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The Harlem Hellfighters any good!


Gardenerbill
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This book looks interesting, not the usual historic fiction, it's a graphic novel.

So any one read it?

Are the images accurate?

Is the story accurate?

In short is it any good?

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This quote from an Independent review would seem to give the kiss of death as far as contributors to this forum are concerned:-

"The events in the graphic novel are all historical, though he did invent a handful of characters to complement the real-life heroes – since the aim of the project was not 100 per cent accuracy, but to return the Hellfighters to the public mind."

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I looked through the book in a library and would agree with the independent review of it. I would say it was sort of okay. The images did look fairly accurate for the most part. I didn't see anything really out of place but I didn't look that close either.

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As long as they don't confuse them with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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This quote from an Independent review would seem to give the kiss of death as far as contributors to this forum are concerned:-

"The events in the graphic novel are all historical, though he did invent a handful of characters to complement the real-life heroes – since the aim of the project was not 100 per cent accuracy, but to return the Hellfighters to the public mind."

I take your point that from a purely academic point of view the book is probably of no value, however I beleive that WW1 fiction has an important role in bringing the events to a wider audience and shouldn't our role on the forum when discussing a book be to point out primarilly if it misrepresents the facts?

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