Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reader's Diary #1983- Duncan Tonatiuh: Undocumented A Worker's Fight

Most ratings and reviews of Duncan Tonatiuh's Undocumented: A Worker's Fight have been so favorable that I'd really had my hopes up for this one. Especially with the current prejudices against immigrants, I thought it could be a very timely, important story.

I'll grant that the art is quite good and interesting, the tale itself is so rushed it's underdeveloped. It begins with Juan's life in Mexico before sneaking across the US border. Finally in the US he is beaten and mistreated and taken advantage of, especially being underpaid. I really felt the need for more in the first half. There was such an opportunity to humanize this person that was blown. If life is that bad in the US, why go? What was his original motivation? I think we needed to see how bleak and desperate his life was in Mexico to fully appreciate the full story.

Likewise, I liked the characters voice and got some sense of his personality, but it was too short to really connect. It felt like a pamphlet.

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