Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad

Graphic Novel - 2006
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"Deeply moving."--LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW★"Lavishly drawn, and devastating.... Vaughan has his marvelously imagined characters debate the concept of freedom versus desire for safety...the total effect is memorable."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred★"This is an important work, strongly recommended for all adult collections."--LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred "Seems destined to cement the reputation of Brian K. Vaughan as one of the best writers to grace the medium in many years."--VARIETYThe startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events arrives in a stunning new softcover edition. In his award-winning work on Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly's 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. The experience is made all the more evocative by the lush, spectacular artwork of Niko Henrichon.In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?
Publisher: New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, c2006.
ISBN: 9781401203153
1401203159
9781401203146
1401203140
Branch Call Number: GN VAUGHAN
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Henrichon, Niko

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GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A tale of the bombing of Baghdad from a unique perspective. A small pride of lions escape from their zoo when the bombs take down the walls, and wander the shattered human city while contemplating their freedom. This is a bit of a violent one, but it's good for that kid who is fast outgrowing the Erin Hunter books and maybe a little curious about what's going on in the Middle East.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

Based on true events, this graphic novel follows the story of a pride of four lions that escaped from the Baghdad zoo following an American bombing raid. The lions ‘ newfound freedom is, inevitably, fraught with danger and new challenges that they can’t understand and were not prepared for.

Niko Henrichon’s artwork is more than enough reason to pick up the book, but I also found the story deeply affecting, as the lions leave behind the caged safety they’ve always known, instead choosing freedom, whatever the cost (and the cost is high).

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bbailey77
Apr 15, 2013

Pride of Baghdad is a fascinating look into the minds of animals and their perspective of a human world. The story is a quick read, but Brian K. Vaughan succeeds in giving each lion a unique, idenifiable personality. However, Henrichon's artwork is simply outstanding in this graphic novel, and makes it worth the price of admission. This is a powerful book that behests us to conisder what we are doing to the world that we share with others.

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miaone
Jun 05, 2012

Americans know, and care, so little about the countries we invade. Here's a view of Baghdad we all should read; it was our bombs, tanks, and soldiers who destroyed it. Nine years later, it's worth it to ask, "Why?"

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neonchameleon
Nov 24, 2010

although I did like this graphic novel and i really felt for the characters, their were times that I felt the dialogue and the messages were a little heavy handed.

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KatieKnight
Nov 08, 2010

Surprisingly a good read, I've heard some great things about this one but never really had any real expectations for it. And finally I decided to pick it up even though I was still skeptical. And I'm pleased to say that I'm happy I did so.Once again after reading a Brian K. Vaughan graphic novel, I find myself feeling for the characters. He certainty doesn't believe in happy endings though. I was actually heart broken in the end, which is surprising considering the short amount of time we are given for character development. Well done.

carknerdy Aug 17, 2009

I didn't feel like this graphic novel really worked. At first it seemed to be trying to be an allegory for different nations in the middle east, but then it gave it up and just became a kind of animal story.

Yet another graphic novel about other countries/histories by north americans who don't seem to really evoke a sense of place or history..

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Apr 15, 2013

bbailey77 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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