Title: White Collar
Author: Giacomo Patri
Publication Date: September 21st
Genre: Graphic Novel, Non Fiction, Sequential Art
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Links: Amazon . Goodreads
The struggles and injustices faced by workers during the Great Depression spring to graphic life in this powerful wordless novel, which traces a middle-class family's downward spiral. Recounted in 128 striking black-and-white linocuts by artist Giacomo Patri, the story takes place between 1929 and 1933, from just before the stock market crash to the devastating years immediately afterward. The protagonist, an earnest young man with a promising career in advertising, descends into unemployment, debt, and homelessness. Desperate to provide for his family, he discovers common ground with blue-collar workers and the benefits of union organizing.
Because of its controversial depictions of class struggle, unionization, and abortion, White Collar was shunned by publishers, and the author was forced to print his own editions. Early copies are extremely rare; this Dover edition marks the volume's first return to print in decades, and its very first appearance in hardcover.
Suggested for mature readers.
I received an eARC of White Collar from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange with an honest review .
As a person who got the opportunity to lead the discussion on Blue Collar Jobs in my 2nd year of college, I was very thrilled when I read the title of this graphic novel.
This book begins and ends with written paragraphs that explain what the book of White Collar is about. In between, you get to enjoy the amazing graphics that are used to show the story.
The illustrations truly emphasized the statement that says; " a picture is worth a thousand words" .
Not only did I enjoy reading White Collars, but I also ended up learning a valuable historic lesson.
I give it 4.5/5 stars.