Sunday, December 30, 2018

Reader's Diary #1999- Nathan Hale: Raid of No Return

Not being a big fan of media about war, I didn't have a lot of enthusiasm going into Nathan Hale's graphic novel Raid of No Return, but I wound up enjoying it.

First off, though Hale is American, I didn't find the story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour to be as unfairly depicted as it could have been, nor was the subsequent story of the U.S.'s first air raid on Japan (before the horrific atomic bomb drops) to be as propaganda-ish as I'd feared.

In some regards it reminded me of Pierre Berton's history books in how Hale had the ability to succinctly summarize and use strong characterizations to make facts not only easier to understand but even entertaining. More impressive, he managed to inject a lot of humour without coming across as disrespectful to what is clearly a heavy topic.

One feature I found less successful was the frame story. It's being told by a real-life historical figure, also named Nathan Hale, just before being executed. It was unnecessary and a bit odd. Fortunately it wasn't so intrusive that I couldn't get into the World War II parts.

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