Understanding the Views Outside | Review of “The Outside Circle” by Patti LaBoucan-Benson/Art by Kelling Mellings (2015) House of Anansi

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I have to admit that I am new to reading graphic novels. I keeping hearing over and over again from different sources how powerful and enlightening certain graphic novels are so I check them out. And I have to agree that I find the story lines and the images powerful to me and my mind’s eye. Hence why I feel the need to mention The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Patti LaBoucane and Kelly Mellings here.

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The imagery is strong in this book and the plot flows well, easily helping the mind’s eye grasp the story. It deals with Pete, a young Aboriginal man dealing with the harshness of modern, urban life. Pete’s involvement with gangs and his mother’s heroin addiction threaten the little comfort he and his family have. It is in jail and through rehabilitation – including traditional  Aboriginal healing circles – that we see Pete rise up and realize his true identity.

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The perception may be that this is a simple book to read but it is one that should be pondered over and reflected upon. It gives insight to a section of humanity that needs to be understood and considered. I certainly found it enlightening to understanding the situation of the Aboriginal communities.

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The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Patti LaBoucane and Kelly Mellings is a great piece of literature. It enlightens readers an element of the human condition in a strong and forceful form. A must read for any book fan, no matter what their background may be.

Link to House of Anansi website for The Outside Circle

 

 

 

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