Truly magical reading experiences happen when we feel like we’ve discovered a book that few others know about. These books were meant just for us, we think. And yet we wonder: how is it that not everyone knows about this book, that not everyone is reading it entranced? And so we want to share ‘our’ book with select others, so they too can experience the magic of this book, and hopefully love it as we have loved it.
Recently, I was assigned the book Above the Dreamless Dead* for a course that I’m taking. The book was published just this year, but I was lucky enough to find a copy checked in her at the library. I curled up in one of our armchairs with a hot cup of tea and the rain stream down the windowpanes as I read. Enchanted. I wasn’t here in the present day in a public library. I was gone.
The poetry of the Trench Poets such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Isaac Rosenberg has been adapted by modern day comic book artists. Each artist takes on a different poem and their vision breathes new life into old verse. Reading it I experienced loss and lice, glory and horror.
This Remembrance Day when we are thinking about how far we have come in the last one hundred years, and how far we still have to go to find peace, I urge you to get lost in Above the Dreamless Dead. It is a powerful reminder of the cost of war.
*Thank you to NetGalley and First Second for providing an Advanced Readers Copy of this title.