Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Crime & Mystery, Historical Fiction
Published by Top Shelf
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Set in France
"Moving Pictures "is the story of the awkward and dangerous relationship between curator Ila Gardner and officer Rolf Hauptmann, as they are forced by circumstances to play out their private lives in a public power struggle. The narrative unfolds along two timelines which collide with the revelation of a terrible secret, an enigmatic decision that not many would make, and the realization that sometimes the only choice left is the refusal to choose.
I’ve talked here before about not being a big comic/graphic novel fan because they are too short. However, my library just got Hoopla which lets you read graphic novels from their collection on an iPad. I figured I would be more likely to read them that way than getting multiple short books from the library. After I read my first 25 page comic on the life of Ganesh, which was interesting, I realized that I could only download 10 books a month. That killed my plan to read all the short ones about the Indian gods and goddesses. So I started looking to see what books they had that were fairly long.
Moving Pictures is 146 pages. It is the story of a Canadian woman working at a French museum during World War II. She has been in charge of boxing up the non-important works of art and storing them in the basement of her museum. She has decided to stay in France during the war for reasons that aren’t clear to her coworkers. At the beginning of the book she is being interrogated by a German officer about her work at the museum.
The artwork is black and white and very minimalist except when a particular piece of art is being discussed. It shows up well in digital form.
The story is told in flashbacks to show how these people ended up in this interrogation room.
This is a good introduction to historical fiction graphic novels.