The Weekend Reading List: Love- The Lion

Love: The Lion by Frederic Brremaud and Federico Bertolucci

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The Stats:

  • Publication Date: June 21, 2016
  • Fiction, graphic novel, animals, the circle of life
  • 4/5
  • Warning: No words for this one. Like literally, there are no words. Just your imagination. If that’s not your thing, then this is probably not the book for you.

From Amazon:

“The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting — and dying — for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci.

A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.”

Zo’s Review:

Though Love: The Lion is the third volume in a series, you do not need to read the other two to be able to read it. What’s interesting about the Love series is that they are beautifully drawn graphic narratives that simultaneously tells a story while also saving room for the reader’s interpretation.

When I read that it involved “Disney-esque” I was literally wondering if this was going to be some Lion King rip off. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone would think Disney after going through this book. Love: The Lion is pretty dark. The only thing this story has in common with anything Disney is the theme of the circle of life but in this case in all of it’s gritty glory.

What I found really compelling about Love: The Lion is the complexity of the lions and the other animals in the story despite there being no written dialogue. There really was not a good lion vs. bad lion. It’s really about perspective and the realities of life and survival.

I think the creators of Love: The Lion created a beautiful story with lovely illustrations. It was nice to just go through something and be able to really think about the characters and their experiences. Love: The Lion is a well put together story and I look forward to experiencing other volumes of the series.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

What do you all think? Have you read Love: The Lion already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.

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