The White Donkey

The White Donkey

Terminal Lance

Book - 2016
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Grand Central Pub
A New York Times bestseller: A graphic novel of war and its aftermath.

A powerful, compulsively page-turning, vivid, and moving tribute to the experience of war and PTSD, The White Donkey tells the story of Abe, a young Marine recruit who experiences the ugly, pedestrian, and often meaningless side of military service in rural Iraq. He enlists in hopes of finding that missing something in his life but comes to find out that it's not quite what he expected.

Abe gets more than he bargained for when his journey takes him to the middle east in war-torn Iraq. This is a story about a Marine, written and illustrated by a Marine, and is the first graphic novel about the war in Iraq from a veteran. The White Donkey explores the experience of being a Marine, as well as the challenges that veterans face upon their return home, and its raw power will leave you in awe.

Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of Abe, a young Marine recruit who enlists in order to find something missing from his life but only winds up experiencing the terrible side of military service in Iraq.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First Little, Brown edition
ISBN: 9780316362832
Branch Call Number: Fiction Uriarte
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm


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Sep 06, 2018

Most of my adjectives for this book start with H: haunting, harrowing, heartbreaking. It's an emotionally raw story about a young man who joins the Marines for probably not-so-great reasons, isn't particularly well-suited to it, and ends up badly broken by his traumatic experiences. Uriarte is a cartoonist and former Marine whose webcomic Terminal Lance became popular with Corps members and vets. Here he does a pivot from cartoon humor strips to a serious graphic novel, and it's clear he has talent for both kinds of work. It's not a universal story about military experience, because everyone in the military has their own story, but it is an important one.

Sep 08, 2017

Drawings and dialogue are okay, characters and storytelling just so so; acronyms and jargon could have been better explained. Emotional ending.

Oct 31, 2016

war is hell I guess, I don't have any experience so I don't know. I do know that PTSD is a real thing and affects a myriad of service personel here in Canada and the States. It read more like a comic book than a novel but with out being long and drawn out, an interesting albeit short read.


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