New York Times Bestseller
A graphic novel of war and its aftermath.
A powerful, compulsively page-turning, vivid, and moving tribute to the experience of war and PTSD, The White Donkey tells the story of Abe, a young Marine recruit who experiences the ugly, pedestrian, and often meaningless side of military service in rural Iraq. He enlists in hopes of finding that missing something in his life but comes to find out that it's not quite what he expected. Abe gets more than he bargained for when his journey takes him to the middle east in war-torn Iraq.
This is a story about a Marine, written and illustrated by a Marine, and is the first graphic novel about the war in Iraq from a veteran. The White Donkey explores the experience of being a Marine, as well as the challenges that veterans face upon their return home, and its raw power will leave you in awe.
Pulling from his own experiences as a Marine in Iraq, debut author Uriarte combines a casual, straightforward dramatic style with clear, no-frills art that draws readers into his characters' everyday experiences and then wallops them with the tragedy of ordinary life. Abe has enlisted for reasons he doesn't understand, but explains it as looking for something that's missing. Alongside his buddy Garcia, Abe's journey through training, experience in combat, and home visits is a long odyssey during which he becomes displaced from his old life. The military lingo that dominates much of the dialogue can seem like a foreign language to a civilian, but that's crucial to the story, defining the insular alien world Abe has entered. Both respectful to the military and its role and sympathetic to the delicacy of the young soldiers, the story's power lies in a middle-ground view of the ongoing social conflict, seeking to bridge understanding on both sides.
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I’m AD/AF, picked up interest in the comic strip from my Marine brother-in-law, loved from that day since! Been really looking forward to reading this, and am glad I did! I’ve been lucky in my 6 deployments, to not be on the ground for any real engagements, but I have nothing but respect for all those on the ground every day and as always want to thank those who do. After I finished reading this it made me really think about a number of things from why I joined to why I’m still in. I feel that everyone who serves, needs to reflect at times when needed to keep focus and clear the head, and this book is another in a few instances that I’ve reflect and I say thank you for that!
Being an Active Duty Marine this book really puts a huge light on the effects of PTSD and how your life changes from it. This book was in all honesty great and 10/10 recommend it to others now after I’ve read it. I hope you write more books. Thank you for this one.
Very touching. First story to make cry in awhile.