I like to read graphic novels which inspire something deeper than the average comic book, like the subtle 'Days of the Bagnold Summer' by Joff Winterhart, So when I saw that this was set in World War II, with themes exploring racism, social difficulties within a family etc, I was intrigued. However, from the outset the story is hard to commit to- not because of any lack of depth or lack of literary talent on behalf of William Harms- rather because of the horrifically graphic content. From a dog being shot and decomposing at the first outset , the lynching of an Asian man due to racism, the brutal gang rape and murder of a mentally disabled woman and the physical and emotional abuse a young boy receives at the hands of his family, this is not an enjoyable read. However, it could be argued that this is the point- a shock inducing story, that it is art in the way that it aggressively provokes an emotional reaction. Ultimately I would not recommend reading this graphic novel if you do not wear to be tormented by its content- I had to stop myself from burning the thing with disgust after I had read it, and I am far from a prude.