Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

Forget Sorrow An Ancestral Tale Celebrated artist and writer Belle Yang makes a stunning debut as a graphic memoirist with this story of crisis and survival When Belle Yang was forced to take refuge in her parents home after an abus

  • Title: Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale
  • Author: Belle Yang
  • ISBN: 9780393068344
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Celebrated artist and writer Belle Yang makes a stunning debut as a graphic memoirist with this story of crisis and survival.When Belle Yang was forced to take refuge in her parents home after an abusive boyfriend began stalking her, her father entertained her with stories of old China The history she d ignored while growing up became a source of comfort and inspiration,Celebrated artist and writer Belle Yang makes a stunning debut as a graphic memoirist with this story of crisis and survival.When Belle Yang was forced to take refuge in her parents home after an abusive boyfriend began stalking her, her father entertained her with stories of old China The history she d ignored while growing up became a source of comfort and inspiration, and narrowed the gap separating her an independent, Chinese American woman from her Old World Chinese parents.In Forget Sorrow, Yang makes her debut into the graphic form with the story of her father s family, reunited under the House of Yang in Manchuria during the Second World War and struggling both together and individually to weather poverty, famine, and, later, Communist oppression The parallels between Belle Yang s journey of self discovery and the lives and choices of her grandfather, his brothers, and their father the Patriarch speak powerfully of the conflicts between generations and of possibilities for reconciliation.Forget Sorrow demonstrates the power of storytelling and remembrance, as Belle in telling this story finds the strength to honor both her father and herself.

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    1. I got ‘Forget Sorrow’ by Belle Yang, as a birthday present from one of my dear friends. My friend has introduced me to a lot of beautiful literature and so I couldn’t wait to read Belle Yang’s book. I read it in one sitting. Here is what I think.What I think‘Forget Sorrow’ is the memoir of the author Belle Yang and that of her father. Belle Yang starts the book with her own life – on how she was born in Taiwan to parents who had come from mainland China and how they had ended up in [...]

    2. I wanted to enjoy this much more than I did. You never want to speak ill of tragedy-laden true stories, of course. And it's a part of 20th century history that has never received all that much attention in the West, thanks to the distraction of our own horrors. But I did have difficulty with the art. I was really surprised to learn at the end that Yang is an established artist, so it was a style choice rather than simply a lack of experience. Things were just too tightly packed for me, and not e [...]

    3. This is an interesting graphic memoir in which Belle Yang tells not only a bit of her own story (she's turned to her parents for refuge from a dangerous stalker they've nicknamed "Rotten Egg") but also shares her father's family's history. Her father's ancestors settle in Manchuria and build a prosperous life there, but by the time her father and uncles are young men, their comfortable lives are in jeopardy -- first from the Japanese and then from the Communists. Some of the relatives Yang descr [...]

    4. Belle Yang spent years of her life trying to stay safe from a violent ex-boyfriend. She lost friends, she spent a few years studying in China, and she returned home to live with her parents. Her parents protected her, but her father resented how Belle's life had turned out, and even blamed her for the abusive ex-boyfriend.Forget Sorrow is the story of how Belle and her father grew close again through the stories he told of the generations of their family. The conflicts, the sacrifices, the mista [...]

    5. Unlike many of my friends, I am not a comic book reader. And then there was Allison Bechdel's amazing graphic novel Fun Home, and I discovered that I needed to reconsider my previous stance. And to be honest, I brought this lovely and poetic graphic novel home for my partner who loves comic books. But then I picked it up to browse through before returning to the library and suddenly I was halfway through Belle Yang's beautifully illustrated tale of escaping her abusive boyfriend (named Rotten Eg [...]

    6. i judged a book by its cover and that's how this one got my attention, but i actually think that's a great way to find graphic novelsrget sorrow is reminiscent of persepolis, in that it chronicles political upheaval in china. instead of putting us directly in the moment, the plot comes from a girl writing about her extended family in china. she tells the story after listening to hours of stories from her father. it's a beautiful tribute to her family. it's very old fashioned in terms of asian cu [...]

    7. I found the narration far too confusing, especially when Yang's rather cartoony drawing style doesn't do much to distinguish between characters. They're all about the same basic build, but maybe one's hat is different or he has a wave in his hair. Yeahwho is that again? And then periodically she'll interrupt somebody's narration with her own and I had a hard time keeping track which generation was currently speaking. Suggestions: -family tree at the beginning of the book, complete with little fa [...]

    8. Another fine addition to the somewhat-self-centered-young-adult-gets-some-perspective-by-listening-to-his/her-father's-tale-of-struggle-in-his-homeland-during-wartime-and-journey-to-America-then-writes-a-graphic-memoir-about-it genre.

    9. The story in this book kind of reminded me of the Chinese father-daughter team on the Amazing Race Season 11. I don't like them and I did not like this book.

    10. The title comes from the author's name: Xuan means "Forget Sorrow" in Chinese. This graphic memoir starts with Belle Yang's life and then continues with his father's family history. It includes the history of China, the turmoil brought first with wars and then Communism, father-son/daughter tensions, sibling rivalries, Chinese traditions and culture, Taoism and Buddhism. Of course, the family history is told by one person. How true and fair it is is questionable. At times I wondered about certai [...]

    11. Forget Sorrow is about a girl's father's tale of family relationships during WWII, and how it relates to real life. This book is a graphic novel that is very expressive and uses a different art style that is sometimes hard to read. This book talks about how the family lineage came from China, and shows the progress of each generation. This graphic novel is a commitment to read compared to other graphic novels.

    12. In 2016 I decided that I was trying to read more and one of my friends told I should start reading graphic novels. It was the best advice! So this year I look up for some in my work and found this graphic novel that I really loved. Is kinda of harsh but at the same time a history of a life with intemperances which is pretty much our lives but, of course at different levels.

    13. read harder challenge 2018: read a comic written or illustrated by a person of colorpopsugar challenge 2018: read a book by an author of a different ethnicity than youI read that Belle Yang wrote this as prose, first, but had trouble getting it published. I think there's a reason for that.

    14. Ce conte sino-américain est une vraie merveille. C'est une plongée dans la Chine du XXe siècle avec ses valeurs et ses coutumes. Le dessin à l'encre de chine est absolument magnifique tout en finesse et en simplicité.On referme ce roman graphique avec l'envie que l'histoire continue encore.

    15. The story was very touching, though the format was a little confusing at times. I feel like I learned a lot.

    16. Me compré este libro en un viaje a Estados Unidos. Me tincó porque nunca he leído a una ilustradora china y porque en la recomendación decía que es el "Maus de la revolución cultural". La verdad no sé si es para tanto. Y ésa es mi primera crítica. también agrupa este libro junto a Persépolis o algunos de Bechdel. Y no sé si tiene esa calidad. Las ilustraciones funcionan, pero no están al nivel de vanguardia de Art Spiegelman, que se tira a la piscina nomás y explica el holocausto [...]

    17. Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale is about Belle Yang, who spends a long amount of time listening to her father tell her stories about his family and their lives back in China during Japanese-occupied Manchuria up until Communism becomes widely spread around the country while Belle herself is struggling to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend and comes to terms with not ending up exactly how her parents and she expected.While the style of art isn't exactly my favourite or as aesthetically pleasing to m [...]

    18. I won this copy via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. So it goes!I liked this. The family story is nice, and the atmosphere is really strong. I liked seeing a lot of everyday-life stories about early 20th-century China, and these make the book very illuminating. RIYL Persepolis-es. The family relationships are cool, but this narrative is a tad bland at times, as nonfiction can be when it isn't exceptionally well-structured. It's hard to give a fantastic climax to real life. Don't we know it!My fav [...]

    19. I feel honored to have been given an advanced copy of Forget Sorrow, as it will surely be placed among the greats of the graphic memoir subgenre. Like Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home, and Epileptic, it uses sequential art as a perfect medium for presenting an autobiographical narrative. Bell Yang's background in calligraphy is evident in her elegant line art, evoking both Classic Chinese drawings and traditional cartooning.The book is about the expectations and assumptions that parents have for their [...]

    20. If I could give half stars, I would give this a 3.5. This is the first Graphic Memoir I have read about a Chinese Family. Being part Chinese, I was thankful for the opportunity to read this. I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book. It helps to understand the times by reading about real life experiences (or what one person's first, second, and sometimes even third account of memories are provided). What I didn't like about this book is that it was often confusing. There was so much going ba [...]

    21. I'm sad to say I'm a little bit disappointed. Mostly because I rarely buy graphic novels and I took my time to go through the bookstore to chose this title that appealed the most to me and seemed to be very interesting and at the end, I got one book that felt messy and a little bit flat.Which I find hard to say because this is a memoir, or at least the author's family story and it is without a doubt worthy to be told. Be it for the family story and the important historical times it talked about. [...]

    22. 185. Forget Sorrow: an Ancestral Tale by Belle YangThis graphic novel chronicles the history of the Yang family, from their earliest origins in China to the present generation living in America. I really enjoyed the drawings in this and the artist was able to engage me in the story as well. The four brothers and their father all look related, but the reader is able to differentiate between them because of the details in her drawing. There is the Japanese invasion and the Second World War. The co [...]

    23. Interesting graphic novel rendition of Chinese ancestral stories, told to a Chinese-American woman by her father. The book goes through the early settlement of villages outside the Great Wall, then skips to just before the Japanese invasion and World War II. The author's father managed to escape to Taiwan, then made his way to Japan to get an education before arriving in America. But the rest of his family was trapped in China, former landowners in a country that now hated capitalists.The story [...]

    24. I was a wee bit disappointed in this book, as I was expecting a contemporary memoir (that is, a book about herself and her life). It's mainly a history of her family, focusing mainly on the 20th century, on her paternal grandparents and great-grandparents. For those who like Dr. Zhivago-like histories of the transition from early 20th-century to post-World War II/Communist society, you'll really like this book; or if you just enjoy Chinese history and culture in general (I'm thinking this would [...]

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