Algeria is Beautiful Like America.

Author:Dabbene, Peter
Position:Brief article - Book review
 
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Olivia Burton, Mahi Grand (illustrator), and Edward Gauvin (translator); ALGERIA IS BEAUTIFUL LIKE AMERICA; Lion Forge (Comics & Graphic Novels: Comics & Graphic Novels) 24.99 ISBN: 9781941302569

Byline: Peter Dabbene

In her graphic novel memoir Algeria is Beautiful Like America, Olivia Burton travels to her family's former homeland, only to find that many of her beliefs about her family's past, and Algeria as a whole, are wrong.

Burton begins by establishing the reason for her curiosity about Algeria: many relatives, including her mother and grandmother, spent years relating stories of their life in that country. After years of postponing her trip because of safety concerns, Burton finally decides to go. She slowly realizes that many of her family's stories have been idealized through the lens of time or skewed by a particular point of view.

Guided by locals and her deceased grandmother's written memories of Algeria, Burton sifts through the bloody and sometimes confusing history of French colonists like her family and...

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