Saints

Saints

Book - 2013
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Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her name and identity in Christianity, but with the Boxer Rebellion in full swing and Chinese Christians facing death, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her religion or her country.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2013
ISBN: 9781596436893
Branch Call Number: YAN
Characteristics: 170, [2] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm

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SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints is a pair of volumes about rebellion in 19th century China. In Saints we follow a young woman as she tries to ally herself with the Christian invaders.

The stories are good, but somewhat slight. I don’t know. I liked the representation of the Brotherhood of the Righteous Fist becoming gods in their fights. Whenever I read histories of the Boxer Rebellion it seems stupid that so many people would believe a little ritual would protect them from bullets. This represented things in a way much easier to empathize with.

Really though, this book is a decent enough fictionalization of history, but it felt like the characters were there as a means of showing us history rather than having real depth of their own. Which is disappointing, because Yang’s made me care about characters and their individual struggles before.

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wombatcombat
Jun 30, 2017

If you have read Saints, you have to read Boxers, it's companion volume. A wonderfully plotted story of historical fiction. Read this, and you will finish shaking.

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skyekilaen
May 11, 2016

(Reviewed as part of Boxers and Saints, they're companion novels.)

The Boxer Rebellion in China between 1899 and 1901, through the eyes of two Chinese teenagers: a young man in the forefront of the anti-foreign, anti-Christian movement, and a young woman who converted to Christianity and whose home comes under attack.

Yang does an amazing job humanizing the real people caught up in the conflict, and showing how tragic the whole conflict was for everyone no matter what “side” they were on. This book is a meticulously researched masterwork.

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WCLSDemingLibrary
Dec 02, 2015

If you read "Saints," you have to read it's companion title "Boxers." The latter shows how the conflict begins, but this one shows how a young Chinese girl got caught up in it just by trying to find a home and a family that loves her.
~Alexa

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shayshortt
Nov 10, 2015

Vibiana, known to her family as Four-Girl, appears only twice, and briefly, within the pages of Boxers. In Saints, she takes center stage, showing one of the many ways in which Chinese converts might have been drawn to Christianity. Together, the two volumes tell the story of a brutal resistance that rose up in response to a brutal foreign power.

Read my full review: http://shayshortt.com/2015/11/10/boxers-saints/

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

Boxers & Saints are a masterful pair of graphic novels that offer perspective on both sides of China's Boxer Rebellion. The struggle hinged upon the arrival of Europeans who brought Christianity to the Chinese along with an unfortunate dose of subjugation.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/boxers_saints_yang

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Nov 14, 2014

Saints, along with its partner book Boxers, is a quirky story in true Gene Luen Yang style. Though I wasn't wild about the ending, the action is compelling and I definitely don't regret reading both of them. Of the two, I preferred Saints, but definitely read Boxers first!

jackjackattack95 Jul 13, 2014

Very exciting, funny read!

LibraryK8 May 23, 2014

Yang has a simple illustration style that keeps the reader visually engaged with bold lines and eye-catching use of color. The story is a bit confusing, and feels disjointed at times, but picks up after Vibiana leaves her family and becomes easier to follow. Short and bittersweet this book leaves the reader wanting. Perhaps reading the companion novel Boxers will fulfill that need.

Samsung Mar 24, 2014

Yang weaves some quite controversial historical issues into his graphic novel. I was so glad to read the honesty with which he expresses them. The conundrums western missionaries must have caused in Chinese society comes through painfully strong.

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green_owl_22
May 20, 2014

green_owl_22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 10

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Nov 07, 2013

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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LibraryK8 May 23, 2014

Four Girl is unwanted and unloved by her family. Seen as a demon-child, her family practically gives her up as a lost cause. Four girl, searching for acceptance discovers catholic missionaries near her small Chinese village.
After one exceptionally harsh experience with her grandfather, Four runs into the forest and sees a vision of Jeanne D'Arc. As Four distances herself from her family, and grows closer to the missionaries visions of Jeanne come more often, offering peace and guidance.
When her family discovers that Four plans to convert to Catholicism, the beat her, and Four, now christened Vibiana, runs away to work at the Catholic orphanage. Mostly lost in a sea of tales and saints, Vibiana doesn't understand most of her new faith, but she understands the acceptance she feels. Visions of the Maid of Orleans continue and Vibiana decides they are a sign she is supposed to be a woman warrior like Jeanne and convinces another convert, and former bandit to teach her the sword.
As the Boxer Rebellion rages in China, hunting down Christians and foreigners, Vibiana fears for the safety of her adopted family.

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JihadiConservative
Nov 07, 2013

Violence: not as bad as boxers but there is a arrow to the head and slashing with swords some blood

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