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Saints

Yang, Gene Luen (Paperback - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Saints


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Baker & Taylor
A companion volume to Boxers graphically depicts China's 1898 Boxer Rebellion from the perspective of a young Christian convert and neglected fourth daughter who struggles with divided loyalties that compel her to make the ultimate sacrifice for her faith. Original.

McMillan Palgrave
China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship—and a name, Vibiana—in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.
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Boxers & Saints is a groundbreaking graphic novel in two volumes. This innovative format presents two parallel tales about young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Saints tells Vibiana's story, and the companion volume, Boxers, tells the story of Little Bao, a young man who joins the Boxer Rebellion. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion, and lays bare the universal foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.


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Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her name and identity in Christianity, but with the Boxer Rebellion in full swing and Chinese Christians facing death, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her religion or her country.

Authors: Yang, Gene Luen
Statement of Responsibility: Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien
Title: Saints
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 170 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
still image
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Yang weaves some quite controversial historical issues into his graphic novel. I was so glad to read the honesty with which he expresses them. The conundrums western missionaries must have caused in Chinese society comes through painfully strong.

It's a shame that SAINTS is styled as a shorter bookend to the companion volume BOXERS, because the underdog girl hero in this book is much more interesting and appealing than her marauding counterpart in the main volume. So read BOXERS to get the context of the Boxer Rebellion, but turn to SAINTS for the truly affecting storytelling.

Report This Feb 23, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Every war has two sides and this one just seems more heartbreaking than Boxers if only because of Four-Girl/Vibiana's fate and how the story begins. She's an unwanted girl who finds a family in the 'devils' that have come to China. She finds a home and a purpose and does all she can to live up to, and she even does in end. Both books need to be read together and they are just wonderful.

Report This Jan 06, 2014
  • naguiar rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book a much more compelling read than its predecessor, Boxers. I found the main character much more likable in terms of her humanity and her will. But again, as was with Boxers, too much emphasis was placed on her connection with Joan of Arc and how she kept seeing and talking to her ghost, rather than focusing on the real history of the Boxer Rebellion. I was also deeply unsatisfied with the ending, especially after having read Boxers.

Report This Jan 05, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I've been sitting on this review for a couple of days waiting for a muse, and haven't been able to find inspiration. It was a perfectly good read--high quality, fascinating story, engaging storytelling, compelling character development, impeccable illustrations--but for whatever reason I can't get myself excited to talk about it. Regardless, I'm very glad to have read it and recommend it to others. ----- I do have to admit some disappointment with volume #2. After finishing Boxers I was really looking forward to gaining more insight into Bao's story from another perspective in Saints, and instead ended up not enjoying the second story as much. So 4 stars for #1, 3.5 stars for #2.

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

depresing...but so ...goood...

Report This Oct 29, 2013
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an exciting and emotional graphic telling of a period of Western imperialism and missionaries in China. Told from the personal point of view of a Chinese youth swept up by her country's struggle. The main character Four Girl is a fully-realized and compelling character. I really rooted for her. Her story is suspenseful, fascinating, infuriating, funny, scary, and sad. It's companion piece, Yang's book "Boxers," is another side of this time in Chinese history and really enhances the story of "Saints." Read them both. Gene Luen Yang is an excellent graphic story-teller. Also pick up his book "American Born Chinese."

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: not as bad as boxers but there is a arrow to the head and slashing with swords some blood

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