Hamid Sulaiman: Freedom Hospital



Years ago and how the death and suffering has just continued unabated in the interim But again the creator doesn t manage to bring this home to me between the covers of his bookAnd no the author having a character acknowledge the cheesiness of an amnesia storyline in the script does not then make the amnesia storyline not cheesyThe art is full of big black blotches that at times seem less like illustrations and like Rorschach test inkblots Characters are drawn in an almost impressionistic style with a minimum of lines so they are sometimes difficult to tell apart Action is sometimes difficult to followI was hoping for something that would educate and move me but instead I m left wishing I had read something else I m neither a pessimist nor an optimist I m a realist I never thought I d see the day we d be pandering to the likes of Abu atada and Salem pg 214This isn t a good book I m sorry to say I m not even sure what it s about I got the main message Syria is hellThat s it I stumbled through the book If ou asked me who the characters were and what their motivations were I d be unable to answer If Hai nhà you asked me What happened in the book I d be unable to answer Who was good Who did what to whom Who betrayed whom What the heck was going on I have no ideaI know Hamid Sulaiman fled Syria and wrote this book to shed some light on what was going on there but he failed I have no idea what s going on after reading this bookThe book starts with a cast of characters and that s ALWAYS a bad sign IMO If I can t tellour characters stories and faces and lives apart from reading the book we re already in trouble You re even acknowledging this by making a Cast of Characters so we are in even deeper troubleTL DR The book is confusing I couldn t follow the plot and honestly had no real idea of what was going on Syria is hell is basically the only thing I took away from thisNAMES IN THIS BOOKview spoilerYasmin fSophie fAbu Taysir mAbu Azab mOne Eyed EliasJamal mHaval mYazan mSalem mWalid Abu atada mZahabiah fFawaz Al Fawaz m hide spoiler This past week I read The Arab of the Future volume 3 of Riad Sattouf s memoir about growing up in mostly Syria and France set in the eighties an amusing tale of an economic and political system in chaos I also read Don Brown s YA oriented Unwanted stories focused on 21st century Syrian refugees a continuing tragedy Freedom Hospital is graphic fiction historical fiction set in 2012 40 000 people have already at this point died at this point in what was known as the Syrian Arab Spring what people had hoped and still hope was the beginning of a revolution against a brutal regime that has had international nightmarish implications The story focuses on various Harry Potter a Me Ka Pōhaku Akeakamai: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Hawaiian young people working toward the revolution out of a small clandestine hospital The effect isn t so much historical as literary which is to say it gives the feel of what it might have been foroung hopeful people living in political chaos with people dead and dying all around It feels in story and artwork poetic which is to say all the connections to historical events or plot or character are less detailed intimated It s scratch off black and white artwork sort of blotchy which makes me think it is consistent with the diy nature of the hospital There s a 12 character list at the opening to help Falling Through Clouds you follow maybe too many characters for a short book My attraction to it is my third way of presenting connections to an international political disaster largely ignored by the international community What can journalists and other writers do to bear witness This would not be useful were it the only thingou read about Syria today but it is useful as part of the puzzle. Eedom Hospital illuminates a complicated situation with gut wrenching detail and very dark humor The story of Syria is one of the most devastating narratives of our age and Freedom Hospital is an important and timely book from a new international tale.

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Acters so flat so indistinguishable This doesn t make sense as the dramatis personae in the beginning of the book and the development of the story treats the characters clearly as individuals as distinguishable And the same is true for the locations Undamaged houses and rubble are hardly distinguishable either I do believe that the author is mourning over the loss of his country Syria and he is clearly in favor of the political anti Assad opposition not in favor of the islamist opposition though but he treats the country without love when he draws itAll in all this seems to be a rambling book to me I need to get my information and my art about the tragedy of Syria from somewhere else Any suggestions only downside a mix of fiction real eventsYet a powerful insight into the once proclaimed democratic revolutionsWhilst the book is vey anti Assad in the beginning it shows another great graphic novel about middle eastern conflict although sulaimans style of completely black and white formal than cartoon is different to almost all graphic novels i ve read before i really enjoyed it except for one frame parodying the sistine chapel with two characters passing a zootgosh i couldnt help but cringe good for basic knowledge of the early stages of the syrian civil war leaving u with lots of pointers of where else to research etc also highlighting hypocrisy from some of the powers involved the way it points out where the arms are sold from Dope book Hamid Freedom Hospital is a mix of fact and fiction based around an underground Syrian hospital which tends to injured rebels At the start of the book it feels like the rebels wanted a peaceful solution to the country s problems As time goes on and the death toll climbs they are turned to violence too This leaves a space for extremists to recruit those who feel failed by both sides and we see how Isis tried to take advantage of the situationAs well as these three factions of course there are those who just want to get on with their lives along with their human rights so uashed by Assad The daily death count printed at the top of the pages is a saddenign reminder of the senseless loss of the conflictAssad s regime is propped up by foreign weapons and throughout the pages the tanks planes and artillery are tagged by who provided what a lot from Russia but tother countries aren t innocent eitherIf The Art of Acquiring you re uite well informed of the Syria situation I m not sure reading this will add much but it serves as a good introduction It s not an intensely personal approach as Hamid has used anecdotes from many of his friends who stayed behind rather than writing an account of his own experienceI m not a huge fan of the artwork but its sparseness does fit with the subject matter here This is the kind of book I always feel bad about not liking better It s important subject matter about real lives being destroyed or sent into upheaval Andet all I do is wonder why the author didn t provide context for the events and characters who wander through his tale and I end up spending too much time focused on the inadeuacies of the story and art Some people live some people die and this story does not do much to make me care about any of them It doesn t help that this is a fictionalized account of the Syrian Civil War and so I have to wonder how much license is being taken Also there is a constant refrain of x number of days pass and number of people die It s a horrifying reminder of the toll but it also serves to start causing a detachment and makes me think of that awful old Stalin uote The death of one man is a tragedy the death of millions is a statistic It s staggering to think how this story is set like five or six. Andestine hospital in the north of the country Her town is controlled by Assads brutal regime but is relatively stable However as the months pass the situation becomes increasingly complex and violent Told in stark beautiful black and white imagery Fr.

It s critical to understand the complex war in Syria a revolution that began as a hopeful resistance of a tyrannical leader turning arms on his people that turned into a conflict between a tyrannical government and terrorist groups of the Islamic brotherhood backed by the money and military power of Russia and the US However if I hadn t already read about this I think this book would confuse me and graphic novels are known for their ability to make complex topics understandable in that regard this failed The art was minimalist and sketchy which could give an atmosphere of chaos and mess but could also just confuse the narrative The characters were so blurry that I could never tell who was who much less find a way to connect and care for them especially when the entire text was dialogue driven only However it is an important topic and one could do worse things than pick this up I admire the writer and what he endured and it was a very fast read It s near impossible to tell an uplifting or a comprehensive story of the still ongoing wars within Syria and this book doesn t attempt to do so but tells a story of complicated situations that can t be contained within a binary of good and evil Sulaiman himself a Syrian refugee attempts to educate foreigners on the international scope of the war in his home country and show that there are kind and caring people within who believe in the human right to survive The Syrian war carries so much tragedy day after day and as foreigners we don t get to see many individual stories on the news This novel was finished in 2016 and just a few months ago in 2019 new terrible dimensions of the civil war unfold drawing deaths and despair Fck As much as the remarkable story that Freedom Hospital tells it doesn t feel very effective The advantage that comic book format has over other mediums is the power of the visuals Hamid Sulaiman s visuals are sketchy minimalistic and communicating with negative spaces rather than drawn lines The style is effective at places evoking a rebellious street mural kind of poignancy But at many other places where the critical drama happens it falls short One wonders if a Joe Sacco kind of attention to detail could have helped The overall effect of Hamid s style is to make it feel like a skim through an otherwise deeply humanist tale It is hard to find the right words to say about this book The war in Syria is atrocious and abominable and we need to know about it I am not going to say that in face of war only non fictional writing is justified No uite the contrary some of the greatest pieces of art are dealing with human suffering in war times Guernica Im Westen nichts Neues Apocalypse Now etc etc Freedom Hospital is a legitimate personal expression of an artist about the Syrian civil war Yet I doubt that it is either useful for understanding it better or a great piece of art And the only way for me to judge this book is by taking it as a piece of artMuch of my depreciation of this book is a problem I have with the whole genre graphic novels and comics I can t stand trivial text If this genre is to be a compound of two diverse arts the art of literature and the art of drawing then I expect the artists of this genre to try to excel in both of these involved arts And the conversation text in this book is commonplace in an embarrassing way trivial artless below mediocre simply bad Now if the pictures were great they might save some of the negative impression I had from the book And I must admit that unlike the text the pictures do attempt at being art It can arouse an impression of dark times in a dark place Nothing unexpected in view of the topic appropriate But why are the char. JOE SACCO MEETS PERSEPOLIS IN THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM A NEW INTERNATIONAL TALENT HAMID SULAIMAN WINNER ENGLISH PEN AWARD It is spring 2012 and 40000 people have died since the start of the Syrian Arab Spring In the wake of this Yasmine has set up a cl.

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