The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries
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The five-person team of illustrators does an excellent job of differentiating between the two worlds in the story, but a number of panels are cleverly drawn to momentarily make the distinction less clear.
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A bold and original graphic novelization of The Odyssey that is both a powerful story for our time—capturing its timeless lessons for returning veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq—as well as a vivid new way into Homer's classic for modern readers.

Jack Brennan is a Marine Corps sergeant whose infantry squad has been cleared to return home from a grueling deployment to Afghanistan. A few years prior, Sergeant Brennan lost one of his closest friends—a young combat veteran—to suicide and has vowed to do everything in his power to keep his Marines from a similar fate. On their last night in-country, Brennan shares his version of The Odyssey to help prepare his squad for the transition back to the home front. By retelling Homer's epic about Odysseus' difficult journey home after the Trojan War, and weaving in the stories of contemporary Marines, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan powerfully conveys the profound challenges today's veterans face upon returning from combat even as it tells "the oldest war story of all time."
 

About Bryan Doerries

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BRYAN DOERRIES is a writer, director, and translator. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal after suffering and loss. He is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, and their families to help them initiate conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war. He is also the cofounder of Outside the Wire, a social-impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues.


Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY
 
Published April 5, 2016 by Pantheon. 160 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, War, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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on Feb 08 2016

The five-person team of illustrators does an excellent job of differentiating between the two worlds in the story, but a number of panels are cleverly drawn to momentarily make the distinction less clear.

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