Boxers

Boxers

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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what's popularly known as the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

A New York Times bestseller

China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of "secondary devils" - Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes - the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

Discover the other side of the Boxer Rebellion in Saints - the companion volume to Boxers.

ISBN: 9781596433595
Branch Call Number: FIC Yang
Characteristics: rda
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328 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Pien, Lark

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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 Boxers, we follow a young man whose father is humiliated at the hands of the foreign devils and the people who’ve gravitated to their power so he turns to mystical powers to try to rid China of their influence.

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, these books are 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
Aug 02, 2017

A touching, intriguing graphic novel, a companion to Saints. About a boy in rural China who leads the rebellion against the Christians. Truthful, interesting, a wonderful plot, history intertwined with fiction. Highly recommended!

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black_cat_9072
Oct 29, 2016

The Boxers and Saints books were recommended to me by a friend of mine who is really into history and graphic novels.

This book shows the horrors and truths of war and invasions without being biased for one side, which I loved.

The companion book, Saints, tells nearly the same story, but from the perspective of the opposite side.

So seldom have I seen a book about the Boxer Rebellion that paints the Boxers as human beings who were simply fighting for what they believed was right.

Nothing is white-washed, the characters are very lively and the setting is (so far as I can tell) extremely accurate and well-researched.

This book offers no Pollyanna ending, although to figure out what truly happened and answer some of the questions that may have been haunting you, you should read 'Saints' as well.

Instead, Boxers shows that we seldom get our perfect, fairytale endings and we seldom stay pure in our motives and virtues, but occasionally, we make it through. We survive, against the odds. It's beautiful.

I'd recommend reading this for a fresh perspective on the standard historical fiction work.

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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

A compelling read. Like many conflicts, neither side is blameless and you have to read it's companion title "Saints" for the full picture and the end of Little Bao's story.
~Alexa

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shayshortt
Nov 10, 2015

This intriguing time period (1894-1900) provides ample scope for the story, and it is mythology and the costuming of Chinese opera that give Yang room for artistic flair rather than pure visual realism.

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

LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

Longer than Saints, this book feels fuller and richer than it's companion novel. Bao's character is well rounded, as we watch him grow from a helpless boy into a man teetering on the edge of self-doubt. The drawing style is simple and compelling, with a careful use of color (especially for the Chinese gods) to draw the reader's eye. An interesting look at a conflict often overlooked by American schools.

loveablelibrarian Mar 08, 2014

Wow! This is one beautiful story. I loved the place of myth here and was really interested in the perspective given on the impact of imperial presence. Very neat. An absolute must read!

mvkramer Mar 03, 2014

I liked that this book and its companion volume "Saints" showed the human side of people on both sides of the Boxer Rebellion- a boy who fights to protect China from foreign influences and a girl who becomes a Christian to find a belonging she lacks in her family. The story never resorted to false equivalency, however - Bao's actions are definitely wrong, despite his understandable motives. Read if you're a history buff, or if you just like a good story.

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Aug 02, 2017

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E_L_I_J_A_H
Jun 19, 2016

Talks about a child growing through war and him fighting for his country

LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

The companion novel to Saints, this book looks at the same situation from a different angle. Little Bao has grown up reenacting his favorite Chinese operas and looking up to his father. When his father is hobbled by European colonists, Bao's older brothers take over the family, relegating Bao to the role of little brother. In secret he trains with a martial arts master, and quickly out paces his brothers. When colonists threaten his small village, Bao harnesses the power of an ancient Chinese emperor to fight against them.

Sharing the secret of his martial arts training, Bao gathers and army of Boxers (including his brothers) to use the power of the Chinese gods to drive the colonists and "foreign devils" from China. As the Boxers travel to the capitol city to convince the Empress to free their country, they meet several challenges along the way testing their faith and fortitude. By the end of the book, Bao and Vibianain's stories cross paths to end in tragedy.

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JihadiConservative
Nov 07, 2013

Sexual Content: referring to drinking mentstrual blood

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JihadiConservative
Nov 07, 2013

Violence: slashing cutting and a lot of blood

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E_L_I_J_A_H
Jun 19, 2016

"Its time for you to die"

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shayshortt
Nov 10, 2015

“What is China but a people and their stories?”

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