Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon – Pride of Baghdad


Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War.

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.

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?

Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Vertigo

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Patiess stāsts, kā četras lauvas (tēviņš, 2 mātītes un jauns lauvēns) 2003.gad aprīlī ASV bombardēšanas laikā izkļuva no Bagdādes zoodārza, un viņu pieredzētais brīvībā.

Ilustrācijas un skati ir kā konfektes acij, varētu baudīt stundām ilgi! Bez lauvām sevi atrāda arī citi dzīvnieki, un izcelt gribētos lauvu mazuļa un vienas no mātīšu sastapšanos ar dzīves pieredzi bagātu un daudz ko pieredzējušu savvaļas bruņurupuci.

Vienīgais, pie kā gribētos tomēr piekasīties, ir dzīvnieku savstarpējos dialogos skaidri saskatāmā cilvēcisku domu, ideju, sajūtu piedēvēšana dzīvnieka, un tādejādi rodas mazāks ticamības iespaids.

Lasot šķita, ka šī mazā Bagdādes lauvu bara gaitas norit vienas dienas laikā, un es pieņemu, ka tas tā veidots labākas lasāmības labad, vai arī kļūdos. Bet tās beigas! Ah, tās gan diemžēl patiesas.


A true story about how four lions (a male, two females and a cub) in April 2003 during an American bombing got out of Baghdad’s zoo and what they experienced during their freedom.

The art and illustrations are just wonderful and amazing, pure candy for the eye! You could devour them for hours. Besides the lions we also meet other animals from which I would like to highlight the cub on one of lioness’ encounter with a wild turtle rich with life experience.

The only thing the bothered me a bit were the dialogues between animals in which you could clearly see a personification of human thoughts, ideas and feelings to an animal, by that the believability was diminished a little.

At the end it felt like everything that happened with this little lion pride happened in a single day, which I assume was done to make the book more readable, or perhaps I’m wrong. But that ending! Oh, unfortunately those are true.

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