The Portland Mercury reviews Hostage

“ Looking Back on the Best Books of 2017” / Portland Mercury / Suzette Smith / December 17, 2017

I regret that Hostage, a 436-page nonfiction graphic novel by Quebecois cartoonist Guy Delisle that recounts the 1997 kidnapping of Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André, seemed to fall through the cracks this year. I’m not a fan of Delisle’s other work, but by working in close cooperation with André, he’s captured a sparse, methodical narrative that feels true to life. Making Andre’s imprisonment into a comic allows the reader to feel the time stolen from a hostage’s life, while André’s pragmatic perspective and approaches to maintaining his sanity are oddly comforting.

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