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Jair Beltr Beltr itibaren Blue Haven NSW, Avustralya itibaren Blue Haven NSW, Avustralya

Okuyucu Jair Beltr Beltr itibaren Blue Haven NSW, Avustralya

Jair Beltr Beltr itibaren Blue Haven NSW, Avustralya

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This graphic novel biography presents one of Houdini's most famous escapes -- jumping, handcuffed, off the Harvard Bridge into the freezing Charles River -- and a theory of how it was done. The grayscale pictures are very fitting, and the artwork reminds me of Persepolis. Nick Bertozzi really captures Houdini's glowering looks, dark brows, and famously parted black hair. He also does some nice things with empty white space (and, in the case of the underwater scenes, black space). The only criticism I have of the art is that Bess seems to be perpetually wearing the same expression. But then again, when you read how she was one of Houdini's few trusted accomplices, maybe that makes sense. Who'd suspect the silly, pretty wife? The underwater scene is heart-poundingly drawn out in a way that is hard to do with prose, but the silent, cinematic pictures force you to experience the minute as slowly as Houdini. Both the intro and the end notes provide some fascinating insight into Houdini's life and times (he was obsessed with fame and self-promotion; he said "anyone could do what I do if they worked hard enough"; there were no sound systems or microphones; etc.). This would be good paired with Escape! by Sid Fleischman.

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