Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me

Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me

A Graphic Memoir

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and the EDSA Revolution. When she learns of her beloved father's fatal car accident, Mapa flies to Manila to attend his funeral. His sudden death sparks childhood memories. Weaving the past with the present, Mapa entertains with stories about religion, pop culture, adolescence, social class and politics, including her experiences of the 1986 People Power Revolution which made headlines around the world. It is a love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and in the end, perhaps even to herself"--
Publisher: Wolfville, Nova Scotia :, Conundrum Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781772620115
Branch Call Number: GN MAPA
Characteristics: 131 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Aug 16, 2018

I really enjoyed this memoir, which begins when Mapa learns her beloved father has passed away. She travels from Cana back to her childhood home in Manila for the funeral, which prompts memories of her childhood. Mapa does a great job weaving together and balancing personal and family memories with recollections of the 1986 revolution that overthrew Ferdinand Marcos and re-established democracy in the Philippines. Her art is clean and expressive, and her storytelling style had me completely absorbed.

Jan 28, 2018

This uplifting graphic memoir is full of love for the author's family, joy in her Filipino culture, and pride in the political power of her countrymen. Upon returning to the Philippines as and adult for her father's funeral, the author, Lorina Mapa, shares her memories of growing up in the eighties, complete with soundtrack, surrounded by her warm and joyous Filipino family. She also unfolds the story of growing authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos and how the citizens banded together in powerful peaceful resistance to overturn his rule and restore democracy to their nation. (I did find myself wondering if they will have to do so again.)

I recommend this book to people who enjoy graphic memoirs, coming of age stories, family stories, and historical insights. This title is suitable for middle school readers and beyond.

Dec 17, 2017

Moving vignettes of growing up in the Philippines in the 80s, and growing old after. Some of the transitions are disjointed, but a touching work overall.


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Jan 28, 2018

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