorely needs, I still think it's a useful text for the middle school audience it is geared toward as it covers a fascinating, creepy, and underreported part of European History.


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