Rate this book

Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel (2014)

by Anya Ulinich(Favorite Author)
3.97 of 5 Votes: 5
0143125249 (ISBN13: 9780143125242)
Penguin Books
review 1: This was a complete failure of the Bechdel test (if there were such a test of-the-page). In all honesty I wasn't even thinking about such a thing until I began growing so impatient with this protagonist that it occurred to me that all her concerns and conversations revolve around -- , ruminate upon --, hearken back to --, and agonize about -- ... you know what (men). Not only that, but there are often too many words per page and one could not establish a reading flow: almost entire recto/verso pairs of printed narrative intermixed with pages of drawings (and isn't that a cop-out if this is supposed to be a graphic novel?) So I decided this failed another Bechdel test - that of the inevitable comparisons of skillfulness at composing a graphic novel or me... moremoir.
review 2: The cover and the title are a mismatch with the content of this fictionalized graphic novel memoir. I would describe it as a dating/OkCupid story, with the protagonist Lena being a Russian immigrant living in New York City, who's been in the US for over two decades and has two children. While it opens with a trip back to Russia, the bulk of the novel is about Lena experimenting with online dating and a relationship with a man she calls the Orphan. I loved the artwork, and the way the author would draw a small little figure of Lena on the bigger Lena's shoulder as a sort of truthful little conscience. Flashbacks to childhood are integrated well into the current-day storyline. less
Reviews (see all)
So enjoyable! Especially for those among us who are 1.5th generation!
This book was great. Funny, relateable, and engaging.
Write review
Review will shown on site after approval.
(Review will shown on site after approval)