Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Borden Tragedy...random thoughts
The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary. The world of graphic novels continues to delight me! And I'm beginning to believe the breadth of this medium is endless. This time around I discovered true crime in graphic novel form. (Many thanks to Joy for introducing me to this one.)
In a very brief introduction, Geary explains that he based this book on an unedited manuscript of an unknown woman's memoirs which was discovered at an estate sale in 1990. The manuscript, he stated, had been authenticated to a satisfying degree. Though there has been much speculation, the identity of this woman has never been ascertained. As we see in the book, this woman was a friend of Lizzie Borden, and after the murders, she set upon a quest to find out what had really happened.
The book was a very quick read, both because it was short and because it was impossible to put down. It did not give a terribly in-depth account of "the whole affair" but it was a nice, concise overview. Why I love true crime accounts is a question I've never been able to answer, and frankly, I've quit trying. But I definitely enjoyed this book. One thing I found fascinating was a glimpse at how times have changed...after a preliminary examination by the medical examiner, the bodies were moved to the dining room table where the post-mortem was performed...ewww.
If you've reviewed this book, please leave a link in the comments and I'll add it here. Thanks.
Joy at Thoughts of Joy
Graphic Novels Reading Challenge
O.K., O.K., I admit it...this book wasn't on my original list (I hadn't even heard of it then), but I'm sticking it in there as I've been having trouble finding a couple of the ones I'd originally intended to read. Is this considered cheating?