Book Review: The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson

The graphic novel, The Outside Circle, was nominated for the White Pine Award (a Canadian literary award) and I can see why. The issues highlighted in the story are relevant for so many people today: the disempowerment of the First Nation people in Canada, and the struggle to find themselves and follow their culture once more. The story gives a brief synopsis of the history of a nation and is a perfect read for those who wish to educate themselves quickly on the aboriginal issues in Canada without reading heavy textbooks..

As with all graphic novels, this is a quick read and I completed it in an afternoon. There were times when I wished the storyline had a little more in it – more detail and a little more connection between the different scenes. The artwork, however, more than made up for any lack in the storyline. The graphics moved the story forward and highlighted the symbolism present in the story and the shift in the main charater’s viewpoint. This is a novel I would page through again just to enjoy the illustrations. The Outside Circle is the perfect way to introduce people to one of the issues that are prelavent in a sector of Canadian society.

Do you enjoy reading graphic novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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