Thursday, July 17, 2014
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda
In addition to the difficulty of the subject matter, the story does not flow easily. The narrative skips around, with frequent flashbacks that are not noticeable by a change in color or anything else. I used the state of Deogratias' shirt to know if I was in the past or present. In his most dire moments, Deogratias transforms into a dog, which was also confusing, at first.
I am a huge proponent of using graphic novels to teach history. This is a book that would need serious consideration before bringing into a high school classroom. There is a lot of vulgar language, and the images are disturbing. Many of the victims were raped before they were murdered, and this is clear in the illustrations. There is a lot to learn from Deogratias…make sure that you have full administrative support before sharing.