Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun

Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun

A Personal History of Violence

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A graphic novel that chronicles the childhood of Geoffrey Canada, describing how he learned to survive on the violent streets of the South Bronx.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2010]
ISBN: 9780807044490
Characteristics: 124 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Canada, Geoffrey
Alternative Title: Personal history of violence


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Jun 04, 2016

Canada grew up in the South Bronx in the late 1950s. This masterful adaptation of his work by Jamar Nicholas traces the violence he saw growing up, that he ended up participating in, and that he finally committed his life to working against by building opportunities for youth.

My husband describes it as real, thought-provoking, but still compelling as a work of literature. Not one of those “true story” books you want to sleep through. I’d agree, and I think it’s because the book doesn’t spoon feed you. Instead it presents a series of quiet vignettes, with depth and human emotion for all parties involved. You draw your own conclusions.

One of the best graphic novel memoirs we've read.

Library_Dragon Mar 22, 2011

An incisive look at the effects of growing up in a violent intercity neighborhood. The author grew up in the South Bronx in the early 1960s, but much of what he has to say and share is still searingly relevant to today's youth. Definitely worth reading.

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